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Building a PC

Built a new PC over the weekend. It’s nothing special in particular, maybe even a bit of Frankenstein if you consider where the parts all came from. I’ve been doing this for many years but the big difference this time is that I actually bought a new case and motherboard instead of using only donor materials. The case was a Rosewill Wind Ryder RZLS142A-P YE Dual 120mm Cooling Fans and Mesh Design Front Panel Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

case

case

This case is a low cost unit that comes with 2 120mm internal fans and plenty of room for both internal and external drives. The motherboard is a JetWay JHA07-ULTRA-LF AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard.

Motherboard

Motherboard

For the CPU I used a pulled AMD Athlon AM2+ that came out of a older defective unit. Everything went together very easily and all components fit as they should. This motherboard has a small LED readout in the upper right corner that will show any error codes or your core temperature, if there are no errors. This was especially helpful during the build as one set of DDR2 memory chips didn’t play well and caused a system halt during POST. The LED gave us the precise code to say that the RAM was at fault. A quick change to another mfg. and the POST went smooth.

The integrated Radeon HD3300 video chipset has DirectX capabilities and can support two PCI Express 2.0 x16 cards with ATI Hybrid Crossfire and ATI CrossfireX capabilities with DVI or HDMI output and full HD Blu-Ray playback. Eight channels of HD audio make for some interesting possibilities for this budget system.