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The best way to spend 15 hours on a build is to screw something up during assembly (intentionally or otherwise...) and then going crazy trying to figure out what it is.

I remember one time I had changed motherboards on a build (same case) and forgot that one of the brass offsets was in a different position (went from amd to intel board).
The offset caused an intermittent short in the system.

When I took the board out and ran it, it was fine. Put it back in same issue... Finally after an entire weekend of getting more and more frustrated, I noticed that I had forgot to remove the unused offset.

Easy way to waste a weekend.
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Originally Posted by Robilar View Post
The best way to spend 15 hours on a build is to screw something up during assembly (intentionally or otherwise...) and then going crazy trying to figure out what it is.

I remember one time I had changed motherboards on a build (same case) and forgot that one of the brass offsets was in a different position (went from amd to intel board).
The offset caused an intermittent short in the system.

When I took the board out and ran it, it was fine. Put it back in same issue... Finally after an entire weekend of getting more and more frustrated, I noticed that I had forgot to remove the unused offset.

Easy way to waste a weekend.
WoW!! bummer
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Case mod (paint, cable management, sleeving) + documentation + os install and overclock could net you well over 15 hours if done right.
    
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Individual sleeving a PSU can take 20+ hours...
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I don't see why this is so much of an issue. The build its self (being your first) can take you anywhere from an hour to four hours. Then once you get into overclocking you can easily spend about 12 hours overlcocking, stress testing, revising your overclock and benchmarking. It won't be hard to convince someone that these are all necessary steps because well... they actually are!
Its not like im lazy and dont want to put that much time into it. I would love to put more than 15 hours of work into because technology is my passion. Its just I dont know that much about it. I live in South Carolina, so unless im hunting or doing drugs im not going to get any advice or lessons. Im depending upon forums and google to give me the info I need to learn what to do. So where would I find a manual on overclocking and how to do it?
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Here's how I would do it:

1 hour putting everything together. Do what robilar said and "mess" something up adding on another hour. So 2 hours total.

About and hour or two to install windows and all necessary software. Let's go with another 2 hours. So you're at 4 hours total now.

Start the overclocking process by researching what is and isn't a safe voltage. Again about another hour. 10 more hours to go!

Start overclocking making sure to stress test an hour between any changes you make. You will fail a few tests before an hour passes so let's say another 3 hours is spent on this part.

Now you are at what you believe to be a stable overclock and you must do a full stress test to make sure everything is in order. Do a 5 hour stress test. Once you pass the stress test you can benchmark and see the gains you've made over a stock processor (I forgot that step) and you're done!
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http://www.overclock.net/amd-cpus/79...l-threads.html

Plenty of overclocking help in that thread
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Research should be included in your time, if you teacher doesn't include it then they should find a new profession.

In any project, research can be as important or even more important than the actual process of creating the project. If you spend hours researching you know your project is going to turn out a lot better than if you did only minimum research.

If I were you, I would ask to be certain research is not included in the time for the project. If he/she insists that it is not included, Take multiple benchmarks at multiple settings and record them. Add fans after the build is complete and compare the temperatures before and after any fan additions.

Take the time to manage your cables with zipties and maybe see if you can manage to cut some holes or slots to allow for better cable management. This can take a lot of time as well.

One final idea I have is for you to buy a case without a side window, then cut out a window in the side of the case. That can really chew up a lot of time as well and its relatively simple to do. If you need much help with the cutting, you may be able to go to the metal shop teacher if you school has one.
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Here's how I would do it:

1 hour putting everything together. Do what robilar said and "mess" something up adding on another hour. So 2 hours total.

About and hour or two to install windows and all necessary software. Let's go with another 2 hours. So you're at 4 hours total now.

Start the overclocking process by researching what is and isn't a safe voltage. Again about another hour. 10 more hours to go!

Start overclocking making sure to stress test an hour between any changes you make. You will fail a few tests before an hour passes so let's say another 3 hours is spent on this part.

Now you are at what you believe to be a stable overclock and you must do a full stress test to make sure everything is in order. Do a 5 hour stress test. Once you pass the stress test you can benchmark and see the gains you've made over a stock processor (I forgot that step) and you're done!
Okay thats a great idea. I can probably even extend some of that with the pics and videos I have to make in between. Im just worried about overclocking, no clue what to do. And benchmarking....im not even 100% positive what that is.
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