Hello again everyone!
I recently built myself a computer in the beginning of October and now its time to showcase a build for my parents!
A Little Background
Way back in the early 2000's my parents went to Micro center and bought an HP Desktop + Monitor. This old computer has been firmly planted under my parent's work desk for the past decade and it still runs! Well, sort of.
For the past year my parents have been grumbling about how their computer is slow and crashes all the time so I mentioned the idea that I can build them a solid PC to replace that old HP. After enough frustration with their old computer and seeing my passion for building PCs, they put me to the task of building them a machine that will hopefully last as long, maybe even longer!
Naturally, my mind went straight to work and I started piecing together a parts list. They primarily use their current computer for filing, emails, and surfing the web. This machine obviously looks overkill for that, and trust me it is, but the main goal was to have a PC that is silent, extremely fast, quick with boot-up/program opening, and long lasting. I also come home every weekend from college so I enjoy light gaming and I'll be using it for any projects/homework assigned for the weekends.
ALSO: The dog in the last picture is our family puppy! Her name is Raven and she's a little over one year old.
Well, thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you enjoyed! This really is an amazing community and I'm always very eager to share all my PC endeavors!!!
So, after receiving all the parts this week, I built the PC and gave it the good ol' test boot. The good news was that it seemed like everything was receiving power since the motherboard, case, and graphics card all lit up. However, there was nothing being displayed on the monitor and my motherboard was showing a memory issue.
I tried fixing the issue with every trick in the book, but it was being very inconsistent. I tried posting with one stick, tried with different slots, tried enabling XMP with one stick and then inserting both. In the end, the memory problem was totally mysterious but I read a post saying that if your CPU cooler is too tight, it can cause problems with CPU/Memory. I thought it was a strange solution but I tried it anyways by loosening the screws on my Hyper 212.
It actually worked after I loosened the cooler! I got over 10 successful boots in a row with both RAM sticks installed. I honestly couldn't believe that was the issue. My mind was getting caught up with larger thoughts like exchanging the RAM or even having motherboard pin issues and I had never even thought of that being an actual issue. Either way, the system is working great and is fast. I will keep you guys updated on any future happenings!
The computer ran great for a while, but then it froze. Yet again, the motherboard is indicating a memory issue so I've decided to just return the RAM. Hopefully this fixes the issue!
I tried the new sticks of RAM and got the same memory problem, so I decided to dig through the internet for alternate fixes. I tried practically everything ever recorded on the internet to solve this issue, but with no luck. Finally, according to an ASUS representative, I could try manually increasing the voltages in the BIOS instead of leaving it on auto. Once I tried this, the system wouldn't boot on the single stick. However, when I installed both at the same time, it worked! I ran multiple stress tests since then in Memtest86+ and Prime95, and it passed everything with flying colors. I'm very confident that the problem is now fixed.
I hope it satisfies them for years to come!