This was a Father / Son project for my 11 year old son. He's got an interest in general technology, so I thought we'd take a day to build a new machine for him following his birthday earlier this month.
He did most of the work himself, and virtually all of the photography you see here. Sorry about that. Worst build photos ever.
However the build came out very nice and clean after some significant time spend policing up the wires with zip ties and velcro strips. Moving some of them around was a bear.
My son had fun and learned a lot, though. He was really excited, and grateful for the time spent working with him on something like this.
It'll be a good memory for both of us, and it's useful now! I actually made him do his homework on it first, before he could play any games!
Thanks everybody for all of your help and suggestions.
|CPU||Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core||$227.97||OutletPC|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing||$29.99||Newegg|
|Motherboard||MSI Z77A-GD55 ATX LGA1155|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$80.99||Amazon|
|Storage||Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" SSD||$125.45||SuperBiiz|
|Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$52.91||OutletPC|
|Video Card||HIS Radeon HD 6870 1GB|
|Case||NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower||$85.87||Amazon|
|Power Supply||Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V||$79.99||Amazon|
|Optical Drive||LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer||$64.99||SuperBiiz|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$84.99||NCIX US|
|Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.4GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||27.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||36.0° C|