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THE END!

Posted by Angela Hughes on Dec 4, 2011 in CSIT 1110

Well this is my last blog entry for the semester and although sometimes challenging, I did learn quite a bit about the basics of how computers work and why. The greatest aspect of this class was the comics instead of a textbook. The information in the comic and the lecture notes was on point with the exact information needed for the course. I could only wish that other courses would do the same, but I know it will never happen. 

When this class first started I had a difficult time with the assembly lab getting the simulator to work properly. Although I did have a hard time with the simulator, I did understand the concept. When we got into learning how to build PC’s, I was super excited. My only wish was that this lesson could have been more hands on, although it would be hard for the web class to do this. Choosing what I would put into my pretend PC was a little bit difficult because some things I did not understand such as brands, specifications, compatibility between components. With a little research I selected everything I needed for my project and ended up spending $1600.00 of my pretend money.

My most favorite lesson in this course was HTML. I love working with HTML, I feel pretty comfortable writing code (sometimes) and even searching out problems within the code and tweaking HTML to make my page look exactly as I need it. I learned that I could build a basic webpage without buying software or paying someone else to do it for me, even though buying website software would probably be a lot easier, nevertheless I am glad we had this lesson. Now that I have the basics down, I want to learn how to build a retail website.

The lesson on SCRATCH was a terrible experience for me, not that I couldn’t understand it, I lost most of the work I did by not saving periodically as I built the program and accidently closed it and lost almost everything a few days before the due date. I ran out of time in re-making my project run as I originally intended. Besides losing almost everything, I could not upload music from my own library to my project. With all of the problems that I had with SCRATCH, I did learn the basics of animation.

In the security section of the course I learned the history of hacking and I didn’t realize how easy one can be hacked. I would have liked to learn more about how to protect my PC from being attacked other than buying anti-virus software. When we entered the Robotics section it became very interesting to me learning the many areas where robotics can be used such as the military, manufacturing, and civilian. In a hospital in Japan, a robot is being tested to aide doctors and nurses in lifting elderly patients. I work side by side with a robot for years at a previous job, but never actually programmed it except changing the sequences in how the robot performed by what part we were producing at the time.

As we entered advanced computing it made me realize how far technology has come in my own life (and I’m only 33). I remember what it was like before computers and almost video games and now couldn’t imagine life without this technology that we have, I once read an article that stated that currently young people do not know simple facts or trivia compared to those who grew up before computers. I guess because now if you want to know an answer to a question you Google it, before you had to look it up in a book at your local library.

Taking this course has made me take a closer look at everything from computers, smart phones and even how the APP’s on my IPhone are built and coded. I want to say thank you to Dr. Brown for all your help throughout the semester, and thank you for the comics as well, it was great! My suggestion to future student is to write your blog into Microsoft office and copy/paste into word press, this will ensure correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Good-bye!

 
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Virtual Reality

Posted by Angela Hughes on Dec 3, 2011 in CSIT 1110

My Video Gaming experience began with “Frogger” on the ATARI Console (which my parents still have stashed away), ATARI games were hours of fun when there was nothing else to do. I also owned Pong, as well as Tennis, Space Invaders, Asteroids, Pac-Man, but my most favorite ATARI game of all was Pitfall.  Looking back it’s hard to believe how graphically challenged video games once were compared to gamming today.  I can still remember the sound of the worn out rubber boot on the ATARI joystick. ahhh memories.

The next Gaming system that I got was the Nintendo NES. Here is a really old Inside edition story about Nintendo.

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After Nintendo Nes the 16-bit Sega Genesis came out. With this new game system came my obsession with Mortal Combat which at this time, there were no Violence rated games. Mortal Combat started the violence ratings when parents thought playing this game would make their kids go out and kill people.

Ok, so I found a video showing the controversy over the Mortal Combat game. The “fatalities” was done after you beat a component, every fatality move had its own special code that you entered with the game controller, but you only had a few seconds to enter it for the move to work. (if you might be offended, dont watch this video)

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Next for me came the Sony Playstation, which at the time had the latest and greatest graphics because now, games were now on CD and were 32-bit. The games that I played the most were Grand Theft Auto and my most favorite Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.

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At the same time that I played play station, I also discovered “The Sims”, a computer game where you dictate every move of  “sims”. I remember that I could play this game for hours, and still can today, love it!

