I posted last week about my dead gaming PC, and that I had gone back to the motherboard seller. Well I ended up returning it via Amazon and requesting a refund. They said they need to test it, which will take 7-10 days, but I was pretty confident that it was the motherboard at fault. In fact, I was so confident that I actually just ordered a replacement anyway, which arrived just under a week ago.
I decided to stick with the same brand, because by and large, the reviews seem pretty decent. Plus there’s more chance the cables will be in roughly the same place, and that makes it way quicker and less fussy to install the new one. I did, however, decide on a different model, just in case lightning chose to strike twice!
First thing to do was unwrap the new motherboard and clean all the thermal paste off the CPU and cooler ready for assembly. I then installed the I/O Shield into the case and peeled off the protective plastic to reveal it’s shininess.
I’m not going to do a full step by step guide on how I installed the new motherboard as it’s basically the same as last time. The only difference was that this time I had to apply my own thermal paste to the CPU, which was literally just a case of adding a small pea sized blob in the centre, once it was on the motherboard, before fitting the cooler on top.
Once installed and connected up, you could clearly see one of the reasons I chose this motherboard… aesthetics. Now obviously the way it looks has no impact on it’s functionality, however, with a clear sided pc case, these things do become something to consider. I generally love monochromatic colour schemes, and the old motherboard had red detailing as well as red ambient lighting. This looked decent, but going for a pure black and white theme is far more in line with what I like. Only annoyance is the red on my Asus Cerberus Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti Graphics Card, but GPU’s are still insane prices, so I’ll just have to live with that.
Up until this point, I was going off my own, less than knowledgeable, hunch that the motherboard was the cause of my gaming pc’s inactivity. With that in mind, there was a certain degree of nervousness as I finished connecting everything up and pressing the power button on the top of the case.
Woohoo! It worked first time, and booted straight up into Windows 10 without any issues! I was right! Yay!!!
Of course, all the lights inside were red, like my previous board, however, this one has full RGB all over it, so with a few minutes of tinkering, I was able to switch them to white, which looks way better if you ask me.
So, after many many windows updates, I’m now back in business, and hoping to try out a few of the classic pc games I’ve never played before. I’ll be sure to post my thoughts and impressions on them, but for now, I’m just happy to have things that work as intended!