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Hi all, well i've gone and done it now.........hours of reading / research on here, avforums, and on various supplier sites have led me to take a brave (or stupid) leap into building myself a pc.
Due to being unable to work at the moment i have sold my pc, and am selling my laptop to raise some funds, both were very good spec ready made machines and i hope to build a decent machine and bolster my bank account at the same time.
I mostly use my pc for web browsing, light photo editing, and light gaming ( eg sims etc ) so hopefully i've hit the right balance of performance, quality, and value.
Here's what i've bought.....
Motherboard- Asus P8Z68-V LX scan today only bundle
CPU Intel i5 2500k unlocked 3.30 Ghz scan today only bundle
RAM Corsair XMS3 4x2Gb 1600Mhz DDR3 scan
HDD 1 WD500OAAKX 7200rpm Sata3 6Gb/s scan
HDD 2 Samsung HD204UI 2Tb Sata2 5400rpm scan
GPU Saphire HD5830 1Gb DDR5 PCIe amazon
PSU Antec TruePower New TP-550 Modular scan-today only
Case CiT Mars Red Led ATX gaming overclockers
Optical Samsung 12x Blu Ray read DVD/RW overclockers
Optical Samsung 22x D/L DVD RW drive, Scan
Card Reader generic 3.5" multi flash card reader overclockers
Cpu Air Cooler Gellid Tranquillo Rev2 heatpipe pwm scan

Total cost with shipping (where applicable) and the dreaded VAT £632.38p

I have taken photo's of the build, and will update this post when able to do so (as may be computerless for a few days).
I already have a
Samsung 27" LED LCD HD monitor
Samsung Story Station 1Tb USB 2.0 external HDD
Logitech 2.1 speakers
Logitech HD C310 webcam
Logitech M305 cordless mouse
Saitek Cyborg V7 keyboard
So i'm hoping for a nice set-up when complete.
Any comments, advice, questions or queries most welcome.
Thanks for reading, bye for now,
Jamie.
 

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Hi all, so time to post some pic's i guess (still not finished build though)....
Damnit, they changed photobox, cant find img file link now Grrrrrrrr.......
Loads of boxes....mmmmmmmm
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More Boxes
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Case unboxed
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last batch till i finish build......
Case top panel removed to modify and fit top exhaust fan.....
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Marking fan position.....
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Top fan fitted.......
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Fan cover fitted.....
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Drive rack painted matt black.......
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Final instalment soon :clap:
 

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Hi,
I tried to start the computer monday without success, seems i got the wrong RAM
Scan have issued a RMA to return it, and i have taken the oppertunity to upgrade to 4x2Gb corsair 1600Mhz dual channel DDR3 1.65v, as recommended in Asus motherboard manual.
Original RAM was the same, just 1333Mhz 1.5v
New RAM arrived Wed 12th Oct.
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I thought that the original RAM would be fine, but when i tried starting new pc it fired everything up ok, but no display output.
Tried disconnecting hdd and optical drives and booting with just 1 stick of RAM as suggested elsewhere (had the wife on search duty ) no change, tried re-setting motherboard BIOS by removing battery and swapping jumper to re-set mode, also no difference, tried with and without graphics card, still nothing.
Then the wife asked, "are you sure that RAM is compatible"? re-checked asus board manual and choices are pretty specific, i had "CMX" needed "CMP" damnit.
So called scan, who confirmed my ram wasn't suitable and issued rma.
I have now got 4x2Gb corsair DDR3 dual channel 1600 Mhz 9-9-9-24 1.65v which is specifically listed in the Asus manual.

bye for now.....jamie.
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I have removed all components from case and rebuilt on desk, removed and re fitted CPU and Cooler, Tried every combo of RAM, re-set Board (many times) etc.
Last night the board suddenly went beep, DRAM led flashed once, (one stick of RAM in slot B2, PSU, CPU cooler, Keyboard, mouse and monitor only connected, no graphics board) and monitor displayed first "post" message. So i switched it off and re-started fine...great i thought. So i then connected 1x HDD and 1xDVD drive and re-started again...still all fine (one beep' one flash dram led). Next i set DVD drive as boot device, re-started, and loaded Windows7. Took 2 goes to get successful load, re-started (windows boot error, unable to fix or start normally) damn.
At this stage wife suggested i re-build inside the case, before re-loading windows. So i put all back in case fully connected everything (except Graphics card). re-connected monitor, keyboard and mouse, and tried to fire up.......rig starts for about 2 seconds, shuts down for about 3 seconds, then starts up again (no beep, no Dram led flash), and just sits there running (no display, keyboard and mouse dead.
I have tried removing RAM back to 1 stick in B2, disconnecting drives, disconnecting case switches, right down to only having connected same things as when on bench.
Still no joy.........i don't have access to another suitable computer to try components in sadly.
I am at my wit's end now, and have no idea what the problem is.............
PLEASE, any ideas/suggestions welcome.

jamie.
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Sorry if this thread is a little disjointed, i have copied/pasted from my thread on avforums to save typing all again, and modified to hopefully make sense.

