I built this rig from scratch for my friend because her original system was 10+ years old...
- dual core intel cpu
- gt 520 1 gb
- 4 gb ddr2
- mobo unkown
if you had seen what she was running and the amount of dust inside the 10+ year old rig, you probably would never want to turn it on.
My friend does some light gaming and does a ton of drawing and some light graphic designing.
I ran into a ton of problems from: bios, CPU, GPU, ram, and overclocking issues
The PC wouldn't boot at first as I thought the B450 mobo will automatically support the 3000 series Ryzen CPU's, but no, I have no idea where i got that from so I spent 3 hours doing tests, re-sitting the ram and the CPU and applying CPU paste multiple times until I googled the issue and only needed to flash an updated bios on the mobo the entire time :/ Good thing this mobo has a flashback button because it saved my hide!
Now lets get this PC setup!
I installed windows 10 from USB and quickly installing all the programs my friend uses :)
the second problem :( until I installed the wrong AMD overclocking utility and it kept failing to boot...kept restarting after getting to the login window so had to wipe the boot SSD and restart over, again.
the third problem the gtx 760 requires 6/8 pin multiple connectors for power. My friend's uncle was the one to switch out the original gt 520 and inserted the 760 in the same slot, however now the PC wouldn't boot anymore and he unplugged everything on the mobo and it wouldn't turn on anymore :/
I had to come over and rebuild the entire PC again because I tried troubleshooting it myself and nothing would work, yet more than likely the power cable wasn't properly inserted into the PSU and the gpu at all, but was able to do better cable management, so win-win I guess.
the fourth problem can not run the stupid ram at recommended specs or overclock them, so yea had to keep re-flashing the bios to get it back up running, so I got better ram for a good price!
The ram was 2 X 8 GB 2.7GHZ generic sticks ->replaced with the new ram from corsair :)
Obviously the mobo I chosen doesnt support 3600mhz speed, which is fine, the mobo can be upgraded later as my friend likes dragons(MSI), byte me :p probably going to upgrade to 570 mobo later on
The PSU is a monster compared to the specs because I wanted the option to future proof now for multiple graphic cards and better CPU's down the road. it is refurbished, so hopefully it wont fry the rig anytime soon