14, because the disk was burned in January since that's when the PC was originally built, and I see no reason to upgrade right now.
Thanks! And yeah, the failing parts back to back was very stressful, to say the least, but I'm glad everything's working now.
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+1 for that price tag. You've got yourself one heck of a computer!
I don't think so. Back then, when I pressed the button, the computer went into the BIOS, but couldn't load an OS, and when I attempted to install one, the computer got green static and crashed. From that point on, the CPU fan only twitched on and off and so on. I think the issue with the power button and/or wire happened when I was not using the computer, because I had the case sitting around my desk for over a month, and it's definitely possible I knocked the case into something where it punctured the wire or something like that. Not sure exactly, but I'm pretty sure the motherboard died when the original PSU went out.
Thank you! I chose Ubuntu mostly because I already had the disk laying around, but I was debating between that and Zorin. I'd demoed LinuxMint before, and just didn't like it personally. Ubuntu looks and feels great for me, so I'm keeping it for a while.
Thank you, and I wish the best of luck to you on your build!
Thank you! I've heard nothing but good things about the 750TI, so hopefully everything goes smoothly with that whenever it may be.
I don't really need to get it fixed because it's just a different button I have to press, and I never used the reset button in the first place. Thanks for the compliment on the build, mate! Yours looks great, too! And yeah, I'm currently looking towards a 120GB SSD and a 750TI when I get the money.
OK, so I can get to the BIOS and attempt to reinstall Ubuntu, or install a different OS like Zorin, but every time during OS installation, it freezes at some point, and never resumes. This is true using my PSU, my brother's PSU, my RAM, and his RAM, and every time, it only gets to BIOS if I have just one stick of RAM in. This is a motherboard problem, correct? What else could have caused SO many errors and is seemingly unfixable, and does the same thing with different PSU's and RAM. Also, I'm 99% sure the CPU or Hard Drive are causing any issues. So, should I try to return the motherboard? I got it from Newegg - will they send me a replacement or refund it?
Ok, so I reset the CMOS, as someone on Tom's Hardware Forums suggested, but that made no difference. I feel as if this may be a RAM problem, although I'm no expert. When I just have 1 stick of RAM in, the fan twitches then spins at full speed and gradually slows down, but with both in, it never starts. Both times, it displays nothing on the monitor. Tomorrow, I suppose I can test with my brother's RAM as well.
I got it from Newegg. Would I be better off getting another CX430M and hope it's not bad, or just go for an EVGA? Again, this is all hypothetical, because I'm not sure if the PSU is even the problem.
I'll try that tomorrow. My brother is asleep right now, so I can't exactly just dismantle his computer without permission.
If my new PSU is the problem, and I have to RMA it, what new PSU, under $50, preferably under $40, would you suggest for my system?
Yeah, I've heard from someone else that Biostar isn't a very reliable brand. Trying to get some other opinions. I'm leaning towards the ASRock atm.
The Pentium has Intel Integrated graphics. The reason I'm not getting a dedicated GPU right now is because I'd rather save up more money and get a somewhat decent video card than spend, say, $70 right now, and get a card that is fine at first, but will not support me if I ever want to do something a little more graphics intensive. I'll just save up some more money and get one later, when I need it.
I know Minecraft to run fine, even on computer with low end parts like these. I don't really need a solid 60 FPS, because Minecraft isn't the main point of this computer.
I actually happen to have a 4gb stick already, so that's why I only had 1 on my build. Also, why would I need a PSU when the case has a built in Power Supply?