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twables

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whoa, thats a pretty penny, glad its not something I will actually need.
unfortunately the motherboard is now out of stock with no way to tell when they will get more. Hopefully it will be in by the end of the week.
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Real pain.
I would put it on back order or buy this one now for $10 more. Compare this Asrock board, Tom's Hardware gives a good review.

> http://www.newegg.ca...0^13-131-730-TS
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Alright well they have the motherboard back in stock already, I am pretty much ready to order. Is there anything else i need to put this computer together that doesn't come included, like cable, wires or plugs?
or does everything i need come included with all my selected parts?
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Is there anything else i need to put this computer together that doesn't come included, like cable, wires or plugs?
or does everything i need come included with all my selected parts?


Everything you need will be there. Do not forget to order the OS, Windows7 64bit, OEM.

Useful to have is a #2 magnetic tipped Phillips head screwdriver.

Your Mobo comes with diagnostic LEDS that can give any error codes at POST but cannot be seen with the case closed. I always install an internal mini system speaker that connects to the Mobo and gives beeps at post. This no longer comes standard with cases so recycle from an old PC or buy one like this, > http://www.cwc-group.com/8ohm.html

Take anti static measures when working on the PC and handling components.
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Hello again :)
My parts arrived a few days ago, I spent careful time putting it all together and it booted up just fine first try.
....But now there seems to be another concern and I wasn't sure if I should start a new thread or stay with this one.
Now when I initially boot my computer, it will turn off after about 5 seconds, then reboot itself one or two times before windows launches and sometimes it goes to a screen where it warns me of overclocking failed and to press f1 to go to the BIOS. After that it will work just fine as far as I can tell. Any ideas how to fix this?
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The computer is awesome, It's very quiet aside from the CD drive, it runs very cool and its only on Low fan speed :unsure: . Also I never added the mini speaker to the MoBo as you suggested, that will need to wait until I can get my hands on one.
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Hi twables

Great to hear you are pleased with the actual build, :)

Sorry there is a little hick up.

There was only Phillpower2 who responded in the post so there may be only a few people following us. We will try one solution and if it does not work you should start a new thread.

Start the PC and enter BIOS.
Look for and select, Load optimised settings.
Save and exit.

Does the PC start without issues?
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Hi twables and iammyky :unsure:
I am not ducking out here but I think that guidance is best coming from one source at the moment and iammykyl just loves a new build :) that said please see my canned text below regarding problems with new builds and hopefully it may help.
Best couple of suggestions I can make would be first remove the MB and do a barebones set-up on a piece of cardboard (make sure it is larger than the MB) only connect the PSU, the GFX card, 1 stick of Ram and the keyboard.
You will then need to short out the 2 power on pins on the MB header to get the PSU to activate, you can use a small flat bladed screwdriver or a paper clip bent into a U shape, this is perfectly safe if you do not touch anything else, the idea is to see if we can get a BIOS screen if you do you can then add one component at a time until you find the problem component, you must power down and remove the power cord from the wall before adding a component, second suggestion try a known working PSU, it is not unknown for new components to be bad.
Other things worth checking include, if you used stand offs beneath the MB are they in the correct locations (only where there is a screw hole in the MB) otherwise the MB will short out, check for stray screws or bared wires for the same reason, make sure the jumper cap that can be used for clearing the CMOS is not missing or on the wrong pins.
For me the symptoms sound familiar with either a power/short or thermal (overheating)issue.
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