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Brian Kasha



        Every aspect of society is becoming more and more integrated with technology and

computers. They are the future of human interaction and development; I want to help shape that

future. To gain a firm foundation in my knowledge of computers I decided to build one.

       I started by researching security threats in computer systems and how to protect against

those threats. During my research, I learned how to properly secure my computer once it had

been built. This also cemented my interest in computer security.

       I then had to start researching the individual components that make up any computer.

I found that I needed 8 major components: a case to put everything in, the power supply, a

motherboard, a processor, some RAM, a hard drive, a disk drive, and a video card. I started with

a budget of 1200 dollars that I had saved last summer and set aside specifically for this purpose.

This gave me the ability to purchase some of the higher quality products in order to make the

computer as fast as possible.

       Since the components are all interconnected and have to be compatible with one another,

I first had to decide which processor I wanted. A processor is the component that provides the

basic system of operation that all other components add to and build upon. I was trying to find

the fastest one I could for under 200 dollars. I settled on a Intel Core i5-2500k. It ran at 3.3GHz

and was unlocked so I could overclock it to even faster speeds later.

       I then needed a motherboard. A motherboard is basically a board which allows all the

other pieces of a computer to communicate quickly with one another. Since my processor had

a LGA1155 socket, I had to search for motherboards that would match this. My other criteria

for a motherboard were a large amount of space for future expansion and a built in sound card. I
settled upon the Z68X-UD3H-B3 board from GIGABYTE. It met all my criteria for a board and

was cheaper than any alternatives at only 150 dollars.

         After that I started researching RAM. RAM or Random Access Memory determines

how fast your computer can access and recall information necessary for its function. SInce it

plays such a vital role, I went ahead and bought quite a bit of it. I bought 4 4GB of Vengeance

1600MHz RAM. This is enough to take up all the slots on my motherboard. It cost 110 dollars

but would prove to be worth it.

         I then looked at possible Hard Drives to purchase. A hard drive is where your information

is stored. The larger the storage, the better. I bought a 1TB drive from Seagate for 110 dollars.

This is way more space that I currently need but will last well into the future.

         I looked at Video cards next. Video cards determine how fast your computer can handle

and replay high quality video. Since I want to use this computer for gaming and video editing,

I splurged a little here. I bought a N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr 2 Video Card. This card is insanely

fast. It has over a GB of DDR5 memory built in. It was the most expensive piece of my build at

220 dollars.

         I then needed to get a disk drive. This is necessary to read any media disks I need it to.

I went ahead and bought a blu-ray one so I could watch high quality movies. It set me back 80

bucks.

         After I had purchased all my other electronic components, I then knew how much

power I would need to make it run. I ended up having to buy a 750W power supply unit from

Thermaltake for about 80 dollars. This gave me enough power for all my components with a

little wattage left over for expansion.

         I had now purchased all my parts. I needed a case to put them in. I bought a Cooler
Master 922 HAF case. It had plenty of room, good airflow to prevent overheating, came with 3

good fans, and just looked sharp. It cost 70 dollars.

       Since I now had everything, it was time to put it all together. I met my project facilitator,

Mr. Mark Schultheiss, at his house at 6pm on a monday night.

       I soon found out that building a computer is not necessarily a difficult task, but it is very

tedious, time consuming, and methodical. Certain things must be done in a set order or else

problems could occur.

       I started out installing the power supply. I mostly chose to do this first just for

convenience. It’s a rather large piece and just gets annoying to try and fit into the case later.

Next the motherboard was installed into the case using insanely tiny screws that are almost

impossible to fit in. It took me 20 minutes just to get all these dumb screws to fit right. I then

snapped the processor into the motherboard. After that I went ahead and installed the video card

and RAM. Both of these just simply slipped into sockets that had been pre built for them on the

motherboard. I finally added the hard drive and disk drive into their appropriate places.

       The real fun began once we started trying to wire all these components together. So many

wires are needed that I often got one set of them confused for a different set and plugged them all

in wrong. I had a major problem with remembering to wire the hard drive. It wasn't until I started

the computer and got an error warning that I realized that the hard drive had never been given

any power to run. The sheer number of wires also made for an unorganized mess. I spent a good

half hour just trying to organize all the wires and they still look jumbled and confused.

       My project facilitator, Mr. Mark Schultheiss, was giving me instruction and describing

the process throughout the night of building. It took 5 hours to build the entire physical

computer. I still hadn't installed any operating system or gotten it set up on the software side yet.
The next night I fired up the computer. It seemed to all be working. I decided to install

windows 7 as my operating system so I opened up that case and got started with the install. After

the OS installed (which took an ungodly amount of time), I installed all the drivers and made

sure all the components were running smoothly. Everything was all good. I had built a working

computer.

        I learned quite a bit about computers, myself, and what I want to do with my future from

this project. I now know how to build a functioning computer and could do it again even without

my facilitators assistance. I also discovered that I really need to stop procrastinating everything

I do relating to school. I waited way too long to seriously start this project and didn't really start

working hard on it until about february. This has also confirmed that I want to do something

related to technology for a career. I loved doing this project and would like to pursue a career

related to computers.

