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My First PC Build

Discussion in 'Recording' started by SonOfSmawg, Mar 8, 2002.

  1. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Well, I finally have all of my components. The last thing to get here will be the case, and it is on a UPS truck, on its' way to my house. And so it starts...
    Since I'm saving for SS32, which is not host-based, I decided to go with a less expensive but adequate PC. Here's what I have:
    Codegen ATX9001 case
    Codegen 300xx AMD-approved 350 watt PS
    ECS K7S5A mobo
    AMD Athlon 950
    128Mb Micron cas2 133 SDRAM
    Thermalright SK6 with Delta 60mm fan
    Appian Jeronimo Pro Video
    Sony VAIO (Trinitron) monitor CPD-120VS
    Soundblaster CT4170 (Vibra 16XV chip)
    Quantum Fireball Plus 10G h/d (crap that came in my Mac)
    Creative Labs 52x CDROM
    Mitsumi Floppy
    POS Actiontec PCI Lite Modem
    Turbo Media keyboard
    Logitech Trackman Marble+
    I have Winblows 98SE, 2000, and XP Pro. I've never used 2000, but I'd like to use it on this system. What are the pros and cons to using 2000? Comments or advice? Driver problems?
    I have a friend here in Pahrump who builds and repairs puters, but he's on vacation. If anyone here has any tips or advice to offer on building from scratch, it would be very kindly appreciated. I've been gathering my components for a long time, and now that I have it all, ummm, it's kinda scary ...lol. AMD's online building info seems very thorough, though, and I doubt that I'll have any real problems.
    BTW ... this whole system cost me less than $500!
    Now where's that damn UPS truck...?
     
  2. SonOfSmawg,
    I'll let you know when Soundscape 32 is in stock!

    Thanks
     
  3. Tommy P.

    Tommy P. Well-Known Member

    Doooowd!,
    I have two K7S5A builds under my belt, so you got
    FREE tech support if you need it.Very fast, stable and compatible bargain board of the year. The first thing I can tell ya is, the board may have come shipped with the CMOS jumper in the "clear" position. Check the manual for the normal position of that jumper.It was a real bitch for guys like me that are too confident to read a silly manual.( I do read them now) :eek:
    Can you say "f'ked up rebooting" three times fast? LOL,I was chanting it. ;)

    Tommy P.
     
  4. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Well, the UPS guy finally showed-up, and the case is a friggin MONSTER! It kinda resembles one of those little hotel refridgerators ... lol. So, I checked here to see if anyone had posted, and figured I'd keep you posted on getting my PC building proverbial cherry busted. The good news is that I'm not bleeding ... yet. I have the CPU on the mobo, and I just installed the damn heatsink clip backward. I imagine this is the first in a long line of SNAFUs I'm about to experience.
    Anyway ... back to the PC ... fingers crossed.
     
  5. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    So if there's a huge blast in Nevada we can assume(making an ASS ouf U and ME)that it was caused by you SOS? LMAO!!
    Congrats and keep us posted to how it goes...

    things to watch out for are driver jumper settings..In order for my hard drive to be recognized on the primary with the CDROM in the chain as well I had to put my Hard drive in Master mode or Single Drive and also put my CDROM in Cable Select mode....interesting eh?

    Video card and memory are fully seated..

    Jumpers on mainboard are all set correctly..This got me with Jetoney's system..he had it tested at Mwave(When I told him not to....shame shame shame) and the company put the board in jumper mode....why? no idea...So I set it up to overclock yet wouldnt let me..finally I realized they messed with it and so I had to flash the COMS! oh well..

    BIOS revisions..make sure you have the latest version

    Otherwise...that's it!

    Opus
     
  6. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Okidoki, I've got the heatsink and fan mounted properly on the mobo, and also installed the memory. Now I have to put the mobo in the case ... sort of like throwing a rock in the Grand Canyon. Here goes ... I'll keep posting ...
    OHHH ... and Bert ... no rush on that ... not unless you're giving them away ... lol. I gotta save a LOT more money still.
     
  7. Tommy P.

    Tommy P. Well-Known Member

    Is that toast burning? No,its just my new AMD chip!LOL!

