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Old 19-09-16, 09:34 PM
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Transplant - A story of generosity

A few months ago I was approached by a member of the forums with what he said was an "odd question" via PM.
This forum member was SparkleDJackson, a longtime member of the OC3D Community.

To make a long story short things Sparkle is a busy man and his Gaming PC was not working correctly. Being unable to figure out what was wrong with his existing parts and lacking the spare time to do some in-depth troubleshooting he contacted me to see if I could test his parts and then donate the working parts to someone that was in need of an upgrade.

SparkleDJackson lives a short distance from me, so we met at Boojum (a local Mexican Burrito bar) to chat about life, the universe, OC3D and ultimately what we wanted to do with his collection of used PC parts.



To put things mildly Sparkle's PC was a beast whenever it was built, easily sitting at the top of the enthusiast spectrum when they were released. Personally, I was gobsmacked by his generosity, making me all the more excited to test these parts and ultimately make someone's day with a free upgrade.

Below are the parts that Sparkle had donated.

CPU: Intel Sandy Bridge i7 3930K
Motherboard: ASUS X79 Rampage IV Extreme
RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum 4x4GB 2133MHz DDR3

Sparkle told me that he had been trying for weeks to find the time properly troubleshoot his parts, but life always seemed to get in the way.

Sparkle told me that he wanted me to figure out what components worked and then hand them down to whoever needed them the most. In his own words "If a single part of my drama can bless someones life then im good bro."



Sparkle had originally told me that if I could get any of the parts working that TTL and I were free to use it for my work on the website or donate it to a worthy cause, content that the parts would be used again and work to the benefit of someone else.

When speaking to Sparkle I mentioned to him a friend of mine that is currently waiting for a liver transplant, who is a gamer and will soon be in a position where he ,post-transplant, will not be able to leave his house for several months.

With his condition, my friend Aaron is currently in a position where he is constantly tired and lives with a liver at 5% functionality. He was an Engineering Student who studied with me in Queens University Belfast until his condition worsened.

Sparkle and I agreed that he was the exact person who would benefit most from these parts, being able to use them for gaming after his transplant and as a workstation when he is able to return to University.

Since receiving the parts I have been in communication with Sparkle giving him updates on my progress, though sadly progress has been slower than I had initially hoped. A lot of these delays are due to Aaron's schedule and wellness, so this sadly couldn't be avoided.




I quickly started work trying to breathe some new life into this hardware, using my old dimastech test bench and my old 1000W Cooler master Silent Pro PSU as my testing platform.

All the parts were in immaculate condition visually,making me very excited to start testing these components.




To start off I tested the RAM on a different PC, testing them with some popular CPU and memory stability tools like Prime95, OCCT and memtest86.

All 4 sticks were fully functional, which was certainly a good start to proceedings.



I plan on updating this post over the next few days. Right now I am piecing together all of the pictures from the project and get everything done in the right order.

Thank you SparkleDJackson for your generosity and support throughout. Aaron and I are very grateful for all that you have done.

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Old 19-09-16, 09:51 PM
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Old 19-09-16, 10:33 PM
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A very deep and sad thread, but also a warming one mate. I'm subbed and looking forward towards future updates!
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Old 19-09-16, 10:39 PM
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Just a few quick pictures of Aarons current PC. Sorry for the terrible picture quality, just wanted to get a little more information up.

Below are the PCs specifications.

CPU: AMD x4 760K
Motherboard: Gigabyte FM2 GA-F2A85XM-D3H
RAM: Mis-match 2x4GB Corsair 1600MHz + 1x2GB Kingston 1600MHz + 1x4GB TeamGroup 2133MHz (Running at 1600MHz. 14GB in total)
GPU: HD 7870 Tahiti LE - Aftermarket Accelero S1 Plus (+120mm fan)
SSD: 128GB Samsung 830
HDD: Seagate 3TB
PSU: Corsair CX430



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Old 20-09-16, 09:08 AM
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Really hope you get this working for your mate. Hopefully the board is OK because that is the nuts kick if you need to replace it. Especially a RIVE, they're worth their weight in gold now.

TBH the cheapest fix would be if the CPU was duff. You can get a 2670 V2 octa core for around £60.

Good luck, and I really hope this works out
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Old 20-09-16, 09:31 AM
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Managed to finally find the photo that I was looking for.

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I have already tested the memory and found all DIMMs to be working perfectly, which means that the fault is with either the CPU or the motherboard.

I was testing these parts while I was waiting for all of the parts for Devbox to arrive, so I borrowed the Noctua NH-U12S to cool the i7 3930K.

To start off I reset the bios and attempted to start the system with only a single DIMM of memory, so see if any of the memory slots were at fault. The system never booted so the fault had to be somewhere else in the system.

I then tried to use the GTX 750Ti GPU I was using in a different PCIe lane, just to confirm that this was not the issue. The system still failed to boot.

Looking at the motherboard the CPU fault LED was lit, which would lead a lot of people to think that the CPU was faulty and needed to be replaced, but I decided to do some further testing before investing in some new hardware.



I looked into the motherboard's manual and features to figure out if I could update the BIOS, though thankfully this motherboard does have dual BIOS chips.

Flipping the switch and crossing my fingers the system booted! Success!

After this, I used an old 30GB SSD that I had and quickly installed windows to start stability testing. After an overnight test with OCCT I concluded that the CPU does indeed function normally.

The system fault was a corrupted/faulty bios chip, which allowed all of these parts to be salvaged.
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Old 20-09-16, 10:03 AM
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Awesome news that it was just a faulty bios and I hope you mate gets to enjoy his new system when it's all up and running and I hope his transplant goes well for him if he's not already had it yet and Kudos to Sparkle and yourself for setting this all up
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Being in a position to know about Aaron first hand via conversations with WYP over Discord I'm blown away at the generosity here. Kudos to you Sparkle and WYP this is a true feel good thread.
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haha I bet you felt like doing a Party Boy out of Jackass when it booted

Fannytastic news man. I had a RIVE, work of art.
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I like this.

Carry on!
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