        In conclusion, I think that technology is awesome. Technology exists in every aspect of

life and is constantly progressing. Why would someone not chose a technology related career?

Thank you for your time.

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  • 1. Brian Kasha Every aspect of society is becoming more and more integrated with technology and computers. They are the future of human interaction and development; I want to help shape that future. To gain a firm foundation in my knowledge of computers I decided to build one. I started by researching security threats in computer systems and how to protect against those threats. During my research, I learned how to properly secure my computer once it had been built. This also cemented my interest in computer security. I then had to start researching the individual components that make up any computer. I found that I needed 8 major components: a case to put everything in, the power supply, a motherboard, a processor, some RAM, a hard drive, a disk drive, and a video card. I started with a budget of 1200 dollars that I had saved last summer and set aside specifically for this purpose. This gave me the ability to purchase some of the higher quality products in order to make the computer as fast as possible. Since the components are all interconnected and have to be compatible with one another, I first had to decide which processor I wanted. A processor is the component that provides the basic system of operation that all other components add to and build upon. I was trying to find the fastest one I could for under 200 dollars. I settled on a Intel Core i5-2500k. It ran at 3.3GHz and was unlocked so I could overclock it to even faster speeds later. I then needed a motherboard. A motherboard is basically a board which allows all the other pieces of a computer to communicate quickly with one another. Since my processor had a LGA1155 socket, I had to search for motherboards that would match this. My other criteria for a motherboard were a large amount of space for future expansion and a built in sound card. I
  • 2. settled upon the Z68X-UD3H-B3 board from GIGABYTE. It met all my criteria for a board and was cheaper than any alternatives at only 150 dollars. After that I started researching RAM. RAM or Random Access Memory determines how fast your computer can access and recall information necessary for its function. SInce it plays such a vital role, I went ahead and bought quite a bit of it. I bought 4 4GB of Vengeance 1600MHz RAM. This is enough to take up all the slots on my motherboard. It cost 110 dollars but would prove to be worth it. I then looked at possible Hard Drives to purchase. A hard drive is where your information is stored. The larger the storage, the better. I bought a 1TB drive from Seagate for 110 dollars. This is way more space that I currently need but will last well into the future. I looked at Video cards next. Video cards determine how fast your computer can handle and replay high quality video. Since I want to use this computer for gaming and video editing, I splurged a little here. I bought a N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr 2 Video Card. This card is insanely fast. It has over a GB of DDR5 memory built in. It was the most expensive piece of my build at 220 dollars. I then needed to get a disk drive. This is necessary to read any media disks I need it to. I went ahead and bought a blu-ray one so I could watch high quality movies. It set me back 80 bucks. After I had purchased all my other electronic components, I then knew how much power I would need to make it run. I ended up having to buy a 750W power supply unit from Thermaltake for about 80 dollars. This gave me enough power for all my components with a little wattage left over for expansion. I had now purchased all my parts. I needed a case to put them in. I bought a Cooler
  • 3. Master 922 HAF case. It had plenty of room, good airflow to prevent overheating, came with 3 good fans, and just looked sharp. It cost 70 dollars. Since I now had everything, it was time to put it all together. I met my project facilitator, Mr. Mark Schultheiss, at his house at 6pm on a monday night. I soon found out that building a computer is not necessarily a difficult task, but it is very tedious, time consuming, and methodical. Certain things must be done in a set order or else problems could occur. I started out installing the power supply. I mostly chose to do this first just for convenience. It’s a rather large piece and just gets annoying to try and fit into the case later. Next the motherboard was installed into the case using insanely tiny screws that are almost impossible to fit in. It took me 20 minutes just to get all these dumb screws to fit right. I then snapped the processor into the motherboard. After that I went ahead and installed the video card and RAM. Both of these just simply slipped into sockets that had been pre built for them on the motherboard. I finally added the hard drive and disk drive into their appropriate places. The real fun began once we started trying to wire all these components together. So many wires are needed that I often got one set of them confused for a different set and plugged them all in wrong. I had a major problem with remembering to wire the hard drive. It wasn't until I started the computer and got an error warning that I realized that the hard drive had never been given any power to run. The sheer number of wires also made for an unorganized mess. I spent a good half hour just trying to organize all the wires and they still look jumbled and confused. My project facilitator, Mr. Mark Schultheiss, was giving me instruction and describing the process throughout the night of building. It took 5 hours to build the entire physical computer. I still hadn't installed any operating system or gotten it set up on the software side yet.
  • 4. The next night I fired up the computer. It seemed to all be working. I decided to install windows 7 as my operating system so I opened up that case and got started with the install. After the OS installed (which took an ungodly amount of time), I installed all the drivers and made sure all the components were running smoothly. Everything was all good. I had built a working computer. I learned quite a bit about computers, myself, and what I want to do with my future from this project. I now know how to build a functioning computer and could do it again even without my facilitators assistance. I also discovered that I really need to stop procrastinating everything I do relating to school. I waited way too long to seriously start this project and didn't really start working hard on it until about february. This has also confirmed that I want to do something related to technology for a career. I loved doing this project and would like to pursue a career related to computers. In conclusion, I think that technology is awesome. Technology exists in every aspect of life and is constantly progressing. Why would someone not chose a technology related career? Thank you for your time.