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    So, it's your first time actually putting together a computer. How did it end up? Did it run flawlessly on the first startup? I fully built a computer fior the first time back in September. As for me, I spent a lot of time online researching all the parts I wanted, then spent a lot of time fianally putting them together. And then, after all of that work, I go to turn it on...and nothing. The damn thing didn't turn on. After some help from here, I found out the power supply was dead. I RMA'd and overnighted my dead one back for a new one. The new one arrives.....it's dead. I send it back, with the cheapest shipping this time, and order a completely different brand. The new one arrives, and it's too long for me to have the top exhaust fan in my case. So I wait a little bit, research, and return it for a different one. Though I was still able to use the computer, so it wasn't that bad. That wasn't the end of power supply troubles for me. I've gone through so much **** with them since then. But, my current one has always worked fine, and I love it. So, what kind of troubles, if any, have you gone through?

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    The first time I tried hooking a computer up back when I was 8 or so. .
    I hooked the monitor up to a male serial port and roasted the Ribbon cable when I turned it on. Started smoking and I ran away from it.
    . . I've been learning how to repair computers ever since.

    Now I can Build a Custom PC in about 5mins-10mins.

    The only problems I have nowdays is computers that have been shorted out, or have lightning damage.
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    first comp i built is the one im using now...went flawlessly....but the first case change over i had was an hp to a premod i had... i couldnt get it to power up....i racked my brain for hours trying to figure out what it was .... damned switch on the back of the PSU!

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    First comp I built at 9 or 10. It was a system I used to play Ut99. I got the parts from my dad and he told me how to assemble it. I think a cable or something was loose, but it worked fine after that.

    Now I can completely disassemble and reassemble a computer in under a half hour.



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    First one I built was my dad's. Built it Christmas day, set it up in the living room, and ding! It worked!

    I have had a power supply explode on me though...
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    I built my first one when I was 14. I upgraded an eMachines with a 6600GT to play HL2. Then the PSU and mobo fried after a couple months (the PC was already a few years old). I bought a new mobo and PSU, swapped cases, and put everything together. Took a bit to figure out the front connectors because the manual had nothing about it, but after that it went fine.
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    I kinda sorta added and removed parts from my old PC but my current one really is my first build.

    I'd have to say it's been a learning experience, and a functional one at that. Next time I would do something way different. Right now I want to replace the RAM (1gb mixed pair with no dual channel) a better video card (a PCIe one, not AGP) and a SATA or SATA II HDD, as my current one is slow. On the bright side my mobo supports two different kinds of RAM (one kind at a time), has a SATA plug (not sure which yet, haven't looked) and has a PCIe (kinda specific on the video cards, but I'm not worried). Upgrades here I come! After college, that is...

    But yeah, it's been fun, I enjoy working with PCs. We'll see how my career turns out after all this. I'll probably have some good laughs looking at myself as I am now in five years or so.

    Oh, and I fried a CPU and possibly a mobo too on my first attempt. I'm happy with the results, no more 1.4ghz Socket A with onboard video crap, I now have a (OC'ed to) 2.9ghz Pentium D Dual Core CPU and an nVidia 6800XT to play games with, muahaha. For those that haven't tried to build a PC, do your homework, ask advice from someone else (jk, but still a good idea to get multiple opinions on anything), and go for it.

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    1st build was Wiedergeboren.

    Me and my friend Jesse, we practiced for the Cisco IT Comp in April, and our tag-team time; disassembly and re-assembly was a record 4 minutes, 27 seconds. The old was 8 minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b4i7 View Post
    first comp i built is the one im using now...went flawlessly....but the first case change over i had was an hp to a premod i had... i couldnt get it to power up....i racked my brain for hours trying to figure out what it was .... damned switch on the back of the PSU!
    OMG, I didn't that on my current build. I almost cried, especially considering I had spent $1800 on it now thought it was dead. Considering that was less than a year ago I felt like such a Nb! Now I can take apart and assemble a PC in less than an hour (ya, ya I'm not as fast as you speed demons up there ^).

    The first comp I ever built had a dead mobo from the start. Thing is, I didn't know that at the time, so I fiddled with it for a couple months. I got pretty frustrated during that time. Eventually I took it to a PC repair place, for $50 he told me my mobo was dead and for another $80 I went out and bought a new one and it worked. I remember that build:
    Antec SLK2600 AMB Case
    Intel Celeron 2.4GHz Processor
    (Dead) MSI 865PE Neo Mobo
    (Worked) ASUS P4P800-E Deluxe Mobo
    512MB (2 x 256MB) DDR 333 RAM
    ATI Radeon 9200SE PCI

    That was the first PC I ever used that could run UT2003!

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    My current machine (Blue) was the first one that I built from the ground up. Everything worked, albeit not that well at first (1 stick of RAM in a board that is Dual Channel is not the best for gaming), and other than some issues with my PSU (underpowering--400 watts ), it's ran like a champ, except that one time when I overdid my overclocking on the RAM (was trying to see how far I could push this beast). A simple reboot and bios reset fixed that problem. Currently@ 125% OC stable. Not much, but better than stock!
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