I built my first PC!

My D3 pc from 2012 got water damage on the mobo & video card from the liquid cooling system. I got it repaired but they said it’d fail any time. I started getting CPU Fan & CPU Over Temp errors a month or 2 ago & it finally started getting single digit FPS in games.

I decided to try building for a learning experience & to save money. My first parts list was:

Crucial M500 120GB SATA 2.5-Inch SSD
Crucial 16GB DDR3 1600 240 Pin Memory
INtel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad Core processor
Silverstone Tek Micro/Mini-ATX Mid-Tower case
EVGA GeForce GTX 660 video card
EVGA 500B 500W 80+ Bronze power supply
ASRock Mobo H81M-HD5

I planned to re-use a 1tb HDD, a DVD drive & Windows 7 Home Premium.

I spent a whole weekend watching youtube videos & googling around for stuff that wasn’t in the directions. Mostly everything. I somehow managed to get most of it put together only to find out the video card won’t sit on the mobo cuz there’s a 3-pin fan connector in the way & the case is small with no room for wires.

I went to the IT dept at work asking if they had parts to trade & they said to send back the mobo & replace it with a ASRock Mobo H81M. They gave me a bigger case & I sent mine back.

Got the parts here last weekend & tried to get my power supply into that new case & it didn’t fit! 🙁 There was 2 metal tab/screw/things in the way to keep it from lining up to the power supply hole. I ended up tearing apart the damaged computer & re-using the case instead.

I was worried the front USB ports wouldn’t work since there was water damage on the old mobo where they connected, but the connectors didn’t get damaged. 🙂

I had to do most of the work outside the case since it’s too hard for me to see inside.

I had a hard time closing the left case panel since the HDD has those cables coming out a little too far. I may end up getting some mounting brackets & put it in the 5 inch slot later.

Here’s my final part list:

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($64.79 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5″ Solid State Disk  ($72.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card  ($196.98 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($49.29 @ Amazon)
Total: $743.04
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-21 01:57 EDT-0400)

And pics

old mobo & video card
finished pc build
fits great except maybe moving the hdd
computing Stupid

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