Well ladies and gents, it's done. After blood (not really), sweat (not really either), and tears (almost...), I've finished my first build. You're about to hear the story of how I created The Microwave (friend nicknamed it this), whether you like it or not, unless you close the tab.
I've been considering a computer since summer 2016. I had discovered this website, (shoutout to PCPartPicker, I could not have done it without you) and started building the PC of my dreams. After about at least 20 rough drafts and product releases, I made my final part list. Since my birthday was in January, I used all my money to buy these parts.
After waiting weeks for all of them to get here, I finally started my building. My case took 2 weeks to get here, since I bought it off of eBay from Italy. The original cost of it was $130, which is a little expensive, but not bad. When it got here, Canada customs told me I needed to pay an extra $30 just to bring it into the country. Thanks, Justin Trudeau. My little box of metal now cost me $160 alone.
My motherboard arrived, and on the box said "Supports 7th gen Intel processors". I thought to myself that's a little weird, since it's a 100 series board. I did some research and discovered it needed a BIOS update, so I hit up a computer store in my city that would do it for me.
I did some more research and found out that a non-supported CPU in a motherboard does no harm, so I said "why the heck not? I mean the box does say it supports 7th gen CPUs" and tried to fire up a test bench. Little did I know that for the parts to actually turn on, I needed to plug in the power cable from my case and hit the button on the case. All I did was flick on the power supply, didn't see anything turn on, and said "Guess it's not supported".
Now when I was removing the CPU, being the idiot that I am, I didn't do this very carefully. I brushed my finger against my motherboard socket, and bent a pin. I thought nothing of it, and just hoped it still worked.
The day is now the day that I take in my motherboard to get updated. Guy at the store sees it, and goes "pin is bent, motherboard is dead". Me, being the DIY pro that I am, said "screw you" (not literally, but in my head), and took the motherboard home to fix it myself.
I fiddled with some toothpicks and some tweezers. After a few hours of twiddling, the pin was pushed back to the point you couldn't tell I bent it in the first place.
I set up my test bench 2.0, and actually plugged the case power cable into the motherboard. Voila, the bent pin is fixed, the BIOS is already updated out of the box, and I am flipping out.
The next day I built my whole PC in about 4 hours, 1 of which was spent deciding if I wanted the hard drive at the top or the bottom of the case. I finally decided on the bottom, so I could mount an extra fan at the top above my GPU.
Another hour was trying to make the WiFi antennas stay where they wouldn't fall off when I put the doo-hickey back in the thingy. I tried to manage the WiFi cables, but they are a pain in the butt, especially when you have to be super careful with them, so the metal part doesn't come off the drive. I guess I wasn't careful (again), and my first boot up resulted in a WiFi cable getting caught in my heatsink, and of course breaking. I am now living on one WiFi antenna.
To this day the PC works like a beast, running CS:GO at 200 FPS at max, and GTA V at 60 FPS on high. The motherboard is fine, the WiFi antenna is running strong, and I am super happy with it.
Thanks for reading all the way to here. I hope you enjoyed my story and maybe cried a little with me.
TL;DR I spent $160 on a metal box, I broke my motherboard, I fixed my motherboard, my BIOS came updated out of the box, I broke a WiFi cable, I run games on high at 60+ FPS.