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The Microwave - First Build

by Rylie



Date Published

March 20, 2017

Date Built

Feb. 19, 2017

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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.

Comments Sorted by:

SubNauticaWaterWorld47 1 Build 7 points 8 months ago

The microwave would be a much more appropriate name for a computer with a fx-9590 and 2 295X2s in crossfire.

Adrew24 1 Build 12 points 8 months ago

That's an oven, not a microwave

ziggurat666 7 Builds 5 points 8 months ago

*Titanic Grade Boiler

nicholasgreatone 5 points 8 months ago

can it cook at 60 watts a second?

kek would be proud

Rylie submitter 1 Build 6 points 8 months ago

60 watts is for plebs. My power supply cooks at 450 watts.

nicholasgreatone 5 points 8 months ago

oh well.... my psu can cook at 650 watts

Rylie submitter 1 Build 3 points 8 months ago

Guess I'm just a pleb.

nicholasgreatone 4 points 8 months ago

yea who knew? it gets to the best of us tho...

defew 5 points 8 months ago

I can cook minute rice in 58 seconds.

uberlizard 1 Build 4 points 8 months ago

Justin Trudeau says you're welcome.

this is from an american.

Greaseuqa 2 points 4 months ago

Jesus, my heart stopped when you bent the pin. Updooted

Project460 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago


Romo_Malo_809 1 point 8 months ago

I would have opted for a 1050ti just for the extra fps but besides that it is a solid first build.

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

When you remove the sticker from Intel's stock cooler but cables are visible now


khaled657 1 point 8 months ago

good job for trying to get a perfect shoots. but they still look good

Jevex 1 point 7 months ago

By "running CS:GO at 200 FPS at max" do you mean max graphics?

Rylie submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago


Jevex 1 point 7 months ago

One more thing, does it need a cooling system? It seems like it would. If it does what size would I need for a mini case?

Rylie submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Cooling system? What do you mean? Case fans?

22BusDrivers 1 point 4 months ago

so is the board ready for the pentium or do i have to update the bios?

Rylie submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Board is 100% ready for the Pentium.

Seabassom 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Get an ssd...

Besides that don't write your English essay on pc part picker

Haha all jokes aside great build

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Rylie submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I didn't have to, it came updated out of the box.

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Rylie submitter 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

-200+ FPS all around. -1050 Ti was an extra 60 bucks that I didn't want to spend because I don't need it. -I got a mini-ITX because I'm not privileged enough to have parents that love each other, unlike you. I would like to game at both of my houses, so I bought a portable PC.

Please don't be a ****.

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