Description

I go to a vocational tech school that my high school offers. I am studying Computer and Information Sciences. We recently decided that it was about time to upgrade our lab builds. Basically, our lab builds are our machines (separate from the ones we do our school work on.) that we use to learn and use throughout the chapters in our book. Eg; if a chapter in the book was all about installing different versions of windows, then these are the machines we would do it on.

Now to the parts!

  • CPU: We needed a decently priced CPU with okay integrated graphics. After many many hours of searching deals, promos and rebates, we decided to go with the AMD A10-5800K. We have not done any bench marking on the CPU yet, if we do then I will surly update this description.

  • Motherboard: The motherboard we chose was one of the cheapest ones that had SATA III and was MicroATX. The ASRock FM2A78M-HD+ has all the features we need and more.

  • Memory: My friend and I were responsible for picking the parts and we are in love with Fury Hyper X. My teacher also liked the metallic blue looking heat spreaders!

  • Storage: For the minimal amount of storage that we needed for these builds, we went with the Kingston V300 SSD, blazing fast!

  • Video Card: This wasn't intended to have a GPU in it, but, we had a spare ASUS GT 430 so I threw it in there. The parts list will say MSI because of the lack of ASUS GT 430 on the parts and one picture you will be able to see a MSI logo, that is a 750 Ti that we put in another identical machine.

  • Case: We wanted something sorta stylish and we had a rebate for it and it was $15! at the time, the case was only $39.99 so we got a pretty good deal. The AZZA Sirus is a pretty good looking case!

  • Power Supply: CoolMax 500w. 80+ Bronze and semi modular, a really good price for it, too.

I hope you enjoy this build! Hopefully more coming in the future!

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Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 4 points

I think if you upgrade the computer, you should upgrade the psu as well because bad psus are a fire hazard. A lot better to spend an extra 20 bucks rather than paying many fold more for a house or apartment.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Yup, CoolMax isn't the world's best PSU company. EVGA has a great option around this price.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feed back! Yes the PSU is the first thing on the list. Thank you! How is the description looking? This is my first build.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good to me.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

you can go with seasonic 620W its fully modular with 80+ bronze and its just 54 bucks

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

nice desktop background

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

How many fan addition slots are there? Is the one in there a 120mm?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

120mm x3

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

i would recommend buying a semi modular psu, they are usually cheaper than fully modular ones, and they still allow for decent cable management

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I used that case too for a "teaching build", its a nice case for the price. Light weight, decent window, and nice blue led fan. The inside is nice can clean and painted very important in a cheap case where you often just get bare unpainted aluminum, and set-up nicely for wiring. Sure, an more expensive case has more bells & whistles, but for about $30 this case is sweet.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I like this case also. Its really all you should expect from a $30 case.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

So, did you guys each build your own computers? Or are they all the same?

EDIT: Never mind, my brain had a moment. It's actually pretty awesome your school lets you guys do that. I wish my school's computer curriculum would at least include a class dedicated to computer science, and it used to, but with the recent change to Macs, my teacher has had to switch the class to a coding based curriculum, only being able to keep his windows machines because of the software we use in his class..

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

This is not through my normal school. I take a vocational school that takes up half of my school day. I am learning computer science and I will leave the class with an A+ Certification. All of the computers are exactly the same, I just had the opportunity to choose the parts for the build due to my extended knowledge of PcPartPicker. Thank you for the reply! May I ask how you stumbled upon my post? Just wondering!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Thanks for the front picture. I want to use this same case for my rig, but couldn't find any pics showing the 3 bays. Just wanted to see what they looked like before I bought that part.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you tell me more about the power supply that you used, what came in the box etc...

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The can is on in that orientation so it will pull the how air from the heatsink and out the empty 120mm fan slot. That's guys for the feedback! :D

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Fan*