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Senior Capstone Career Project - Product Work Log
Name: Joseph Hughes
Product: Custom Built Computer
Date, Time, & Location:
3 December 2016
5:00 PM- 7:00 PM
Project Facilitator’s Home
Activity: I went to Mr. Phillips home and we met and spoke about my product and plans for my product
Commentary: Price was not a large factor for me but the best performance for the money I could spend was. We decided on what case I should purchase for my Computer along with what motherboard and processor I should use. I plan on going back to Mr. Phillips home and talking more about my motherboard and processor to make it final. We also spoke of my interest in this field and he showed me a few computers he has worked on over the years and we went over many of the procedures to follow while building. The case I picked out was a Corsair Carbide series SPEC-02
Date, Time, & Location:
20 December 2016
5:00 PM- 6:30 PM
Project Facilitators Home
Activity: I met with Mr. Phillips again and decided on a few more parts and learned about many different procedures and how different parts affect a computer.
Commentary: Mr. Phillips and I went over which graphics card to buy, what brand to purchase and spoke about how much power the graphics card I chose would give me. We spoke about how to install the graphics card and we also finalized my motherboard and processor. We decided on an Intel core i5 6600K Skylake processor with a MSI gaming ATX motherboard. We also decided that my graphics card would be a GTX 970 ACX 2.0.
20 January 2017
5:00 PM- 7:30 PM
Activity: I Met with Mr. Phillips at his home again and he showed me how to install certain parts and showed me multiple videos on installing computer parts
Commentary: I visited Mr. Phillips at his home and he showed me on a computer he is currently building how to properly install certain parts. He showed me how to make sure the motherboard is installed correctly on top of its stand-offs. He also showed me how the RAM, Processor, and processor fans must be installed before putting the motherboard in. We watched a few installation guides on computers and then he gave me a few other video links to watch as homework before my next visit.
5 February 2017
5:00 PM- 8:00 PM
Activity: I met with Mr. Phillips at his home again and we discussed how to install other computer parts and watched more videos, deciding on a few more key components for my build.
Commentary: I met Mr. Phillips at his home and we went over How to properly install a graphics card and how to power all the components with the power supply. He showed me many ways of managing power cables and we decided my power supply should be a Seasonic Gold plated 750 watt. We also talked about many different things that can be installed in the bays and went over many different hard drives and solid state drives to decide which were best suited for me. He told me to review what we watched and come back with a decision on my hard drive and to continue watching build guides to learn as much as I can.
20 February 2017
5:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Activity: My final meeting with Mr. Phillips Where I watch Mr. Phillips and help him construct a PC from beginning to end and decide my final PC components.
Commentary: I meet with Mr. Phillips for my last session of learning with him and we begin work instantly on building a computer together for a friend of Mr. Phillips. We started with prepping the case and making sure the motherboard stand-offs were all installed. After we installed the motherboard with the ram and processor installed. Then we finished up with the graphics card, fans, wiring, and memory. Mr. Phillips then told me I was ready to build my own PC on my own and we spoke about a few other parts I've decided on including my WD blue hard drive, and simple 120 GB SSD.
12 March 2017
9:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Activity: I built my computer and installed my operating system.
Commentary: I woke up and instantly began building my computer. I started with prepping my case by removing unnecessary parts and installing my storage and power supply. I then prepped the motherboard and installed all necessary components on or inside of it. I then installed the motherboard to the case and tightened it down. I then installed my disk drive, graphics card and cooling system for my processor. After I finished building the computer and making sure everything was wired properly I turned on the PC. I booted up the system and it booted up with no problems. I then began the installation of windows ten and all the basic programs I needed. After that it was time to call it quits for the day.
25 March 2017
5:00 PM- 10:30PM
Activity: Overclocking graphics card and processor.
Commentary: I started overclocking my computer by first running a stress test on my computer at its base and see what temperatures I was reaching. Once I got the base for my clocking I kicked up the ghz on my processor to 4.3 and ran it there for an hour and decided that it was hitting safe temperatures. I then went into overclocking my graphics card and maxed it out to the top that the program would allow me.
Time Spent with Facilitator: 13.00
Total Time Thus Far: 25:30my motherboard and processor. We decided on an Intel core i5 6600K Skylake processor with a MSI gaming ATX motherboard. We also decided that my graphics card would be a GTX 970 ACX 2.0.
Activity: I built my computer and installed m