Description

This build was a class project for leaning how to build a PC. Twelve student from age 11 to 60 learned about the parts of a PC and how to put them together. The ideas was to use some recycled parts and some new parts as if this were and upgrade to a home PC. In the end we only were able to put two recycled (scrubbed) hard drives and a case fan, but it was still a successful build. The original case we wanted to use was a 'find' at the dump, but despite being and "interesting" case" it proved unsound because of some loose case wires for the power/reset button, so this $30 case in the description was purchased to complete the build.

This PC will be used in the Atheneum Library for other projects like simple 3D printing and design as well as some games. Over some more classes we will install the OS, benchmark the system, and tweak setting.

Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 3 points

Very nice. Although for a similar price you could've gone for an R9 270, which crushes a 750 Ti when OC'd. AMD really do have this price point locked down.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, a R270 would have cost about $40 more....price was a consideration...and the 750Ti works like a champ.

  • 59 months ago
  • 3 points

Isn't that GB not MB? A gig of storage wouldn't load a standard OS

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it GB...I was having a brain fart.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

What class was this in cause I totally wanna take it. And great build! That price point is hard to beat!

  • 59 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm a Reference/Technology librarian at our local library. This year we are into MAKING things, so I am teaching "Making a PCs from Scratch". (I'm doing a Breaker Space too where you disassemble everyday electronics to make ...err robots or weird toys I guess.)

This first PC will be our showcase...yeah, I know, a pretty weak showcase...but this is all for low cost remember. So this PC will stay together and be used in the library for various fun things.

I have authority to spend another $500-$700 to buy parts we will then use to build the next machine. (Maybe that machine will be better, but I actually think simple and cheap is better for a class like this.) That next machine will cover three different classes. First a class where we build a PC. Then a class with mostly the same students to install the OS and benchmark. For the final class with those students we will cover some mild OC and tweaks.

Then I take the whole thing apart...re-box all the parts and start over with more students. Its sort of cheating to keep rebuilding the same PC, but that is how I can swing doing one build a month for 12 months. Also, if the parts are cheaper I don't have to worry about something breaking. From time to time we will do a Frankenstein Monster build for "dump parts" to see if we can get a ALL FOUND PARTS computer to work.

I want to work up to maybe holding a class where people buy their own parts and then we all build a PC. Everyone helps everyone else...that would be cool too. On the other hand, I have to teach 3D printer classes, Simple Coding, and other technology classes...as well as do my real job! The library has a 3D printer, 3D scanner, and other fun things...my hands are full.

I will add here that MANY public libraries do Maker Spaces. Also, if you know how to make a PC or 3D printing, they might be looking for someone like you to help them. You get to at least have the fun of making a PC even if you can't keep it

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply and all the information! I hadn't known about that and yeah I would just do I for the fun of putting the pcs together I don't mind if I can't keep it haha, but thanks again!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Dat old monitor... you're actually going to be able to push some great gaming at 1280x1024 resolution!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

The monitor was just to see if it would POST. I will probably get a cheap, but decent wide screen 1080 monitor for this build. I have a small budget for new parts for my classes.

  • 59 months ago
  • 0 points

Meh, I wasn't complaining.

  • 59 months ago
  • 6 points

That's cool... I was not offended. I stole the monitor off someone's desk just to post the machine, they ask "Where are you going with that monitor?" I had to explain I was just borrowing it.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

OP why would you buy a big case for small components?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Great way to teach technology we have a computer class in my school but no where close to doing this, wonder where they went wrong! anyways nice build are you going to disasemble it and rebuild it again and again to other students or was this a one time thing?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

What will be your rating for the case? Does it have a good space behind the mobo space?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like this case. I would give it a 5/5 for cases under $40 and for a nice case to to a quick solid build. But, even I have to admit that I'd rather have a $150 case for a high-end build because you get bells & whistles.

But, this is a super nice value with very solid quality. I would use it again for sure above any other case I have seen at that price.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

reviews said that the usb 3.0 of that case is not real.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll admit I didn't worry about that, since I have no USB 3 components to use or test. The case has only a wire that goes to the the USB 2.0 port on a mobo, I can confirm that.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice graphics card for a class project.....

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

That Looks so Awesome! But I recommend Putting some extra fans!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the case in the pick the lepa lpc 306.......... looks exactly the same as mine?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

nice but crappy cpu

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the case work is it good anybody else use it and think it's good

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Update: Just bought a new SSD to replace the old recycled HDDs. The SSD was inexpensive and 120 GB, yet ist will store and run everything we need.

Currently, the machine is up in the public access computer room where I have a number of "devoted fans" who play free/demo PC games on it. We have a young man who comes in nearly daily to play War Thunder on it. Not every library can afford a gaming PC, but the kids do enjoy it.

I need to put up more pictures...and put up our second build.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

hey i wanted to know if i could fit a laptop ssd in to a cpu cuz u chose a laptop hdd.. i hav a 500gb laptop ssd laying around

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

woah nice build i really like how good the cable management is lol your test monitor is a bit shady lol thinking about using that graphics card and case for my build overall nice part selection in my opinion although that cpu might bottleneck that graphics card could you tell me what kind of fps your are getting on games that you have like minecraft battlefield 4 maybe or even tf2

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmmm, yeah, installing Linux might be a direction to go. I'll see about creating a create a bootable USB. Is there an advantage to SLAX over say Umbuntu or Zorin?

Also thank you for mentioning a tool to check the drives. I clean the drives by doing a single with freeware Active@ KillDisk, but it is good to know what to use to check the drives under Linux.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I would use Puppy for something like this.

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