My Big Beastie Died

mobo gave up the ghost

Sunday, June 14, 2020 by starkers | Discussion: Personal Computing

I'm not having much luck with computers just lately.  My Big Beastie with the Ryzen Threadripper X2920 suddenly died and I had to take it into a techie to find out how and why.... being I have no diagnostic tools to speak of.  It turns out that the mobo just up and died on me.  Geez, it's not even 6 months old and it retired itself.

Anyhow, that wasn't the end of it and I got some good news.  The techie sent it back to MSI and they promptly replaced it without question.  Apparently there were a few others suffering the same fate.... a faulty BIOS or something.  I should receive the replacement in the next couple of days, after which I shall take it into the techie to rebuild the machine for me.  My hands aren't as good as they used to be, arthritis 'n all, and I don't enjoy building PCs like I used to.

The other issue was a brand new power supply that just stopped working.  I installed it in my Ryzen 9 machine and I managed to set up the OS and programs without issue, but when I tried to reboot the following morning there was no power.  I tried another lower powered PSU and the machine booted okay, so it wasn't the build itself, just the PSU.  It is now on its way back to the seller to be replaced.  Hopefully that doesn't take too long, being shipping and deliveries are often delayed in this age of Corona virus.

Oh well, all's well that ends well.

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starkers
Reply #21 Wednesday, July 1, 2020 6:14 PM

Yeah, I am disappointed with MSI and its handling of my RTM.  The store I purchased the board from is helping me to gain a satisfactory outcome to my case, and hopefully it is resolved quickly so I can get back to using my primary PC.

starkers
Reply #22 Saturday, July 18, 2020 11:43 AM

I dunno, can't take a friggin' trick just lately.... my 3rd piece of hardware in a couple of months died a week ago


And that's not 'fucking with it'?

As I said....build it once and build it right.

I had to fuck with my AMD FX machine last week .... the PSU gave up the ghost and died.  It was less than a month old so I took it out and RTM-ed the sucker.  Well I got its replacement earlier today [that was quick] ... a brand new one still in its original shrink-wrapped packing.  Anyhow, it is now fully installed and running like a dream.

starkers
Reply #23 Wednesday, August 5, 2020 7:30 AM

Well some good news on the mobo front.... not only do I get a brand new board, I'm getting an upgrade to a better, more feature packed replacement: the MSI MEG X399 Creation. It comes with a PCIE M.2 expansion card that holds 4 M.2 SSDs that can all be linked via the in-built RAID arrays.  Yup, installing Windows on a x4 SSD RAID array should give it a bit of zip.  Also, Big Beastie gets a RAM upgrade, from 64GB to 128GB

Hopefully the mobo arrives early next week so's I can get it into the techie to rebuild Big Beastie.  I have so missed it and was suffering separation anxiety..... as if I needed another pill to calm me down.

Jafo
Reply #24 Wednesday, August 5, 2020 8:59 AM

Big beastie seems to be getting bigger...

starkers
Reply #25 Wednesday, August 5, 2020 9:44 AM


Big beastie seems to be getting bigger...

Yeah, sure is, but then I always planned to upgrade the RAM, and I might just as well get it installed while the techie is doing the rebuild.  I'm so looking forward to it being in working order again.... putting it through its paces with the additional RAM and the OS running off the RAID array utilising four 240GB SSDs.   Yup, Big Beastie will absolutely fly along.

It will definitely be my last build, though.  There will always be bigger and better tech coming out, but I'm more than satisfied with what I've got.  Besides, the 3rd gen Threadripper CPUs and motherboards are way more expensive than I can afford, and the 4th gens will likely be even less affordable.

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