so many wires! it really boggles my mind at the number of wires!
last night was mainly about making all the connections like hard drives to power supply and to motherboard, optical drive to power and mobo, and all of the case fans!
there were also lots of tiny connections for the front panel such as power switch, LEDs, audio, and USBs
once all the connections were made, i attached the CPU cooler which is pretty bulky and would make some wiring difficult
i then borrowed a monitor from subQuark and connected it along with a keyboard and a mouse
most people would have then plugged it in and fired it up, but it was late and i wanted to sleep well with the ignorance not knowing if it worked (clueless ignorance is bliss ya know)
morning came, and before heading off to work, i headed over to subQ’s with my Operating System in hand, ever hopeful and optimistic (and blind faith) =)
i plugged in the box and used the handy mobo power switch and . . .
whoosh! the fans came on, blinding lights scared me, and it worked! =)
then i stuck the Windows 7 disc in and restarted and 15 minutes later, the OS was fully installed
then i ran the Windows Experiences Index and got a whopping 1.0! w00t! all that time and money and the machine preforms like a 1996 box! woohoo! no need to fear, no internet connection but the mobo disc and video card disc had the drivers needed to bring the Windows Experience Index up to 7.3!
the data drive was not listed but a quick pop over to disk management and the world’s longest formatting (i should of left “quick format” selected – duh) and voila – a terabyte data drive!
i’ll connect it to the web tonight and get all the latest drivers and maybe look at overclocking a tiny bit
so was it worth it? yes!
and there’s more to come including dealing with the heinous amount of wires, installing all my software, and doing USB3.0 SoaS tests and OpenSim in general! phew and now hopefully my incredible achy neck and shoulders can relax and take a break! =p
article series – Ener builds a PC:
- taking the PC building plunge (using PCPartPicker to spec it out)
- Ener’s VW computer project update (preliminary components selected)
- PC rebates for do-it-yourselfers (saving money!)
- PC build project – nite 01 (all the parts are in!)
- PC build project – day 02 (learn to love the mobo manual)
- PC build project – moment of truth (will it roar to life or spark and die)
- PC build project – odds and ends (sound foam and wifi card)
- PC build project – retrospect (stacking the odds for success)
- Ener Hax’s 2012 OpenSim Computer (final part list, prices, rebates)