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Computer Build

Posted: 19 Oct 2021, 17:53
by Falker939
Well I haven’t built a computer from scratch in many years now since 2012- so I thought it was time for one more. I bought all my components on Prime day, June 2021 - and I’m finally getting around to setting it up and putting it all together today .

Current Build:

Main board:
ASUS Prime Z490-P LGA 1200 - This M-Board runs on 8 EATX 12V power adaptor, but there is an extra 4 EATX 12V power adaptor next to it. The instructions said I need to plug in the 8 prong EATX 12V power adaptor - or my mainboard may over heat , and to also plug in the 4 EATX 12V power adaptor if I have the extra power supply. So then… I decided to order an extra ATX to EPS Power Adapter so I can use all 12.

Intel Core i7-10700K 10th Gen Processor with 8 Cores up to 5.1 GHz Unlocked. Many have said it runs just as fast as the Ryzen 9 3900X 12-core and are very happy with it.

Crucial Ballistix 3200 MHz DDR4 DRAM Desktop Gaming Memory Kit 16GB
It so expensive these days , and since I’m upgrading to DDR4 for the first time - I thought I would try it out.

Gigabyte GV-N1030OC-2GI Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 - Although I’m going to let it run off the CPU at first to see how it heats up while gaming.

SAMSUNG 970 EVO SSD 500GB – I’m going to put this as my start up drive and I expect my computer will just blink into existence.

Computer Case:
Vetroo MESH6 Mid Tower Computer Case with 6 ARGB Fans Pre-Installed - A multi function - multi terminal interface controller circuit board on the back - Shaped Mesh Front and Tempered Glass Side Panel. My first desktop casing with real glass.. and it’s heavy.

Other thoughts: it’s a wiring mess on the flip side that will take me awhile to get it all sorted out.

Power Supply:
For now - I installed my old Thermaltake 600W power supply - and now I’m not sure is going to be enough to run the main board - the specifications don’t say. We’ll see what happens. I’ve trusted Thermaltake for years now - if they say it’s a 600W , then it’s really 600W

And I’m Mainly going through all this just so I can get Windows 10 to run faster. Playing PC games would be a bonus. Hopefully, I will get a kick out of this new setup.

Re: Computer Build

Posted: 19 Oct 2021, 19:47
by Hammer
your power supply should be fine, even with the 1030. you are really lacking on GPU memory with that though, you will not get good performance out of any 3d titles. hopefully it does not disappoint you.

Re: Computer Build

Posted: 20 Oct 2021, 03:41
by PanzerMeyer
Nice set up you have there Falker. As for me, I built my own PC's for many years but switched to Alienware gaming PC's starting in 2015. I just simply don't have the patience for it anymore. As it is already, having to re-download, re-install and reconfigure all my games on a new system is enough pain!

Re: Computer Build

Posted: 20 Oct 2021, 17:58
by Falker939
I got the 1030 on sale last year - so far so good for what I have going on. It keeps up with my current games well enough. But I know.. I could always upgrade to something better if it doesn’t hold up. I checked the prices on the 3080 OC GPU and Whoa.. Look at that lol.

Alienware Looks Really Nice! Wish I had one to see how well it performs. Although I’m old school and have adapted to building my own rig several times over. So far the only problems I have with this new rig - is the computer casing. So many wires on the back side with the internal circuit board that powers the fans and whatever else.. and no instructions. I'm sure I will get it all worked out soon . I installed the CPU today and finished plugging in all the all panel wires -easy peasy

Then I dropped for a AMRA 3 game on my old rig and got lost with all the map coordinates. :)

Re: Computer Build

Posted: 23 Oct 2021, 16:29
by Falker939
I finished getting it all wired in to the best of my knowledge. I’m not a certified computer Tech although I have been doing this awhile. The Mainboard stream lights come on , but the computer will not switch on. No fan movement from the CPU heat sink. No clicks- just nothing.. So I moved the memory from A to B slots, removed the memory all together , double checked the panel wire plug inn’s , removed the SSD and the then put it back in again and I got nothing. Now I’m going through other tech forums to see if anyone else had this problem. So far I found Cooler Master 750W Power Supply simply doesn't work with some Intel CPU Processor -or- the ASUS Prime Z490-P Intel LGA 1200 ATX Motherboard. Although I’m using an older Thermaltake 600w - it may have the same similarities to powering up an ASUS Prime Z490-P LGA 1200. So I’m starting to wonder if I need to try newer PSU. I have a newer Thermaltake 750w in my other computer and I will probably try that before I go out and buy another. Or not.. I’m shopping for one right now!

