‘Let’s build a computer’
My friend S said this to me just a few weeks ago during the final days of Dec 2011. We were watching back to back episodes of ‘The Big Bang Theory‘ on TBS and while lounging in our mutual friend K’s apartment in New Jersey he nonchalantly said that we should build a computer. It’s not so much that he said it, but he said with that voice, the one that seems like it’s the most sensible thing in the world. It’s the same voice God used when speaking to Moses and more recently to Tebow. Its the voice that often flicks a switch in one’s head that one never knew existed. There is no defense against that voice!.
As soon as he said it, I said ‘Yeah, Let’s build a computer!‘. The exclamation point at the end signifies the level of excitement I registered with my own voice at that moment. After coming back to Arizona the material procurement began. There is a bit of research involved but with help from couple of my office colleagues, it wasn’t as troublesome as I thought. Here is the external build (meaning, connecting the units outside the CPU case) I did to check if everything is working.
MSI P67 Board. NewEgg website says this board is a winner of customer choice award, but I didn’t get to vote. Note: Make sure you don’t have static on you. Static discharge will fry your board easily.
Time to attach the CPU cooler. Now it may seem like I miscalculated how big the CPU fan actually was before ordering it. I want to assure you that its true. It’s freakishly massive for a device that sits on top of a tiny processor.
The best thing about this CPU fan unit is that the package included everything from hex-screw heads to heat paste which is not commonly included with many coolers. Installation was a bit tricky since the cooler was awkwardly heavy for the board. And the printed circuit meant that there were sharp soldering points at the underside of the board which made holding the board mildly painful.
The video card (not pictured in the materials pic shown above) came in late – it’s a funny story, for another day – and it’s the last part to go in. This one is 1GB PCI-Express- Express meaning its faster than the PCI-normal type. FYI, there is no PCI-normal type, they are called just PCI.
Moment of truth. Time to connect the power supply and switch it on. This motherboard comes with a sweet little power button which many other boards ignore. Let’s see, blue LED is ON and both fans are spinning joyously. We’re in business. Just one more thing to confirm.
Awesome!! Just to be sure, yeah, its an error message and it is totally expected. The BIOS is complaining that stuff have not been initialized properly yet. We don’t have an OS yet and that’s only because we don’t have a Hard Disk connected!! I’ll set them up once these guys are safely setup inside a CPU case.
Next up, disconnecting these units, attaching them inside the CPU case and then connecting them back. Then the Hard disk will go in and then the new OS. Just for fun I am planning to go with Linux. I know there are multiple flavors of Linux out there. I am looking at Ubuntu now, but does any one have suggestions/advise for total Linux newbie?
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