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Okay, so for my senior project i have to put 15 hours of work into something. (or make it seem like I did). I am building a computer and overclocking it. So my question is what can I do to make it seem like I did a lot of work? I mean this is my first build so I also want to make sure everything goes as planned. Things like temp monitoring, and voltage monitoring (does that even exist?). I also heard there is a command prompt to see what is all inside of your computer. I thought i would use that to make sure all my pieces were installed correctly. Any ideas to help make it seem like I put a lot of work into it. And what I need to do to test it.

Never built a computer, and have Ive never overclocked. I dont have the money to buy any programs or any new pieces besides a new cpu fan after a few stress tests and temp documenting. I would like to learn about voltage if any of you have any information on how that works.
Edited by Kyubimark - 2/9/11 at 9:15am
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So your trying to make it look like more work than it actually is? Try proper cable routing, hardware installation, os installation, optimizing windows for performance, running performance programs such as 3dmark, overclocking, prime95, ect. Unfortunately computer building besides putting it together isn't really all that interesting to watch, as most of it requires hours of patience, and waiting for the computer to finish doing its set task.
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You could actually put close to 15 hours into it (see my build log thus far). Case modding is time consuming
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You could actually put close to 15 hours into it (see my build log thus far). Case modding is time consuming
I definitely second that, as evidenced by my log
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OH, one more thing. Do I need to mess with the voltage settings or anything because I have no experience with that. Do I need to monitor it?
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You could actually put close to 15 hours into it (see my build log thus far). Case modding is time consuming
Not really ready for case modding. I dont want to screw up a brand new case and I cant afford to put anything else into it for a while. Besides a gpu cooler.
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Make a multi-system test bench out of acrylic. Have lots of bends instead of cuts and gluing. Make it multiple layers for the ability to put the water systems on the top tier, multiple PC systems on the second tier and PSU and HDD's on the bottom tier. Make 2'+ tall and wide enough for two mainboards. Make it look artistic, not minimalist!

That should give you roughly 15 hours of work!
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Don't be afraid to revise things - for example doing benchmark testing with a program, documenting it, then changing settings.... Don't just do one OC and call it good. WCing could add some time.... Ever thought about doing a case mod? Just some ideas. I could put days into a build - between case modding, hardware/overclocking, software, cooling, cable management, lighting / effects, benchmark testing... easy to put 15 hours in (even in one sitting!)

Try building your rig all the way - OCing it, benchmarking... THEN go back and mod the case, add cooling (water, more air, etc.), cable management, lighting. This way you have upset what would seem like the natural order of a build, but still achieve a powerful, cool looking, and +15 hour result.

Maybe even OC the build with stock cooling, and then either add air or water cooling as a means to improve the OC? This takes time and achieves the appearance of progress toward an even further goal.

Just my thoughts
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To be completely honest with you, someone who has no idea of how to build a computer will believe it took you 15 hours to put it together.
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post #10 of 63
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Make a multi-system test bench out of acrylic. Have lots of bends instead of cuts and gluing. Make it multiple layers for the ability to put the water systems on the top tier, multiple PC systems on the second tier and PSU and HDD's on the bottom tier. Make 2'+ tall and wide enough for two mainboards. Make it look artistic, not minimalist!

That should give you roughly 15 hours of work!
You just blew my mind..... Im so confused
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