Someplace to stash my stuff
...despite all my best efforts to the contrary
Published on May 10, 2012 By starkers In Personal Computing

As the title suggests, Shaunna's desktop PC went guts up and is in dire need of some replacement parts to get it up and running again.  I've ordered the necessary parts and hopefully they'll be here later today so's I can rebuild it for her.

Yeah, it has been acting up intermittently for quite a while now, so I wasn't at all surprised that it decided to kark it yesterday.... tho I reckon it was a stubborn bastard for not dying sooner and saving me endless hours of pulling my hair out trying to fix it.  Every so often it would refuse to boot and I'd have to put in the installation disc to perform a start up repair, which sometimes resolved the problem.  More often than not, though, I'd have to do a complete OS install after ensuring the HDD's were still showing in the BIOS.... damned things would disappear and I'd have to jump through hoops to get them to register again.

Anyhow, to cut a long story short, the last time the HDD's went off line I couldn't bring them back so figured I'd stop wasting my time trying to fix the temperamental bastard.  Now I tested the drives in an external case and they check out okay, the PSU is fine and the graphics and sound cards are okay also. I'm guessing the current CPU is probably okay as well, but it appears the mobo is pretty much shot, and thus the RAM and CPU will need to be replaced for compatibility reasons... DDR3 and such.

These are the items I ordered:

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-D3 Motherboard, AM3+, 990+SB950, DDR3, PCIe 2.0, RAID, SATA3, USB3, ATX"

CPU: AMD FX-4100 4-CORE BLACK EDITION CPU, 3.60 GHz, ,Total L2 Cache 4MB, L3 Cache 8MB, Socket AM3+, 95W

RAM: Kingston KVR1333D3N9/4G - 4GB DDR3 1333Mhz, CAS9  x4 = 16Gb

On a budget [under $300AUD] that's not bad at all, power and speed-wise, and to give it some extra grunt I'm going to pull the secondary SSD from my rig and install it in hers to house the OS [Win x64 Home Premium].  Yeah, with her Nvidia 9800GTX 1Gb GPU, Soundblaster X-Fi Titanium Xtreme Audio soundcard and 2Tb of storage, it'll be a more than capable machine that should suit her needs.

Here's hoping that Shaunna will be happy with it.


Comments (Page 1)
on May 10, 2012

Sounds like a winner, Cap'n.

How old is the PSU? If it's seen better days and you can replace it and stay within budget, it may save a headache later.

on May 10, 2012

I heard about that happening once. The hubby fixed the 'puter and it ran so much better than his that he passed his one to the missus and kept the newly repaired pc for himself. You be nice now, she gets the new toys.  PS. Get her a new web cam, OK? We want to see more movies. With music this time.

on May 10, 2012

Whenever the other halves computer dies I buy myself a new one and pass my old one along.

Been doing that for 5 computers now!

on May 10, 2012

If I did that I'd get brained for sure. The missus, BTW...I don't have one, but a ex-GF I used to be with would say hell no! You keep your machine and give me the newbie. All the time smiling with an iron skillet in hand.

on May 10, 2012

That explained everything, Uvah.

Here's hoping that Shaunna will be happy with it.

I'm certain she will be, starkers, though she just might pull yer leg a bit about 'getting the old one'. She's got a bit of the devil in her. lol.

on May 11, 2012

DrJBHL
I'm certain she will be, starkers, though she just might pull yer leg a bit about 'getting the old one'. She's got a bit of the devil in her. lol.

yeah i have    ahehehehe , shaunna sits and waits  for the parts to come they haven't arrived yet I am like a little kid waiting for Christmas come

on May 11, 2012

Patience is a virtue they say. Heck with that.......GIMMEE! 

Morning folks. lol

on May 11, 2012

Patience is a virtue they say. Heck with that.......GIMMEE!

I run out of patience lol got to wait till monday [e digicons]:'([/e] ........... GIMMEEEE NOW,  or I will have to send starkers around there  and I don't think he would like that, with his lethal bum trumpet 

on May 11, 2012

mrs_starkers


I run out of patience lol got to wait till monday [e digicons]:'([/e] ........... GIMMEEEE NOW,  or I will have to send starkers around there  and I don't think he would like that, with his lethal bum trumpet 

I'd give anything for an emoticon for that...

Ninja Warrior!

 

(from someone whose husband is also aptly armed - even if  he says he isn't)

on May 11, 2012

LizMarr




(from someone whose husband is also aptly armed - even if he says he isn't)

yes me too lol

on May 12, 2012

Last time I tried to post here I kept getting errors, so here goes...

Wizard1956
How old is the PSU? If it's seen better days and you can replace it and stay within budget, it may save a headache later.

The PSU is in good working order, but I may just put in another, newer unit with a bit more power 650w... currently it's a 400w.

LizMarr
I heard about that happening once. The hubby fixed the 'puter and it ran so much better than his that he passed his one to the missus and kept the newly repaired pc for himself. You be nice now, she gets the new toys.

Nah, that won't happen here.  I have a more than half decent rig of my own and I have no need or desire to confiscate Shaunna's.  Once built it will be hers to use, and if ever mine goes down I'll repair it, not take hers.

on May 12, 2012

Well Shaunna's Puter Finally Shat Itself

Your eloquence is to be admired

on May 12, 2012

DrJBHL
I'm certain she will be, starkers, though she just might pull yer leg a bit about 'getting the old one'.

She can pull my leg all she wants, it don't play 'Jingle Bells' or 'Happy Birthday'

DrJBHL
She's got a bit of the devil in her. lol.

Yeah, sometimes... cos I can be a bit of a devil when I wanna be.

Patience is a virtue they say. Heck with that.......GIMMEE!

Sadly, the courier didn't make it on Friday... they knock off at 5.00pm and we're a bit of a way out from the store.

Never mind, the parts 'll be here on Monday and I'll get to work on it straight away.  I've got much of the preparatory work done [stripped the case of everything unnecessary] so it shouldn't take too long before it's up and running.

 

on May 12, 2012

vStyler

Well Shaunna's Puter Finally Shat Itself

Your eloquence is to be admired

I'm glad you noticed that endless hours with my head in the Oxford Dictionary paid off.

on May 12, 2012

starkers


I'm glad you noticed that endless hours with my head in the Oxford Dictionary paid off.

I'm almost positive it is required bathroom reading material at your place mate