Thanks in advance for any help/advice you peeps can offer......

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Originally Posted by cabbie19;15289175
I have removed all components from case and rebuilt on desk, removed and re fitted CPU and Cooler, Tried every combo of RAM, re-set Board (many times) etc.
Last night the board suddenly went beep, DRAM led flashed once, (one stick of RAM in slot B2, PSU, CPU cooler, Keyboard, mouse and monitor only connected, no graphics board) and monitor displayed first "post" message. So i switched it off and re-started fine...great i thought. So i then connected 1x HDD and 1xDVD drive and re-started again...still all fine (one beep' one flash dram led). Next i set DVD drive as boot device, re-started, and loaded Windows7. Took 2 goes to get successful load, re-started (windows boot error, unable to fix or start normally) damn.
At this stage wife suggested i re-build inside the case, before re-loading windows. So i put all back in case fully connected everything (except Graphics card). re-connected monitor, keyboard and mouse, and tried to fire up.......rig starts for about 2 seconds, shuts down for about 3 seconds, then starts up again (no beep, no Dram led flash), and just sits there running (no display, keyboard and mouse dead.
I have tried removing RAM back to 1 stick in B2, disconnecting drives, disconnecting case switches, right down to only having connected same things as when on bench.
Still no joy.........i don't have access to another suitable computer to try components in sadly.
I am at my wit's end now, and have no idea what the problem is.............
PLEASE, any ideas/suggestions welcome.

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are you using motherboard stand off's? Sounds like the motherboard is touching the case.

Edit: maybe forgetting the 8 Pin connector?
 

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Case is designed with raised mounting points for board screws, if i fitted stand-offs the board wouldn't line up with rear i/o connection panel......board is well away from case.
24 pin and 8 pin connectors fitted, checked, and re-checked.

Any other ideas......(faulty board maybe?)

Thankyou very much for your reply....jamie.
 

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Originally Posted by cabbie19;15289266
Case is designed with raised mounting points for board screws, if i fitted stand-offs the board wouldn't line up with rear i/o connection panel......board is well away from case.
24 pin and 8 pin connectors fitted, checked, and re-checked.

Any other ideas......(faulty board maybe?)

Thankyou very much for your reply....jamie.
If the board works outside of the case, theres no reason it shouldn't inside of the case unless it is grounding it's self on something.

Edit: are you still using four modules of ram? or two modules now? If so put them in the light blue sockets.
 

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The board wouldn't work outside the case for ages, then one time it suddenly started working, after that it was ok until windows failed to load properly (it was still starting to bios post but windows wouldn't start. I moved it inside case to re-load windows and it went back to refusing to start. (on 2 seconds, off 3 seconds, back on, but no display or power to keyboard.
Think i'm gonna have to talk to supplier and get advice on what to try RMA'ing.
Thanks for your help, will keep y'all posted on any progress.
Oh, i am using 1 stick of RAM in light blue slot 2b.
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The board wouldn't work outside the case for ages, then one time it suddenly started working, after that it was ok until windows failed to load properly (it was still starting to bios post but windows wouldn't start. I moved it inside case to re-load windows and it went back to refusing to start. (on 2 seconds, off 3 seconds, back on, but no display or power to keyboard.
Think i'm gonna have to talk to supplier and get advice on what to try RMA'ing.
Thanks for your help, will keep y'all posted on any progress.
Oh, i am using 1 stick of RAM in light blue slot 2b.
jamie.

Talk to someone at the RMA department. But try getting it to boot again outside of the case. Just put it on the box it came in, connect everything and install windows.
 

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Sounds like it could be a faulty PSU? Have you tried another power supply?

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If it stopped working immediately after you moved it back into the case something is grounding somewhere. Look very carefully for scratches on the embossed standoffs. I never have liked that kind of standoff as there are a few different layouts for holes.
 
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