Other thoughts:
I never installed the GPU, but I don’t think that would be the cause because the Core i7-10700K CPU offers the fastest gaming performance of any Intel CPU as of 2020, and will not be the bottleneck in any modern gaming PC. It will be able to play all modern games comfortably on ultra graphics performance at any supported resolution without being a hindrance to the accompanying GPU.

Re: Computer Build

Posted: 23 Oct 2021, 16:47
by Falker939
I found this site for compatible Power Supply Units for the ASUS Prime Z490-P. - I'm not sure if holds any merit , but it did give me some insight. ... ith=fyRgXL

Re: Computer Build

Posted: 23 Oct 2021, 17:21
by Falker939
I found Corsair PSU’s are made in California , same as Intel

Although the Intel headquartered is located in Santa Clara, California. The company's name comes from “integrated electronics. Wafer fabrication or manufacturing of Intel's microprocessors and chip sets is conducted in the U.S. (Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon and Massachusetts). China, Ireland and Israel. Following manufacturing - the majority of our components are then assembled and tested at facilities in Malaysia, China, Costa Rica and Vietnam.


Re: Computer Build

Posted: 23 Oct 2021, 18:05
by Falker939
I need to quit reading reviews.. Apparently the Newer Power Supply Units - Weather it’s Corsair or Thermaltake are frying and burning computers and the hard drives and the ssd drives and the GPU’S. I suspect their Mainboard was not meant for it. So I'm going forward -Once more into the breach

Re: Computer Build

Posted: 23 Oct 2021, 18:22
by Falker939
Here is what the newer PSU's look like these days.

Re: Computer Build

Posted: 24 Oct 2021, 04:57
by Falker939
Found It!

It was the first thing I did when I woke up out of bed today. ‘The time of day when I always get my best ideas - To begin with I had to split the original EATX12V power supply in order to use the 4 Pin to 8 Pin EPS Power Adapter I bought, so that I could plug in all 12 EATX plug inns on the Mainboard. . This morning I put the I put the original EATX12V back the way it was to an 8 pin , and plugged it in. Bingo! It starts.. Those case fans look pretty I think they call them smart fans.

Re: Computer Build

Posted: 25 Oct 2021, 13:53
by Falker939
Getting ready to load up Windows , But First one last thing I have to look into. I need to find out where the VDG wire belongs- coming from the computer case circuit board , And what does it do?

Looking through the user’s guide - I could not find VDG- IN anywhere so I had to look it up via the internet and found circuit board is an RGB & Fan Controller. It uses three basic colors of Red, Green, and Blue, and mixes them to generate any specific color. The RGB controllers can also manage the color-changing modes, such as strobe, fading, and flash, as well as color-changing order and speed.

From the RGB - The VDG 4 pin connector with 1 pin missing connects to the D_LED plug in on the motherboard. On my Asus, it was located just above the main EATX12v PWR Connector.

Do not use one of the LED_C1 or LED_C2 connectors with 4 pins. Those are 12v and will kill your RGB controller

So that’s about it,
Happy Gaming


Re: Computer Build

Posted: 08 Nov 2021, 08:52
by Jedi Master
If the thing lights up with standard power, fine. But I don't care about lights and won't put any effort into making them work otherwise.

Re: Computer Build

Posted: 25 Nov 2021, 15:16
by Falker939
Yeah , I never did get into reprogramming the Aura lights yet. They work good but they are AURA all the time..... I download the software from the Asus web site and left off there. Seems every time I get on my computer I always check my email and messages , then play a game - if and when I have the time. - I actually prefer white case lights and I don’t think these - Red Green and Blue lights will work for me in the end.