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Then came the X-box console in 2001 with once again, better graphics, in fact the 6th generation game console. Unfortunately for X-Box, the security was not so great and these systems could be “modded”, one could also add internal memory so that you could put your games into the memory of the console and not have to use the game CD and also download games online. There were more possibilities, but I will not go into that.


So years went by before I bought my current console due to graduating high school and entering the “real world”, working mostly seven days a week, marriage, babies. In the last several years I have not had much time to play video games at all. Last year I bought the Wii console for my kids to play, and have several times been caught playing while the kids are at school, which really makes them mad that I even consider playing. I enjoy that I can sit anywhere and play because of the wireless controllers, but hate that the batteries don’t last long. I even bought the charging system, but once again the battery packs just quit charging after six months.

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This is my next dream

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Artificial Intelligence

Posted by Angela Hughes on Dec 2, 2011 in Thoughts

Before this class, I never realized how far we have came with software technology. Even being directly in the electronics field and even the experience  with robots that that helped me do my  job, I really did not know.  The robots that was used knew what to do because an engineer programmed exact actions to perform, but never made decisions on its own (someday’s I could swear that my robot had its own mind).

One video that really stood out was ASIMO. If ASIMO was affordable for the general public, I would seriously consider him or her.  I honestly believe having a robot in the household to do daily chores such as dusting, vacuuming, and general cleaning would be desirable, to me anyway. I’m not sure if it is because ASIMO is child size or because he/she seems to interact socially, but I could see myself getting attached to ASIMO. As a child I remember watching the cartoon “Jetson’s” and thinking how cool it would be to have a robot dog or even a maid that cooked and cleaned. Probably because I wanted someone to clean my room!

The Jetson's

If you have never seen the cartoon “The Jetson’s”, first of all “I’m sorry, here is a video:

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ASIMO

Here is ASIMO, a very cute Robot that is very smart that was designed by Honda

 

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In the last video, did you notice the robot legs to assist’s people that can not walk?  Fascinating stuff!

 
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Robots

Posted by Angela Hughes on Nov 20, 2011 in CSIT 1110


The use of robotics is a large part of our lives and continues to evolve as technology improves. Currently robotics has been used to replace humans in areas that require consistency or jobs that are difficult to perform by humans safely. Today, robots are commonly used in Manufacturing, Medicine and Security and more. This blog will show the impact that robots have in our everyday lives.

Manufacturing companies use robots to do certain jobs for efficiency and for safety of their human employees. In my own experiences, the use of robots  in manufacturing can be challenging but once established and programmed correctly, robots can produce more products efficiently with less downtime, as well as reduced or zero damage to products produced, which in turn produces more income for the company by enabling the company to supply larger quantities to customers.

Here is a list of jobs that robots perform in the workplace:

Arc Welding

Assembly

Coating

Die Casting

Molding

Material Handling

Picking

packaging

painting

spot welding


“This video will show how specifically electronic manufactures use robots to consistently solder heat-sensitive components that can not be soldered by normal soldering process due to the excessive heat when PCB boards run through ovens for soldering. Doing this by hand would take a long time and would be more prone to damage during hand soldering.”

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Here is another video of how electronic manufacturing companies use robots to speed up processes in numbers that humans could never do. The machine in this video is is an example of a machine that I ran for 10 years in my previous job. So let me explain a little bit of the process involved. The robot in this machine is a “Pick and Place” robot. The robot is actually picking electronic components from reels located on both sides of the machine. The PCB boards enter this process with whats called as solder paste on the leads where components will be placed (this helps keep components in place until the next process). The light that you see is actually a 3D camera that ensures polarity of the components before placement. When all components are placed per instruction by the program, The PCB board will then move into an oven where the solder paste melts and the components are then soldered to the leads. Hope this description helps you to understand how mass quantities of PCB boards are produced. This job takes a lot of concentration and the ability to accurately read part numbers. If one component placed on the PCB is wrong, it could potentially be dangerous especially in the automotive field.

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Here are some other images of Robots used in Manufacturing:


 

Pick and place machines now replace:

Them…>>>

Logistics in manufacturing is very important when lots of different products are being produced at the same time. Some companies rely on robots to do this for them. Using robots to move product around in a warehouse would decrease the chance of damage to finished product from human error. Could be a great asset, but i wonder  employees would keep from being ran over from just walking to lunch breaks.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industrial_robot

http://www.densorobotics.com/

 


There might be a time in your life where surgery is needed. How would you feel if a robot performed the surgery? well, like it or not, doctors are already using this technology to help them for critical surgeries where a steady hand is needed to accurately do the job. A robot called the da Vinci has the ability to help trained surgeons perform surgery without huge incisions and less downtime for the patient after surgery.

