This weekend, I embarked on a new mission for my fun little computer – something I’ve not ever installed before – a new power supply.
I know…….you’re thinking “Midnight……you’ve never installed a power supply before??” Yeah…..I’ve usually put together the rest of the system, but the power supply and motherboard were already in there, so there wasn’t much to do. I know….it’s not exactly microsurgery, but the thought of doing something new, geek-wise, appealed to me, and I was looking forward to the challenge. I thought eventually I was going to do more graphics, video editing, and some gaming, but realizing what I had was not going to be up to the full task (it still does okay), I thought I’d best beef up my video card, since all I had was the graphics processor that came as part of my CPU, which was: AMD A10-6800K Richland 4.1 GHz (4.4GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 100W Quad-Core Desktop Processor – Black Edition AMD Radeon HD 8670D (at least that’s the description on the website).
I had thought about getting an NVIDIA GTX 960 4GB card, which would handle just about anything I can throw at it, but was told that my little 450W power supply would be insufficient to the task, soooooo……..I shopped for a better one, and one I wouldn’t need to replace for some time. I opted for an EVGA Supernova G2 850W power supply. I liked this one for 2 reasons – one, it was a lot more powerful, and two, it was fully modular. What this means is that you don’t have a lot of extra cords laying about – you just connect what you need!
So I started by taking out my little wimpy 450W one that came with the case (it was a Logisys power supply), so once all of the connectors were undone, I unbolted the little miscreant from it’s place of honor and set it aside. Then, I unwrapped the new one (EVGA makes these look like Cadillacs!), and started the installation process. During the connections, I had to unbolt my cooler/fan for my CPU from the case momentarily until it was in and the CPU connectors put together.
Now that it was all in place, it was time to put the radiator/fan back on the case. This fit perfectly together like a Tetris puzzle. I am one happy geek by this time. I think started connecting everything else – the motherboard connector, the SATA connectors for the hard drives and optical drive, and then the peripheral cable to connect to the case fan up front (thankfully, you get a peripheral cable that has 3-4 molex connectors on it, which is NICE!). The cables are sleeved as well, which adds a touch of class to the whole thing. If you don’t have a lot of stuff to hook up, you will not use every single cable that comes with this, which is why it’s so nice that EVGA included a nice cloth bag to store your extra cables with! With everything bolted up, connected, clipped in, and all systems appearing to be good, I brought the computer to its place in my room and hooked it up to the AC – then flipped the switch!
Ahhhhhh! YES! Everything works, and it works beautifully! So far, I have picked up everything that is lit up to be blue, so it all matches (plus I’m a Playstation fan, and blue IS one of my favorite colors!). Now granted, I don’t play high-end games a whole lot, so I doubt the processor is going to get over-taxed anytime soon, so maybe liquid cooling was a bit overkill, BUT…….I won’t have to worry about it overheating anytime soon (the stock fan/heat sink that came with this computer was CRAP and had to be replaced anyway). So now I’m all set for when I eventually put a nice graphics card in here, and then I’ll be ready for everything that I plan on doing with this baby.
For those who are curious, here is the setup of this rig (I’m not mentioning the case, as I’m sure you’ll find one cooler):
GIGABYTE GA-F2A78M-HD2 (rev. 3.0) FM2+ AMD A78 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
EVGA 220-G2-0850-XR 80 PLUS GOLD 850 W ECO Mode Fully Modular NVIDIA SLI Ready and Crossfire Support Continuous Power Supply
AMD A10-6800K Richland 4.1 GHz (4.4GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 100W Quad-Core Desktop Processor – Black Edition AMD Radeon HD 8670D
ADATA Premier SP600 2.5″ 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ASP600S3-128GM-C
WD Blue 1TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive – 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch – WD10EZEX – OEM
2x HyperX FURY 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Memory Model HX316C10FB/8
ASUS DVD-Writer 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24F1ST – OEM
I know some readers will say “You should get (X) instead”, but this is what I got, and I’m happy with it. It does what I want and how I want to do it, so aside from another hard drive for space and the graphics card, I am quite pleased with how it all ended up in the end.
I think this is the geekiest posting I have done to date. I’ll have to mark this on my digital calendar. Cheers!