Presentation on theme: "Build Your Own PC By Wayne Maruna 7/19/08. Top 10 Reasons to Build Your Own PC You’re a masochist Since retiring, you don’t have enough irritation in."— Presentation transcript:
Top 10 Reasons to Build Your Own PC You’re a masochist Since retiring, you don’t have enough irritation in your life. You like paying more for things You need to use up extra bandages Your spouse said “Don’t even think about it”.
More reasons to build your own PC You’re a person who likes a challenge. You find satisfaction in doing things yourself. You like being able to fix things, and need to know how they work. You don’t like talking to people in India Ever since watching “When Harry Met Sally”, you just have to have things the way you want them, or not at all.
Lots of good reasons for a new PC! Dilbert, by Scott Adams 05-11-08
Our little project Based on a micro-ATX LAN party case AMD 4000+ Dual Core CPU, AM2 Socket Biostar motherboard, nVidia chipset 4GB DDR2-800 (PC6400) A-Data RAM 250GB Seagate Serial ATA Hard Drive Twin DVD Burners (one with LightScribe) MSI PCI-E video card, nVidia 8400GS GPU Using on-board sound & LAN 400 Watt Power Supply
Anatomy of a Computer BRAINS = CPU BACKBONE = Motherboard SPINAL COLUMN = Chipset HEART = Power Supply SKIN = Case In the interest of good taste, we’ll end the physical analogy there.
THE BRAIN It all starts with the CPU selection I like AMD CPUs because of price / performance ratio 4000+ retail CPU with fan and 3-year warranty for only $58 delivered (Jan 08) AM2 Socket, currently AMD’s most popular (but migrating to AM2+) Low 65 watt power consumption cuts heat
Socket To Me – Choices Galore CPUs and Motherboards By Socket Type on NewEgg.com as of 7/14/08
THE BACKBONE Next, choose a motherboard We chose a Biostar TF7025-M2 AM2 socket motherboard because of price / feature ratio. Delivered cost of $72 nVidia GeForce 7025/NF630a chipset Micro-ATX form factor
Motherboard Details Four memory module slots, 4GB max Four SATA connectors, 1 IDE, 1 Floppy 1 PCI-E x16 slot, 1 PCI-E x1 slot, 2 PCI Supports 8 USB ports (4 on board) On-board nVidia video, sound, LAN. VGA and DVI-I video connections
THE SPINAL COLUMN Chipset Vendor choices usually include Intel, AMD, nVidia, SiS, and Via Northbridge – responsible for high performance devices, e.g. memory controller, integrated graphics or interface to discrete graphics card Southbridge – less sensitive devices, incl. networking, audio, storage, peripherals
The Case for a MicroFly So-called LAN party case. Small footprint: 11”W x 15” D x 9-1/2” H Fits micro-ATX motherboard (only 4 expansion slots) See-through top and sides (other models have solid piano black finish) Made of lightweight aluminum. No power supply Delivered from Tiger Direct for $59
The processor’s back side. Note square notch (lower right) with triangle marker used to orient CPU in mobo socket.
Motherboard socket has matching square in lower right corner so CPU can only go in one way. Never force the CPU in. It should drop in.
CPU Pin-outs Must Match Socket Socket 939Socket AM2 Socket 940 Can you locate the differences?
CPU must be installed with thermal compound. Retail CPU/Fan comes with it already applied to the bottom of the heat sink. For OEM installations or reinstalls, use a good after-market compound like Artic Silver.
Although the motherboard comes equipped with on-board nVidia GeForce 7025 video with up to 64MB of shared system memory, we opted for an MSI (MicroStar International) PCI-E x16 video card with 256MB of dedicated memory. It utilizes the nVidia 8400GS graphics engine, and has both VGA and DVI-I outputs. Delivered cost of about $42 before $10 MIR Video Card
The video card has its own heat sink and fan that look like they should be mounted on a Harley.