If your building a high performance PC for gaming or for work it’s not a very difficult task. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be hassle free all the time. The relieving thing about this is there’s the Internet where someone is talking about almost any such thing.
I’m documenting my PC build here on medium since it was exciting but I also faced a few hurdles along the build and setup process since I’m using the AMD Ryzen 5000 series processor early in its life cycle.
Before getting into the details I would like to share my config first.
Processor: AMD Ryzen 5600 X (5000 Series)
Monitor : LG Ultragear 32-inch QHD (2K) Gaming Monitor 144Hz
Mother Board : ASUS ROG B550F
Graphic Card : RTX 3070 Founders’ Edition
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 3600 MHz 16GB
Storage: 500 GB Crucial SSD
Power Supply Unit (PSU): 750W Cooler Master MWE Gold 80+
Cabinet: Lian Li Lan Cool 215 (Couldn’t find supplies for a Corsair 4000D)
Sound: Creative Pebble 2.0
UPS: APC 1100 VA
Note: The standard cooler that comes with the 5600X has thermal paste applied. Some of the reviewers I checked for unboxing had shared this small detail for previous gen processors, yet didn’t talk about it for this one.
Putting things together
For building a PC you can find ample videos on YouTube where you can get clarity about things like how to choose components all the way up-to installing them along with any nuances in there as well. While this helped me a lot and I also had my friend who had built a PC earlier, yet there are a few smaller details that I wish I had known beforehand.
From videos on the Internet, you may find that it only takes a couple of hours or so to connect the processor, memory, cooling unit and the PSU with the motherboard.
I started assembling the components which began at 10 P.M. in the night. By the time I was ready to connect to power and test if the lights go on it was around 2:30 A.M. in the morning. It took me more than 4 hours because I had to go through the motherboard manual and attach the various pins to the chip set. This covers some components such as the fans, USB ports, audio, and power headers along with any other lighting accessories you decide to install.
You would have to be thorough and it takes some time if this is your first build like my case. So make sure you buffer for another couple of hours or so to your estimate.
Loose Contact issues
Now when you’re done installing and connecting the respective cables and pin headers you’re next step is connecting the PSU to a power socket and checking if the assembly turns on and whether you can see your BIOS menu.
The problem I faced here was the contact between the GPU and it’s slot on the board being slightly off. Now, this happened because after installing the GPU as I had not screwed in the adapter side to the cabinet.
I had not screwed it in for convenience, in case I had to remove it and test. But that turned out to be the problem when I placed the cabinet vertically and all of a sudden I can only see lights on the board but no display on the monitor.
So when you’re done assembling the unit make sure that the pin headers, screws for the mounts are connected and secured properly. You need not close the cabinet when testing the build, but I feel, this is all that you can be flexible about. It seems to be a better choice when everything else other than the cabinet side panel is in place and tight.
This was the last hurdle that I had to encounter and that is because I am using the new Ryzen 5000 series processor with its compatible board early in the life-cycle. When I tried to install Windows 10 from a USB drive I encountered 2 challenges:
1. Windows ISO from a Mac
If you only have a computer running on MacOS, then, trust me you’re better off making a boot copy from a Windows system than wrangling with the terminal or some application workarounds on the Mac.
You can most certainly find a friend or a neighbor who has a computer that runs Windows or even Linux. If this is still not possible then you can buy a windows license that comes along with a thumb drive or disk which is ready for installation right off the bat.
2. Stuck on windows installation
Now, this could happen because of a variety of reasons and you’ll certainly find some article or blog about it where folks have discussed it with some solution. So there is hope, but, you’ll be in a better mindset if you’re open to anticipating such issues when you start.
In my case, the issue was because the motherboard BIOS firmware did not have the patch that was released on 29th October, 2020. This patch included the necessary support for the new Ryzen 5000 series which was unveiled in October, 2020.
However this is not exactly the manufacturer’s fault since the motherboard has been in the market even before the Ryzen 5000 series was released. The motherboard unit had come off the production line earlier and I had to download the latest firmware, flash the BIOS and update it with the latest one.
Thankfully ASUS had already published about this issue and it had detailed instructions to take me through the process. After this step, I was finally able to get Windows installed and the startup sound was music to my ears. Well, it is music isn’t it 😜 ?
- Had an issue with the GPU contact with the motherboard being off since I had not screwed it for convenience of having to remove it if needed. Make sure all your components are in place, secure and tight, this is likely reduce the possibility of any such hurdles
- Motherboard firmware didn’t have the latest patch for the new Ryzen 5000 series processor. Had to update it before I could install an OS. ASUS guide on how to update firmware.
Hoping anybody else who is setting up this kind of a build early in the release of a new motherboard or CPU can find this informative and helpful.