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I feel like this will help other people that are new to building and OCing. As this can be frustrating when there is a lack of knowledge on the subject.

Anyways, I jumped into building computers with an absolute lack of knowledge on building, I knew some stuff but most of the stuff I didn't no anything about. With the help of someone who I knew, who also had a slight lack of knowledge on this I built my rig on Newegg. I picked each part and thought I was doing good, rig came out at $1400 and I ordered it.

Parts:

E6600
P5K3
G.Skill 2x1gb DDR2
eVGA 8800GTS 640mb
OCZ GameXStream 700w
AC F7Pro
Antec P180
WD Cavier 320mb
Some Samsung DVD drive


Anyways, if you haven't noticed yet two parts on that last are incompatible with each other. Do you know which ones? Keep reading to find out.

So I received my parts and there were numerous boxes, I was so excited. I took all the parts out and started building my rig. Well, I ran into issues right away. The Asus P5K3 uses DDR3 RAM while the RAM I get was DDR2. Instead of me doing the smart thing and getting a mobo that uses DDR2 so I could save money I got DDR3 ram. It cost me $200 for 2x1gb 1066 RAM.

Newegg actually cross shipped the RAM so I got it right away. I built my rig, but wait, I wanted Vista x64 since I wanted the latest and greatest OS. So yet again, I cross shipped with Newegg. I installed Vista x64 and everything ran smoothly.

I had my computer done for almost a week but then I got bored, I wanted to try OCing. So I googled OCing and OCN and XS came up, OCN seemed like a easier site to navigate and it was at the top of the list so I joined up here.

I barely knew any terms and what to do for OCing. So one member on here gave me a simple BIOS configuration to hit 3ghz, as most intel users know, it's 333x9.

So I raised the vcore and it 3ghz. I was planning on leaving OCN after that but I kept posting here. I tried to help as much as possible even with my lack of knowledge on this and I slowly gained rep on OCN.

At this time, the 8800GT was coming out. When it came out I stepped up on NVIDIA and the next day they said my 8800GT was ready, all I needed to do was ship in my old card. So that's what I did. I received my 8800GT and was one of the first users on OCN to have one, I was so happy. People were asking me, the new user, questions. No longer was I some nub since I got my 8800GT's.

Now I wanted to take my new rig to the next level, so first thing I did was get an Armor TT on Black Friday. As I was in the whole "gamer" ideal, where I wanted windows, and LEDs and powerful hardware. Next thing I did was order a 680i LT and another 8800GT. I got both and set them up.

My temps were insane, they were hitting 70c for my cards. I went ahead and started OCing in the BIOS until my screen got weird and blanked out. I opened my case and noticed my NB heatsink had come off. My NB fried.

I went into chat on Newegg and told them my mobo fried and the cooler was different from the pics. I was given a full refund and got a P5N32-E.

I set everything back up into my P180 and started OCing. I got to 333x9 (3ghz) and couldn't get any higher. I was pretty upset, I though it was just because my A-DATA ram sucked. So I bought Tracers when the prices on Newegg were plummeting. When I got them my CPU still wouldn't go past 3ghz. I gave up and just stuck with 3ghz.

My rig was fine for months after this and my knowledge of hardware on OCN grew. I yet again, wanted to OC my CPU higher so I got the 780i after it came out. And like before, 3ghz wall. Obviously my CPU was a dud.

Yet again I gave up on computer building and this time was almost ready to be done for good. I was planning to sell my parts off and leave OCN out of frustration.

But some members in chat convinced me to stay and I tried to. I bought my Razer Sound card off of Newegg for $55 and my rig was working good so it looked like things were turning up. Well, until my 780i's NB fried.

I RMAed it to newegg and was yet again, ready to leave OCN. I stayed though and spent the rest of my money on good parts.

Parts:

Q6600 G0
TRUE
and fans

I replaced the NB fan and installed the TRUE onto my 780i, at the same time I also got my Rocketfish.

Things were really looking up now. I clean installed Vista x64 for like the 15th time and it was running very smooth. My Q6600 managed to boot into windows at 4ghz, but I decided to leave it at 3.2ghz as I have no use going higher.

When I look back at all of this, I must say, getting into building computers had to be the most frustrating and stressful things ever. I was ready to give it all up but stayed instead. I have seen new members give up on this because they do a few things wrong. I hope, though my story, any member that is new to this realized we all make mistakes at first and there is no need to give up.