    Those Thermalright SK6 heatsinks are a bitch. Large heavy copper slugs just waiting to crush your CPU core. Don't push too hard angled to the core. Read that big fold out glossy AMD installation brochure. Here is the only critical part if the build. The rest is cake. THE FULCRUM POINT OF THE CLIP MUST REST DIRECTLY ABOVE THE CENTER OF THE CPU CORE. Or your heatsink will be cocked to one side by uneven tension, causing toast in about 20 seconds. Way before you realize to pull the plug.
    Unfortunately AMD boards don't all throttle down on temperature rise.
    And just a smidgin of thermal grease applied evenly, not with your finger(oils and contaminants cause breakdown of the thermal properties).

    Didn't scare ya did I ;)

    Tommy P.
     
  8. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Tom, you're a day late and a dollar short ... the sucker is already installed. As far as I know, everything is Ok. It wasn't easy putting that SK6 on, though. I used the funky little pad-thingy that came with the heatsink instead of thermal goop.
    I'm doing the build right next to my Mac station, so I'm leaving this post up, and refreshing every so often.
    I just took out the metal template that came on my case and replaced it with the nicer one that came with the mobo. I moved all of the P/S wires out of the way, and I'm looking at this bag of screws wondering if there's some special way I'm supposed to attach the mobo to the case. So, here I go, back to it again ... cigarette break is over.
    Anyone who feels like hanging around here while I do this is welcome. If nothing else, it's cheaper than going to the comedy club...
     
  9. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Okay, mobo is installed in the case. Nice fit, all the holes lined-up right with no problems. Hmmm...now where do all these wires go?
     
  10. Tommy P.

    Tommy P. Well-Known Member

    Way to go! I've got nothing better to do (except piss off a bunch of little shits over at Anandtech) so I'll hang! :cool:
     
  11. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Kewl! I'm still trying to figure out where all the wires go. MY GOD, there's a ton of them! The ECS manual isn't the greatest, and my eyesight isn't so hot for trying to read the little letters on the mobo, but I'm getting there. The new case didn't come with a speaker, so I ripped the speaker out of my old PC and jury-rigged it in there. I plugged in the AGP thingy off of the P/S, and now I'm trying to see where to plug-in all the front panel LEDs. Next step is to physically install the CDROM, Floppy drive, harddrive, and video card. I read on the AMD site to install "the basics" first, to get it up and running, then add-in a piece at a time ... to avoid conflicts.
    Tom, do you know much about Winblows 2000? I've only used 98SE and XPhome before. Is 2000 pretty similar? Will it be good to use 2000 on this new machine?
     
  12. Tommy P.

    Tommy P. Well-Known Member

    Win2000 will be the easiest thing you ever did. Format fat32, not NTFS. What else you wanna do?
     
  13. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    I got the LEDs all set on their proper little pins. Now I have to install and plug-in the drives. Will W2000 have most generic drivers to get this sucker started? What happens when you have it all assembled and you're ready to fire it up? Is there a special procedure to perform for the initial start-up and set-up? When do you load the OS, drivers, and so-forth? I purposely didn't do anything to the harddrive before I took it out of the old PC ... it still has W98SE on it. Wheh should I format it and install W2000?
     
  14. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Oh, and there are 5 sets of leads coming from the front of the case. The red & white pair is for the HDD LED, the green & black pair is for the power switch, the black & white pair is for the reset switch, and the green & white pair is for the power LED. Do you know what the yellow & black pair is for? I have no idea...
     
  15. Tommy P.

    Tommy P. Well-Known Member

    You don't need anything on the old drive, right? Just checking. I usually boot-up tapping the Del key to get into the bios. We can check everything and choose the right settings.
     
  16. Tommy P.

    Tommy P. Well-Known Member

    Is it the speaker?
     
  17. Tommy P.

    Tommy P. Well-Known Member

    Oh yeah, you said you already hooked up the speaker. Do you have a tamper switch on that case?
     
  18. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Nope, the case didn't come with a speaker in it. I transfered the speaker over from my old PC and plugged it in. I was thinking that perhaps the yellow and black pair go to the P/S (?). I really have no clew. I may have to take the whole front of the case apart to see where the hell they go ... hope not.
    I don't need to save anything on the harddrive. Ideally, I'd just like to erase and partition it, install W2000 and drivers, and be a happy little camper.
     
  19. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Tamper switch??? :confused:
    It has a locking door on the front. The two top drive bays, where my FDD and my CDROM are, are not inside the door, but the door covers the rest of the front. I've never read that it has anything but the cheapo lock as far as tamper resistance.
     
  20. Tommy P.

    Tommy P. Well-Known Member

    Looks like you've got things well in hand. Almost 2am in NY, gotta get up early to cook pancakes for the little ones. ;)
     

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