Lessons learned whilst building my first pc after 10 years. – rage3d discussion area

Micro Center (to be referred to as "my store" from here on out) had an LG Blu-Ray drive for $59. It was the only one they had other than a damaged-looking ASUS drive for twice the price. I know Newegg would have more selection, but I was surprised at how little selection there was at my store. If I wanted a DVD drive or an external Blu-Ray drive, I had dozens to choose from. Unfortunately, the LG was OEM and came with no cables or mounting hardware. Literally in a bag with a sticker on it.

I didn’t know this until I tried to do it. I wanted to mirror them for redundancy but I couldn’t figure out how to configure the BIOS to explicitly pair SATA 1 and SATA 2 as RAID 0/1/etc.

The manual was basic AF. The internet, however, was full of people making fun of people who were trying to RAID two SSDs. The gist I got was it’s a bad idea because SSDs don’t fail, and if it does fail it’s because it’s reached its duty cycle limit. RAID will cause both drives to reach their duty cycle limit at roughly the same time. So now I have an extra 500 GB SSD that I can put anything I want on. Maybe it will be useful if I get back into multiplayer FPS games and I can start running around on a map before everyone else.

This, for some reason, is not standard. This is the first motherboard I’ve had where my case’s power LED jumper wouldn’t go on. It requires a two-pin connector, and my case had a 3 pin connector (with two wires). Luckily, the pins on the header were on the left edge and I was able to pull cables out (good learning experience with the tab lifting) and configure them so that the two pins are paid attention to by the proper wires of the connector, while a gaping hole of the connector resides outside of the header, all alone…

I tried to move my HD 7970/Core i7 920 from my current case into my old case (after ditching my 9700 Pro/Athlon 2100+ out of that). A 650 watt power supply resided in there, but it only had one of the six pin connectors while my CPU uses one of those, and the GPU uses a 2nd. I looked into adapters but most of the advice was to get a new power supply, so I ditched the 650W, moved my current 720W power supply over, resolving to buy a new one for the new rig instead of reusing this one. Looking into my new rig’s power requirements, FOUR 8 PIN CONNECTORS are required; two for the CPU and two for the Vega 64. Seems my 720W power supply would not have worked anyway (though it is modular, it does not have the right cables. Finding the right cables and where on the power supply to plug them was be a risk I wasn’t willing to take).

I had no idea how this became a thing, but it is definitely a thing. My CPU cooler (Wraith Prism for those looking for this info) came with two cables and no instructions. Found out later, one is to power the cooler’s LED, the other is to allow the PC to control it. On principle, I don’t want to use it… In practice, I ask myself, "Why not?". My motherboard has three additional headers just for RGB lighting strips (WTF?). These are 15V and will accept the connector for the 5V LEDs on the cooler. Not sure what would have happened if I plugged it in to the wrong header.

Oh and I just now notice the Gorilla Tape on the right. I bought a Vantech USB 3.0 front panel thing to install in a 5.25 bay, and its holes are vertically off center by about 1/4 inch, causing the thing to be too high in the slot to fit (and leaving a 1/4 inch gap below it). Instead of returning it, I taped it in place. My rig is not pretty, but it works.

Micro Center (to be referred to as "my store" from here on out) had an LG Blu-Ray drive for $59. It was the only one they had other than a damaged-looking ASUS drive for twice the price. I know Newegg would have more selection, but I was surprised at how little selection there was at my store. If I wanted a DVD drive or an external Blu-Ray drive, I had dozens to choose from. Unfortunately, the LG was OEM and came with no cables or mounting hardware. Literally in a bag with a sticker on it.

And to get into unnecessary detail, I couldn’t find any software in Canada, only Newegg.com had it. I couldn’t buy from Newegg.com with a Canadian billing address (even though it was a digital download). So that got me into Bitcoin, which I used to buy the software. The software was called ArcSoft, and it was okay. But the reason it was only $20 was because they discontinued it (again, failed to do research), and upgrading to Windows 10 broke it. So then I had to buy another commercial software, which was like $40 (Cyberlink PowerDVD). Which is okay, but kind of clunky.

And now I use Linux, which doesn’t have any commercial players. VLC can play some commercial Blu-Rays if you download the aacs keys. But I’ve found a lot of movies didn’t even work. I remember a while back Game of Thrones season 6 worked, but didn’t provide the menus or any of the in-episode guides – it merely played the longest video file on the disc (which might not be the first episode on the disc). And while season 6 worked, season 2 did not.