And as you can see, even though I have over 400 reps, made some of the dumbest mistakes ever. Yet there is no need to be ashamed. My advice, stick with it and keep going. Bad things happen, but that is no reason to stop.


First Rig:




Present Rig:




So remember, don't be afraid to ask questions and make mistakes. OCN is here to help, and without OCN I wouldn't be this far into building and OCing. We were all new to this at one point.

And feel free to post your stories if you want.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 5820K MSI X99A SLI PLUS EVGA GTX 1070 FTW 4x8GB G.Skill Ripjaws  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 850 Pro Samsung 850 Evo Noctua NH-D15 Windows 10 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell U2515H Happy Hacking Keyboard 2  EVGA Supernova 750 G2 Corsair 600Q 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G403 Steelseries QcK Mass M-Audio AV40 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 930 @ 3.7 HT Gigabyte X58A-UD3R VisionTek 4870x2 3x4GB's G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
500GB AAKS, 2x 640GB AAKS, 2x 1TB Samsung SH-S203B Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Samsung 245BW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Happy Hacking Keyboard 2 Silverstone OP850 Antec 1200 [Three Nanoxia FX12] [Two San Ace 1011] Logitech G500 
Mouse Pad
Razer eXactMat 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 3615QM GT 650M 16GB DDR3 256GB SSD 
OS
OS X Mountain Lion 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 5820K MSI X99A SLI PLUS EVGA GTX 1070 FTW 4x8GB G.Skill Ripjaws  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 850 Pro Samsung 850 Evo Noctua NH-D15 Windows 10 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell U2515H Happy Hacking Keyboard 2  EVGA Supernova 750 G2 Corsair 600Q 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G403 Steelseries QcK Mass M-Audio AV40 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 930 @ 3.7 HT Gigabyte X58A-UD3R VisionTek 4870x2 3x4GB's G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
500GB AAKS, 2x 640GB AAKS, 2x 1TB Samsung SH-S203B Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Samsung 245BW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Happy Hacking Keyboard 2 Silverstone OP850 Antec 1200 [Three Nanoxia FX12] [Two San Ace 1011] Logitech G500 
Mouse Pad
Razer eXactMat 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 3615QM GT 650M 16GB DDR3 256GB SSD 
OS
OS X Mountain Lion 
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Very nice, inspiring post! +rep
Although, I don't think all of us are as tempramental with deciding to "leave" OCN out of frustration.
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Originally Posted by noldevin View Post
Very nice, inspiring post! +rep
Although, I don't think all of us are as tempramental with deciding to "leave" OCN out of frustration.
After having having to constantly rebuild my rig and stuff, having parts not work and having to RMA stuff, I wanted to put this behind me really.
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(15 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 5820K MSI X99A SLI PLUS EVGA GTX 1070 FTW 4x8GB G.Skill Ripjaws  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 850 Pro Samsung 850 Evo Noctua NH-D15 Windows 10 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell U2515H Happy Hacking Keyboard 2  EVGA Supernova 750 G2 Corsair 600Q 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G403 Steelseries QcK Mass M-Audio AV40 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 930 @ 3.7 HT Gigabyte X58A-UD3R VisionTek 4870x2 3x4GB's G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
500GB AAKS, 2x 640GB AAKS, 2x 1TB Samsung SH-S203B Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Samsung 245BW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Happy Hacking Keyboard 2 Silverstone OP850 Antec 1200 [Three Nanoxia FX12] [Two San Ace 1011] Logitech G500 
Mouse Pad
Razer eXactMat 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 3615QM GT 650M 16GB DDR3 256GB SSD 
OS
OS X Mountain Lion 
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Rig
(15 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 5820K MSI X99A SLI PLUS EVGA GTX 1070 FTW 4x8GB G.Skill Ripjaws  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 850 Pro Samsung 850 Evo Noctua NH-D15 Windows 10 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell U2515H Happy Hacking Keyboard 2  EVGA Supernova 750 G2 Corsair 600Q 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G403 Steelseries QcK Mass M-Audio AV40 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 930 @ 3.7 HT Gigabyte X58A-UD3R VisionTek 4870x2 3x4GB's G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
500GB AAKS, 2x 640GB AAKS, 2x 1TB Samsung SH-S203B Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Samsung 245BW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Happy Hacking Keyboard 2 Silverstone OP850 Antec 1200 [Three Nanoxia FX12] [Two San Ace 1011] Logitech G500 
Mouse Pad
Razer eXactMat 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 3615QM GT 650M 16GB DDR3 256GB SSD 
OS
OS X Mountain Lion 
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