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Okay, I have returned to the forums to finish my final part of the presentation. I have to spend ten minutes talking about my computer to 3 judges for a school project. I do terrible in front of people so Im going to need some tips from you guys on how to keep them entertained.

I can have a four minutes video so I thought about using four minutes to tie together a video of what its capable of with video games since its a gaming computer, although Ive never made a video before in my life. I do have fraps the full version so it couldnt be to difficult. Ive thought about a slideshow but that is something a sixth grader could do.

Please share your thoughts on what I could do.
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Break up the 4 minutes of video into 30 second blocks, show the clip, explain what happened and why it happened..you will eat up your 10 minutes easily.
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What's the overall focus of the presentation? (Don't panic, OCN will help in anyway we can )

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Break up the 4 minutes of video into 30 second blocks, show the clip, explain what happened and why it happened..you will eat up your 10 minutes easily.
^This. It's a smart idea.

You built the rig yourself right? At the risk of sounding like a nerd (which i'm pretty sure they already know you are anyway), you could tell them why you made certain choices in component selection (in layman terms)
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Relax.
Breath deep.
Rehearse.
Practice in front of a mirror.

The more comfortable you are with your presentation, the better you will be at giving that presentation. Look them all in the eye at least once and continually scan the audience (even if it is only a few people).

Use some relate-able examples or comparisons to your computer (IE: one one hundredth the power of Big Blue...), to give them an idea of the power or function. Talk about why you built it and for what purpose.

Smile.
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What's the overall focus of the presentation? (Don't panic, OCN will help in anyway we can )
My project was how to build a gaming computer. So Im just going to kind of explain the functions of some of my componets and show what it can do. Im kinda fuzzy on the major detail because our teacher just said go at it. And my diploma rests on this.
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My project was how to build a gaming computer. So Im just going to kind of explain the functions of some of my componets and show what it can do. Im kinda fuzzy on the major detail because our teacher just said go at it. And my diploma rests on this.
You could also show how everything fits together and how all the components work together to make the computer function
Maybe have some gameplay and then say "While I'm playing this game, the computer has to do many functions very quickly and precisely in order to make the game work...CPU does this, GPU does that....."

But I think a good presentation would go something like this. Start out talking.
"Building your own gaming computer is much easier than you may think. A computer only has a few components (cpu/gpu/hdd/mobo/psu/ram)......" and explain what they do
then say something like
"In order to make your own working computer, you just need to buy these components and put them together. However, there are slight variations (AMD/Intel) so you have to make sure everything is compatible. For example....."

"Make sure that you do research on all the parts and be careful when you build. When building the computer you also want to avoid static because it can damage the components...."

Near the end show a video of different parts, maybe short explanation of functions, and some gameplay on the finished machine of course

Just mention a lot of basic things
It seems really easy to me
With the 4 minute video you only have to talk for 6 minutes

Haha, I'd just wing this sort of thing.
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My project was how to build a gaming computer. So Im just going to kind of explain the functions of some of my componets and show what it can do. Im kinda fuzzy on the major detail because our teacher just said go at it. And my diploma rests on this.
Alright. Like the above poster mentioned, you could go with short video clips (and possibly slides?) with explanations in-between to make it easier for them to follow.

I would probably put performance at the latter end of the video since focus is on the entire computer and gaming performance is just a "small" part of it ( since this is OCN, I use "small" with caution haha).

You could start with the purchase and building process etc.
Depending on your audience, I'd recommend you don't go into too much detail (eg. about RAM timing, multipliers etc. ) since everyone might look like o_O during those parts...

That said, the usual rules of a presentation always stand:
A few smiles here and there will lighten the mood (if you are good at jokes, humor could work well in your favor ... if you're not, don't try cos it could fail ... miserably )
*Look them in the eyes, from the teachers down to your classmates. They need you to show them that you're confident in your build and your presentation...
*Remain calm: You probably know more about PCs than half of those there anyway, so don't panic at questions (in fact, encourage their participation).

Remember, you've got this. You know your stuff. It's your build, your machine. You know it better than anyone else in the room does.

And finally, if it helps, imagine everyone in OCN sitting at the back cheering you on. lol. We're on you're side here
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What's the overall focus of the presentation? (Don't panic, OCN will help in anyway we can )

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^This. It's a smart idea.

You built the rig yourself right? At the risk of sounding like a nerd (which i'm pretty sure they already know you are anyway), you could tell them why you made certain choices in component selection (in layman terms)
Talk about the different parts of the hardware.

If it was a ground up build take pics of the various steps of putting it together... pics are not video yet can be pointed at and still burn through time... and
Dont be afraid to ask if anyone has questions, teachers love when presentations turn into good QandA.

~Whats a CPU?
well... (-:
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Since this is about building a gaming computer, it might be helpful to provide some context as to what that is, relative to a "normal computer." So, if you have access to a computer with, say, integrated graphics, of a modern vintage, it would be cool to see a side-by-side video of gameplay on both pcs. This way, the judges will see the benefit of a gaming computer.
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Well I thought about the 30 sec vids and then me talking for a while. Sounds like a great idea. Im going to take my computer apart and rebuild using a video camera and explain everything like you guys said. I forgot all about mentioning things like static damage. Ill save the epic gameplay video for last. Now all I need to do is make sure I have things that will make it seem more complicated than it actually is lol.
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