The da Vinci Surgical System has two main components. A device with four arms on the operating table and Across the room, the surgeon sits near an ergonomically correct stereoscopic viewer. The surgeon, while sitting comfortably, can view a magnified 3-D high-resolution image of the operative site. The surgeon puts his hands in levers and as his hands move the levers, those levers translate his movements into precise movements by the arms of the robot. The surgeon “sees” and can “feel” movement and force of things like cutting and stitching as he watches it in 3-D.


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Check out this Robot-assisted Surgery.

I found a demonstration of what a surgical robot is capable of. In this video a surgeon demonstrates folding a paper air plane using the Da Vinci system. Notice how small when finished.

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Unfortunately, there are many that have lost limbs in both military and civilian accidents and others that are related to health issues.  Nowadays there are prosthetic for just about everything, and if not there is corrective surgery. What most people do not know is that Prosthesis for legs are very painful. My Brother in law lost a leg in a car accident about eight years ago and still has a lot of pain while using a prosthetic leg despite many adjustments made by his doctors. While searching for robotics used in the medical field for this blog I stumbled upon this new leg that was designed by scientist Charlie Neumann. http://www.studio360.org/2011/nov/04/becoming-the-bionic-man/

Hugh Herr, a leading Bionics Developer at MIT, and a double amputee following a mountain-climbing accident. Herr designed a leg for himself to be better than his previous biological ones. Herr wanted his legs to be more powerful so that he could climb better and faster. Hugh Herr say’s “People with ‘normal’ minds and bodies, I predict, will volunteer to use these technologies to go beyond what nature intended,” Herr thinks. “Maybe we shouldn’t be cell- and tissue-centric. Maybe we shouldn’t view our biological hand as the end-all.

 

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http://www.studio360.org/2011/nov/04/becoming-the-bionic-man/

http://iwalk.com/HowitWorks.html

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/09/surgical-robots/

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304703104575173952145907526.html

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Meme Generator
Will our military ever look like a scene from the movie Transformers? How powerful would these Robots be if they were used?

The Use of Robots in the military for security purposes is proving to be a more safer way to look in buildings and houses for insurgents. These security robots can withstand a lot of abuse and save lives in the meantime. Troops on foot patrol are particularly vulnerable to hidden bombs, which are the leading cause of casualties among U.S. troops. Afghanistan’s primitive roads and mountainous terrain require Marines and soldiers to spend a lot of time walking. There are also smaller robots that have metal detectors and ground penetrating sonar to check roads for buried land mines.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/story/2011-10-16/military-sends-robots-to-afghanistan-to-protect-troops/50796644/1

 

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This video is a great example of how the military uses Robots to locate IED’s in the field. Very cool video!

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http://www.robotshop.com/defense-security-surveillance.html

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5278609/ns/technology_and_science/t/air-force-testing-robots-security-guards/#.TsltHmNFu30

 

 

As you can see, there are many ways robots can be used to help humans perform tasks more efficiently and safely. My blog only shows three areas that use robots. There are many people that think that robots will take away jobs as they have already proven to be more accurate than humans, but I disagree with this thinking, with out robots in the workplace to perform tasks faster and more accurate, companies wouldn’t be able to keep up with the demand of the customers.

 

 
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Security

Posted by Angela Hughes on Nov 8, 2011 in CSIT 1110

So we are still moving along and so far I have learned more in this class than any other class that I have taken.  So, this week we learned about security and hacking for good/bad and how easy it is to breach security.  One thing that I learned that stood out was that Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniac started out being hackers building blue box’s, probably because of Steve Jobs recent death and that I own an Iphone or maybe that I am really contemplating on buying the “Steve Jobs” book AND just maybe that I am kind of worried whats going to happen with Apple.  Anyway. back to the security issues that we face today, I am constantly concerned about security on my own computer.  I have no idea besides having virus software and a strong firewall setting, how to protect my investment.  The word “Hacking” scares me to death. I do not understand why anyone would want to destroy other peoples computers for fun or to steal information or worse money.  But those who chose to hack for a good cause gets my full respect.  Hacking to find loop-hole  for the purpose to better a systems security software is OK.  I know that I will learn in detail on ways to protect my computer as I journey through school in the IT field, but I would have liked to have went further into this subject for the purpose of learning better ways to keep the Viruses OUT!

