Sunday, May 8, 2016

Pictures!


  Front View While Resting

 Front View While On
Fan is on and LED's are lit up
 Side View While On
Fan is on and LED's are lit up.
 Side View While Off
 Inside Look (While Off of Course)
Back View While Off

Couldn't Get a Back View While On because all the cords to make it turn on are behind a desk.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Assembly / Performance

Sadly, I wasn't able to capture the building on video as a time lapse, although it did take place throughout the course of a week or two, not all in one sitting. This was due to some, complications. Apparently the research I did on my CPU was invalid. The socket type wasn't compatible. I noticed that the motherboard had many different socket types and one that I looked into was Sempron. I thought it was, a motherboard socket supported many different CPU sockets. This was not the case. I looked up "what does sempron support" and it came up with a lot of stuff including FM2. So, I got a CPU with a socket type of FM2. After some gruelling and frustrating time of trying to get the CPU into the motherboard, it ended up with some bent pins on the CPU. That wasn't good.

So we had to order a new CPU. But this time, I discovered that it wasn't CPU socket types that were under a motherboard socket type, they had to match. So the motherboard quite literally supported CPU's with "sempron" socket types and "athlon" and etc. So I got a CPU with the socket type of "AM3". This one. after arriving, fit in the motherboard as snug as a bug in a rug. It went in without a problem. The fan was a bit difficult, but we got it. Mounting the motherboard was really the only other thing that proved challenging about putting everything into place, so other than that it went smoothly up until the time came to wire everything. Wiring took forever, because it all had to be in the right place and not move or budge or do anything. And most importantly, EVERYTHING had to be wired. You couldn't miss a thing. Wiring took hours. After everything was done...

It didn't work. I opened it back up and went inside, double, triple checking everything. It all seemed in line except for one thing. The guide I was reading off of said that I would have a 4-Pin cable that needed to plug in somewhere else on the motherboard, but I had a 6-pin cord that said "CPU" on there. And it wasn't just an extra cord, it was one of the ones that was permanently connected to the power supply, so it HAD to be there. I eventually saw a 6-Pin plug somewhat near the CPU, so I tried plugging it in there and low and behold, it worked! A couple days ago I went back in with my friend Willison to plug in the case fans because I had an issue with overheating and it runs perfectly! Willison is also building a computer, you should check out his blog here. I'll have pictures and maybe some videos of how well it runs soon!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Ordering

A while back I ordered my keyboard and mouse. Last week I compiled a list of computer parts and the total on Newegg came up to $698. We ordered the parts. So far only the monitor has arrived, but more parts are due to arrive later today. The case and motherboard and a few other things are supposed to arrive today. Once I have all my components, I plan to film a time lapse of me building it and embed it into my blog.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Compiling a List

I've been looking at more parts for my computer, and whilst I'm still hopping around from part to part, weighing my options, the motherboard and CPU are set. I'll be ordering them as soon as I find everything else I need.

This Site gives a good detailed list of parts you could use for a roughly $300 computer, $600 computer and a $1200 dollar computer. Being that I'm going with a low budget one, it really helps a lot on deciding what parts to use, however I still have a couple other options in mind.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Viewing Components

Currently I'm looking at 2 different parts of my computer. The CPU and the Motherboard. They both are great for what I need and will be using the computer for but the only issue is knowing whether or not the two parts are compatible.

I've found a page that tells me what I need to look at for compatibility. For example, sockets and chipsets. I looked at the page for the Motherboard and found that it had multiple sockets. It had FX, Phenom II, Athlon II, and Sempron. I looked at what the different sockets supported and found out that Sempron supported the type of CPU the one I was looking at was, which is FM2. So I was all good on a socket standpoint. I then looked at chipsets. The Motherboard has an AMD 970 chipset with SB950. So I looked at a wikipedia chart for AMD chipsets for what they would require and the CPU delivered on all fronts. My uncle even helped me out and he has an extensive knowledge of computers. So as far as I know, the motherboard and CPU are compatible with one another and I should be ordering them soon.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Makeover

As I continued writing the story, things began to slow down and progression eventually to a halt.

The project was starting to bore me and I lost interest. I had been thinking about switching for a little bit but I stuck with it. Eventually, I decided to switch over. 

My friend Willison is building a computer and I thought that it was a good idea. He was able to use the grant we got from Donors Choose to get his motherboard, but I found a site online that had a list of parts to build a good computer for roughly $350. I've already ordered my Keyboard + Mouse on Amazon. Typically I don't think I would have ordered it so soon, but it's normally $90 but was on sale for $32.

The rest of the supplies will be ordered soon(ish).
I'm really excited to build my computer and I can't wait until I do.