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Here's a little story about how badly my computer building experience went. Everything is just about fixed up now (I have yet to update my sig rig fully). So here's the story (if you want to hear a hardware horror story). The ending is happy at least:

I live in Canada, BC, so I get all my parts from NCIX in store. I went over there and purchased an Intel i7 2600k, GeForce 460 1GB, Intel Pro 1155 Motherboard, 750W XFX PSU, Antec 900 Case, 120GB OCZ Vertex 2 SSD, and 4GB of DDR3 G.Skill RAM.

I take everything home and assemble the setup. I get some crashes, and pinpoint them: It's the graphics card. Okay, so I return that to NCIX and get a 6970 instead (problem solved). I get home and the card doesn't fit in the PCI slot. I had to do some minor case modifications (and it wasn't length-wise, it was the dimensions of the metal plate where the DVI connections are). I then decide I want a 850-950W power supply just incase of future upgrades (overkill is better than underkill). So my dad has a new computer build, and he takes the 750W from me for the price I paid. I get a 950W Corsair PSU: Guess what? Defective. High pitch buz sound. I return that and get an 850W Modular Silverstone. I also pick up an h70 (which has been flawless so far, thankfully).

So at this point I finally have a sigh of relief. Everything is fixed... time to do some overclocking! I haven't yet checked out CPU-Z and HWMonitor and all that. So I set my CPU to stock settings in the BIOS, and check out CPU-Z. What's this? My bus speed is not at 100Mhz? It's switching all over the place? My CPU won't go over 3400MHz even with turbo boost on? Alright, let's try turning that turbo boost off, updating the BIOS, and following some guides in order to get a very mild overclock just to see what this chip can do. Nope... turns out I've got ANOTHER broken part.

So I go back to NCIX and return my motherboard and CPU (I talked with the tech guy and had my computer there to show him... he understood).

So now I have a Gigabyte P67A-UD4 motherboard instead, and I hope it will function well. My new i7 2600k will be coming as well. I heard the MSI motherboard's PCI slots were a bit closer together (which I don't want, since cfx 6950's apparently don't fit). Don't know if this is a rumor, just heard it on a newegg review.

So in the end:
Processor - Replaced after 4 days from purchase
Motherboard - Replaced after 4 days from purchase
Graphics Card - Replaced after 1 day from purchase
Power Supply - Replaced after 3 days from purchase
Case - Good from the start
SSD - Good from the start
Cooler - Good from the start
Disc Drives - Good from the start (I had them from a previous computer, bluray drive and disc drive)
Edited by PaulWog - 1/19/11 at 8:23pm
    
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post #2 of 26
Ouch. That sucks! At least you didn't order the parts from somewhere and had to ship them back!
    
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Whoaaa insane x.x

Great job plowing through all those errors!!
You should be happy you didn't have to RMA anything LOLOL.

Nice build :] Have fun with it!
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god thats horrible
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Goodness gracious an Intel Pro mobo?It goes like that sometimes,at least you didn't have to ship all those parts back!
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Originally Posted by Hysteria~ View Post
Ouch. That sucks! At least you didn't order the parts from somewhere and had to ship them back!
This. Try having the same thing happen, but each failure you had to pay for shipping to ship it back, instead of just taking a trip down to where ever you bought it from.

Anyways though, glad to hear it is working out better for you. I hear the p8p67 pro, while popular, is going through its growing pains stage where there are still a lot of problems in the bios, but almost all motherboards are like that at this point in the game. That's the one thing that sucks about being an early adopter.
     
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I can't even begin to imagine how far I'd be set back if I had to deal with this all through shipping. Wow.

Lol Behemoth777, don't get me worried about my new Gigabyte motherboard! As long as it functions without crashing, keeps the clocks at the set ratios, and basically functions as intended... I'm happy. I don't mind if I'm limited to an OC that's lower than 5GHz, as long as I *can* overclock, and somewhat decently. I only want to have a very basic 24/7 OC, and just otherwise it's for benching.
    
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Damn dude, did you like pis on a hobo in a previous life or something?

I'm glad it is all sorted out and you never had to ship anything, though.
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Damn dude, did you like pis on a hobo in a previous life or something?

I'm glad it is all sorted out and you never had to ship anything, though.
If by previous life you mean last week. And by hobo you mean... anyways, you'd think I'd have done something to ruin my karma :-D

Yeah. Well, once I get my new i7 2600k, I'll know for sure if it's 100% sorted out. It would be crazy if I yet again experienced another issue with the mobo or CPU hah! Otherwise, I *think* the RAM is quite stable (it handled the bus going wonky without crashing), and the OCZ SSD is great, and the case is very functional, and as far as 1 day's usage has gone the PSU and h70 are both nice. 6970 is excellent.
    
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post #10 of 26
this is why i dont use newegg
retail only
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