Speaking of Iphone, Its a computer, I can do anything on my phone as I can do with my personal computer. No one has ever mentioned anything about viruses on phones, I saw on the news during the summer where viruses were crashing peoples cell phones in Europe and I often wondered why I have not heard of such a thing happening here in the U.S. or maybe it has happened but I haven’t known about it.  I recently received a very weird text from an unknown number which just struck me suspicious, so I decided to a little research on phone viruses particularly on Iphones.  I found out that just recently a virus was sent via text message to Iphones that attack the OS as well as send the text to everyone in that phones contact list as well as emails.  To fix the phone one has to shut phone down, plug up and wipe out the phone and start over.  and the only way to protect an Iphone is to put it in “Airplane mode” which turns all the applications off including text.  Well, that’s all for today, hope my little Iphone section is useful for those who own Iphones.  Have a Great Day!

 
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week 8 Create Scratch/Randy Pausch

Posted by Angela Hughes on Oct 29, 2011 in CSIT 1110

Red VS Blue Stick FightingI have actually known about Randy Pausch ever since I saw him on Oprah promoting his book “The Last Lecture”.  I also own the audio version of this book at which I have listened to several times and have tried to live a life without “sweating the small stuff” as he has mentioned throughout his book. Randy Pausch wanted people to not give up on themselves but to encourage those to do whatever it takes to live out their childhood dreams no matter how silly or difficult they may be.  He is actually a pretty funny guy and stayed that way throughout his battle with pancreatic cancer.  I knew that he was a professor but didn’t realize (or maybe I didn’t care) until now that he was an IT professor.

When I first downloaded the Scratch program I almost freaked out.  I could not understand for the life of me how to get the program to work properly, but after reading the help section of the program and looking up some YouTube’s, I finally got the hang of working out the program.  I first made a simple Ping Pong game following a detailed instruction.  This helped me to understand how the programming language worked.  I watched a lot of You Tubes on games that others have made and finely got excited, but I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to make.  I didn’t want to make the ping pong game cause one; I didn’t actually come up with it myself and two; that would be cheating.  So, I saw a YouTube that was about stick people and figured that I could start with that idea.  I wanted to make a game using stick people.  One sport I love is MMA (mixed Martial Arts), so I set out to make a MMA game.

If there is one thing that I should have learned by now is to save projects as I am working on them.  I spent hours and hours working on my MMA game for this assignment.  I carelessly left my project open on my computer knowing that I would come back to it without saving (stupid).  I drew my stick people frame by frame so that it would make them look more realistic when they walk, and I accidently clicked the “X” button and LOST EVERYTHING!!!!!! It was midnight and I think I said EVERY word that isn’t supposed to be said. So, guess what? I had to start over and wasn’t the happiest person in the world.  Needless to say, I learned my lesson and save my project every few minutes.

here are some animation video’s I found (some may not be made in scratch)

Red VS Blue Stick Fighting

Scratch fighting game

Mario brothers (in Scratch)

Really cool game (Scratch)

 

 

 
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Database week 7

Posted by Angela Hughes on Oct 17, 2011 in Thoughts

Well, My views of creating a web page has changed. I had no clue that I even had the means to build a page with out software loaded onto my computer which is exciting to me.  I have seriously over estimated what it takes to actually build a site and a part of me is a bit mad that I hadn’t tried earlier to build my own website instead of spending the last few months looking for someone to build one for me. I am the type of person that would rather do things on my own then hire someone to do it for me, so this was the perfect lesson.  During this experience of building, I found many websites with tips on how to code things such as banners, fonts, layouts, music, and video.  One thing that I am disappointed that I couldn’t get to work was a music player.  I tried desperately to add music to my page but just couldn’t get the player to work properly.  I just couldn’t find music with URL’s and couldn’t upload music from my own computer to these generators either.  Another issue was uploading my page to the server, but after the revised instructions It was a breeze.  The only issue I had was remembering to change my file back to notepad instead of a browser.  I know, now that i look back, its almost common sense.

