All Systems Go

Today I finally got my desktop PC in running order again. I’m delighted.

About 3 years ago my friend Jamie and I built my computer from components bought from eBuyer and quickly assembled them into a pretty powerful computer. It worked reliably until a week into the Christmas holidays this year, from that point until now it had essentially been a heavy, expensive brick.

For some reason which I still don’t fully understand when I attempted to add an additional hard drive to the machine it stopped booting, removing the new hard drive made no difference and it was clear something else had happened. My best guess is that something shorted because when sending in my parts under warranty (always buy parts with super-long warranties included, kids!) the Motherboard, CPU and RAM were all found to be faulty.

The reason it took so long to get the machine back up and running is that it simply took so long to figure out the root cause of the problem and identify what parts had been affected, having the 3 most major parts go wrong after a simple hard drive installation was not something I, nor any of my friends who had a look at the machine, had expected. I guess this just proves it’s always best to expect the unexpected in computing.

Yesterday the final replacement part arrived at my accommodation, an AMD Phenom II x4 965 CPU, and I got to work putting the computer back together.

Today I got round to installing Windows 7, Microsoft Office and Visual studio and I’m typing from my “new” desktop now! I must say, though a bit slow, the manufacturers of my components and eBuyer have been more than helpful, I was really pleased with the support I received. 🙂 The replacement parts for the CPU, RAM and Motherboard were in fact upgrades on my old parts, so here is my updated desktop spec list:

CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965 (this is 200Mhz faster than my old one :P)
RAM: 8GB DDR3 CL9 Crucial Ballistix 1600Mhz  (2GB more than before, 300Mhz faster)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 PRO 970 (USB 3, SATA 6GB, UEFI BIOS)
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 5770
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 60GB
HDD: 1TB 7200RPM Samsung
Case: Antec 300
PSU: Corsair 650W TX Series


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