Building A Computer

new computer partsI finally bought a new computer. I bought it in pieces from NCIX.com (I’ll post about them later), who are on the other side of Canada, but with shipping it was still cheaper than buying the equivalent pre-assembled PC. It arrived in less than a week. Here’s the important stuff:

bloody knuckleIt took me five hours and two beers. The part I worried about the most was the easiest: attaching the CPU and its fan onto the motherboard. AMD included a poster-size diagram on how to do it. The hardest part was fitting the DVD burner and hard-drive into their drive bays. That’s how I got the blooded knuckles.

assembled computerThe last step in the process was plugging the power supply into the motherboard. Easy. Well, I discovered the power supply had a 20-pin connector but the motherboard had a 24-pin connector; there would’ve have been four empty slots if I tried to plug it in (if it even fitted). The specifications for both were “ATX”, which is some kind of standard; neither said anything about the pins required! Pissed me off.

The next morning while running weekly errands, I dropped into a few computer shops and no one had a 20 to 24-pin adapter, and some hadn’t even heard of one. Exasperated, I went home and decided to start phoning shops I didn’t visit. The first place said I didn’t need an adapter. I was incredulous. He said the power supply’s connector would fit in only one position; that is, it was dummy proof. Their shop did it ALL the time. He guaranteed it wouldn’t blow up my motherboard, asking if I had a PCI Express card and what my power supply wattage was, to be sure. So a big thanks to Ron at PCMedic in Dieppe for saving me 10 bucks. Seriously.

Putting together a PC from its pieces is a pain in the arse, but it IS cheaper buying the parts that way. I’d only recommend it if you’re tech-savy.

So the PC is up and running now except I haven’t hooked it up to the net yet.

Update: The motherboard’s chip failed six months after this. ASUS sent me a replacement motherboard.

6 Replies to “Building A Computer”

  1. that shipping box was a ripoff! i expected it to at least be made of sturdy plastic. i was thinking like those boxes with the interlocking teeth that i used to see at Sears. but no, it’s the same goddamn box i got with my last order for FREE.

    I got intel partly so i could stay with my current mobo, and let the woman have the cheaper one in that order. So now she gets that 130$ board, with my 2.4ghz and i get the new 3GHz. Although it’s also partly because i’m an idiot and made the order on a whim without catching up on my hardware news. if i could make the order again, i’d get an AMD board and cpu, and let the woman have mine…

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