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Hey all, So I got a call from a construction company in Chicago - their old machine was dying (Hard drive failure), and they needed a new machine built. They do construction bid estimates, plotting, emails, web-browsing, and proposals. Their old machine was a Pentium, so a 4th generation i3 processor (Along with the SSD) is going to offer a generous performance boost to their line of work.

Went with the 240GB SSD because their old drive was 250GB, but they only used 100GB worth of data - SSD is a steal for $120, and the performance can't be beat. All they really do is store blueprint designs, emails, and word documents on their machine.

They were previously running Windows Vista, and they wanted me to set the new OS as Vista on the new build - ends up their HASP key for their construction bidding program wasn't compatible with Windows 7 at the time, but the company released a driver update that added support for Windows 7.

I also added a Noctuna and an Enermax Everest fan to compliment the lack of fans on the case - the case only came with 1 fan, and it was pulling from the front. Obviously, one fan pulling in the front is not going to ventilate an entire case - I could see the CPU area becoming a severe hotspot. The front and side fan (Enermax) pull air in, and the Noctuna pushes it out (The Noctuna is right near the CPU heat sink, I wanted to draw in cool air, have it rush over the fins, and then push it out the back.) They're also whisper quiet, all you hear is the little quiet swoosh of air being pushed out the back.

No real challenges with the hardware - everything came in intact, no faulty hardware, cable management features were acceptable (Took a bit of work to get the side panel on once I zip-tied all the extra cables.)

Overall though, this machine runs very fast (7 second cold boot time once I tweaked the BIOS), and opens all of their programs instantly. I'll be delivering it hopefully on Friday, and I'm sure they'll be satisfied.

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sure they will be satisfied. Great job on this build, you certainly balanced it well. +1

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Perhaps add a cheap data drive to keep that SSD clean. For the price the contractor got a nice build!

  • 72 months ago
  • -1 points

For a work pc this is pretty nice. Only issue I would have is that PSU. This Corsair 80 plus Bronze rated PSU could have been had for a few bucks more and it comes with a rebate:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139049&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

Good job over all.

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I was aiming for quiet with this build, I could've done loud fans which would push a ton of air, but they wanted their build to be quiet and fast.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I meant the spelling haha