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Rebuilding my HTPC, The Rebirth of Red Dragon, I mean Red Phoenix

posted Jan 10, 2010, 8:26 PM by TechNick TechNick   [ updated Apr 8, 2010, 4:00 AM ]
My HTPC has been for setting in my room for almost 2 years just collecting dust. I finally decided it was time to rebuild my HTPC Red Dragon. I went on NewEgg to look for deals in the combo section. Eventually i found a CPU and motherboard combo consisting of  a AMD Phenom X3 8750 Black Edition Toliman 2.4GHz CPU and a ASUS M4A785-M Motherboard, buying them together saved me around $40 to $50. I bought the combo deal and just had to wait for my order to come in. In a couple of days my order arrived from UPS and on that same night I got to start building. I installed the motherboard and CPU in my media center case. I used a piece of spare RAM I had just 1 GB worth just so I could do the OS installation, I was planning to add more ram in the future. For the hard drive and optical drive I used the old ones that had been sitting in the old HTPC for a while, the hdd was 500 GB so that was more then enough and the optical was a DVD drive so it would work as well. So once my build was all complete and down I powered up the system. The system then turned on for a brief second then it powered back down again, I could smell something burning. I then opened up the case and took a look, sure enough something did burn. On the motherboard a trace had blew, I don't know what happened but a trace did blew.

I then pressed the power button to see if the system would maybe still boot up and work, and surprisingly it did. It turned on and went to the BIOS and everything. I then proceeded to turn it on and off a few times to make sure it wasn't some sort of fluke and it was still working fine, everything stable after a few ons and offs. I decided that since the system was still working I would go ahead and at least install the OS.

I got a copy of Windows 7 Professional a few days before getting my parts, directly from Microsoft its self from their student program since I was still a student for a few more months. It only cost me around $75 for the full OEM copy of the OS, not a bad deal at all. Now the OS deal from Microsoft isn't an actually disc but a disc image, I ordered the disc as well for an extra $13 just because I usually lose the burned disc and burned disc tend to not last very long either. I downloaded the OS which I believe took a good part of a day, hence the reason why I bought the OS before the parts arrived, after the download was complete I burned the image on a DVD.

Since made my OS disc ahead of time from my parts arrival I didn't have to wait on anything. I inserted the disc in the drive and then proceeded to install windows 7. During the installation I realized that this computer build was really nice hardware just for a HTPC that I would be using to watch TV. After giving thoughts and considerations I decided not to make this a HTPC but my main system, Blue Phoenix. After more time of thinking I considered to change the names since both Red Dragon and Blue Phoenix where out of commission at the moment I created new names Blue Dragon and Red Phoenix. Aren't I genius at names?

Besides installing the OS I also decided to install important software such as firefox and my virus software as well. After installing those I dissembled my build and packed up the motherboard and cpu back in their boxes. The next day I shipped the motherboard back to newegg for a RMA. After about a weeks time I got my new replacement motherboard from new egg. During that time to wait I got my old main computer case back from a friend who was painting it for me.