Here is a link to my page for class:  http://pstcc11.pstcc.edu/~C1110C12

 
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HTML

Posted by Angela Hughes on Oct 10, 2011 in CSIT 1110

I must say, when I first saw that we would be learning HTML I was intimidated.  Once I figured out how to open the notepad into a browser (which took a little bit for me to figure out) I got really excited. When I saw what HTML coding was, I caught on pretty quick due to having a Myspace site back in the day. building a Myspace page is exactly the same as a webpage except your using their layouts.  I have been looking into building a website for the last few months after my friend and I started a small embroidery business but didn’t want to pay someone to do it.  I have been told that is was very simple, but honestly didn’t know where to start. Using the websites  given to us were most helpful.

Some problems that I have been experiencing is using the layouts that the suggested websites had available.  first of all I couldn’t figure out how to change the alignment, and when I would enter the code for my links, it seamed to stretch the margins way off and although the links worked, they were different colors and I couldn’t handle different colored links because I wanted my colors, and fonts to be consistent throughout the page.

Another problem that I am experiencing is that I  x’d out my notepad window and could not get it back.  even though I saved the file to my desktop.  When I would click on the desktop link it would open the webpage and not the notepad.  I tried changing how the file opened (back to notepad) and just couldn’t figure it out.  So, I had to start over with a new page.  SO NOT COOL!

For my background I did not want to use a solid color, so I decided to find a background used for social websites such as Myspace and Twitter and delete out the layout codes and keep the background which proved a little tedious work. I also added some graphics like a digital clock, music player, and a photo album.  I hope that adding these flash products doesn’t deduct off my grade because technically I still had to hand code some of the pre-codes into notepad (really difficult if you don’t have patience)

You can take a look at my page here—> http://pstcc11.pstcc.edu/~c1110c12/

Links:

 
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Assembly Language

Posted by Angela Hughes on Sep 26, 2011 in CSIT 1110

I completely understand the concept of Assembly language and how it all works, but for the life of me I could not get the hang of the simulator.  Its probably the most simplest simulator of them all, but I just couldn’t do it and I feel a little stupid for it.

assembly language is a low level programming language for computers, and other programmable devices. It implements a symbolic representation of the machine code and other constants needed to program a given CPU architecture. assembly language is basically tells the computer steps to take or  instructions to do what is desired by the user.

 
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Building “MY OWN” computer (week 3)

Posted by Angela Hughes on Sep 14, 2011 in CSIT 1110
Well, Its time for me to build my own “pretend” computer. I am really excited because I have always wanted to build a computer of my own and never had the courage nor the know-how.  Thanks to the build video’s this week, I believe I could build a computer in real life. I have spent years building electronic PCB’s for a major auto supplier here in maryville, so assembling these PCB’s is honestly the same as building the electronics that are in most all of the cars that we drive today.  In fact the mother boards for computers look exactly like what goes into today’s ECU’s (engine control Units or the brain of the vehicle).  I really hope that I get this right so here goes nothing…

Parts needed:

  1. Computer case
  2. Mother board
  3. Optical drive (CD/DVD drive)
  4. CPU and Heat Sink and Cooler (can buy as a kit)
  5. RAM
  6. Hard drive
  7. power supply
  8. Video Card
  9. screws
  10. screw driver

 

**TIP**

_Its better to work on a clean flat surface free from any debris that could make its way between the legs of a QFP on the mother board.  This could potentially short out the QFP causing the mother board not to function.

_Its also Ideal to prevent static electricity discharge (ESD) by grounding yourself with wrist straps or foot straps grounded to a metal table that has been grounded as well.

ESD wrist strap (with ground wire)

Foot ESD strap (no ground wires needed)

 

Step #1 Choose a Computer Case…

For this computer I have chosen to buy a not so expensive computer case so that I can spend more on the Harware parts needed.  I chose a Logisys 11-Bay ATX Mid Tower Window Computer Case w/480W 20+4-pin PSU & Blue LED (Black). Oh, and I thought it was pretty!

Computer Case

 

The reason I picked this Case because it had a sleek design as well as enough room for a CD-ROM/DVD drive, floppy disk, and USB ports.  I also liked the blue LED lights and the side view glass. Oh and the price of course.  I did not want to spend a lot on the case but I wanted a case that was well ventilated.

$34.99

Step #2

I decided on using the ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

ASUS P8Z68-V

 

The reason that I picked this Mother board was because If I were to build a computer, I would want to build one that was up to date with the latest technology for streaming Video’s and Music.  I also like that this board has blue tooth for tethering capabilities with my IPhone.  Also with blue tooth you can run multiple devices like a mouse, keyboard, and printers.  These series of boards have QLED’s that will visually alert a user when something on the mother board isn’t working properly.  From doing research comparing other boards, this series offers quicker response time with the capability to lower voltage by a flip of a switch on the board called an EPU switch.  Switching the EPU switch will not slow the computer but will lower the temperature of the unit. $199.99

STEP #3 installing the CPU/Cooling

***Install CPU into the motherboard (only fits one way) look at the corners of the CPU, the corner that has a flat edge will meet perfectly in the CPU socket that also has a flat edge (this is polarity).

I chose a Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600 because of what the website said. honestly, I had no clue on how to pick out the processor.  Also, the heat sink and cooler were included with this product, and that’s all i needed to see.


CPU/Cooler combo$299.99

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here is the link to order this CPU package http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115071

 

Step #4 Memory Card Install (RAM)

Insert the 4 RAM cards in the slots indicated by the manufacturer, each card has 4GB of memory which in total you will have 16GB of memory.  Also, install the Back plate Connectors for all the external ports.

**I chose CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B, cards because I wanted as much memory as possible for downloading pictures, music, movies as well as designs that I plan to make with Corell draw for an embroidery biz that I havnt started yet.  Anyway 16GB should be enough memory I suppose.  Also the details section of this products states that these cards are compatible with current mother boards and CPU’s.

$104.99

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB

Step #5 Install mother board in computer case

***TIP*** ALWAYS HOLD PCB BOARD BY THE EDGES OR BY THE LARGEST CONNECTOR.  pcb boards are tough, but there are lots of small parts on the underside as well as the top side that can be easily damaged by the slightest bump.  Also, the QFP’s legs are fragile and just dropping a screw driver can damage easily as well.  **Be Careful**

Step #6 Install the hard drive

I chose a Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive I know that I wont use all the space but this hard drive is a 2T (terabyte) I just thought I would go along with the theme of a fast computer with lots and lots of room to save anything I want. The company also states that they use recycled material to produce their product.

Seagate Barracuda

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148681 $79.99

 

 

Step #7 Installation of the optical Drive (ROM)

Slide the drive into a slot on the computer case from the outside.  Install screws to hold the drive in place.

I chose a LITE-ON Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu-ray 3D feature IHBS112-29 (Including CyberLink BD Solution) – OEM

I wanted a to find the best drive on the market with the latest technology for my build.  I was drawn to this optical drive due to the fact that it was a Blue-Ray player/burner as well as 3D technology for when I buy a 3D HDTV probably in the month of never, but you never know.

 

LITE-ON

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106346 $99.99

AND a Floppy drive $8.99

Ok, OK!…don’t laugh!!! But I need a floppy drive because in the future I will be buying a professional embroidery machine and unfortunately most of them still read Floppy disks.  So this is why I chose to install a floppy drive geez! lol.


Floppy drive


 

Step #8 Plug in the opticle drive, floppy and the hard drive into the mother board

** watch for polarity so that you do not damage the connectors

Step#9 install Power Supply

I chose a CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply. Honestly, I picked the power supply that had the most voltage as well as customer favorite from the website.  Because I have NOOO idea

CORSAIR Professional Series HX750

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010 $149.99

Step#10

plug wires into the power supply and mother board

step#ll install video Card

HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

OK, so I picked this video card not for the gaming quality, but for the video quality.  HIS claims that this video card produces 3x picture quality.  I also decided on this product because It had HD technology. And it will work well with my Blue-Ray ROM player for entertainment. note: if you are a gamer this product is perfect **watch Video**


HIS IceQ X Turbo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161372 $269.99

 

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Step #11 make sure all cables are plugged into the correct slots and install FANS

Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid Cooling System

I chose this cooling system because I would be using this computer for streaming video’s so i expect this system will get too hot if not cooled properly so i chose to cool the system using liquid cooling.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835209049 $61.17

 


liquid cooled fan

 

Keyboard/mouse

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823114012 $109.99

this keyboard has back-lit keys for a dark room and has media keys built in.

 

keyboard

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Add a Monitor

1080p HD monitor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052 $179.99

NEXT

Install windows!!!!

YOUR DONE!

TOTAL COST= $1600.06

*** OK, I WENT A LITTLE OVERBOARD***


 

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