Ok i have been AWOL from the forums for a couple weeks due to black friday and the surrounding fire sales/great used deals. And I have a ton of new stuff from mouses to mobos to play with and 4 builds I need to get underway but first I needed to address my work area as I had been working in a sort of adhoc space mad up of a wooden desk and some plastic folding tables which had a bad habit of conducting static
. So I needed something new and cheap. Specs would be as follows
8ft x 3ft and a counter height of aprox. 38 inches
For materials I opted for a 4x8 piece of white melamine particle board and had them cut 12 inches off the top at Home Depot to be used for a backing. Cost $35
For the frame and legs plain old 2x4's at $2.50 a whack Bought 14 of 'em so another $35 ( I had to go through about 70 to find good ones that weren't bent or twisted)
Screws were 2.5in square drive wood screws that I had left over from a previous project
Here is the space the bench will be occupying
Please dont comment on the carpet it came with the house when I bought it this summer and I am not replacing it till I get another puppy and house train him
Next up is building the legs which were made by clamping 2 2x4's together and the screwing them together and cutting to length
Also a huge thanks to my brother in law Tanner for helping me with this project!
The end result
Next up is joining the legs
Nothing is more important than square when it comes to this stuff!
A great way to check for consistency between legs
Next was getting all of this stuff into the basement and throwing it together
Then it was just installing the top and a shelf put at a height with storing cases underneath in mind
After all of that with just store bought lumber the whole thing is just under a 1/8 of an inch out of square I couldn't be happier for $70 and a days worth of work!
(Also sorry for some of the out of focus pictures these were taken with my Evo 3D, a proper SLR is on my to get list though)
Ok now onto the builds
Build 1 is for a buddy and it was kind of a challenge for me, I wanted to see if we could build a 2500k gaming rig for under $500 and it turns out you can!
2500k i5 SB Proc
Gigabyte Z68MA-D2H-B3 Micro ATX Mobo
Asus 1gb 5830 Video Card
OCZ 700 watt PSU
Samsung 7200rpm 1tb HDD
Corsair H50 Self Contained Liquid Cooler
Antec P180 Steel case
8GB OCZ 1333 Ram (2x4gb)
Asus Wifi Card
Obviously alot of this stuff is used (and he is using Ubuntu for his OS) but man I am still super happy with the specs of this system for the money its just awesome.
Build 2 is for a client who wanted a great office PC to run deal monitors and multitask alot but he wanted something custom and quality.
ASUS M4A89GTD Pro USB 3 Mobo
OCZ Fatality 550w PSU
MSI 2gb N430gt Video Card
1.5tb Seagate HDD
8Gb Patriot 1333 Ram (2x4gb)
Lian Li PC-7fn all aluminum case
2x23 inch 1080 p monitors
Win 7 and Microsoft Office ect...
3rd build will be a new graphics design computer for the family buisness
AMD 1090 Thuban Black
8Gb Gskill 1600 Ram (2x4gb)
Antec White P180 mini case
Seasonic X750w PSU
Video Card is still undecided, Suggestions?
2x250gb 7200rpm HDD's (one as a clone)
Dual monitors (once again undecided on which models)
Then the last build....My build
Since I got a offer for my last build that I couldnt refuse I have been running on my laptop for the last 3 weeks and it isn't cutting it so I have been collecting parts and I wont post the full specs yet as they are not concrete but here as some highlights
2700K (should be int he mail monday)
My Ninja Lane Asus z68 Deluxe Mobo
16 GB of Gskill 1866 (4x4gb)
Corsair 1000HX PSU
Water Cooling (this is part of whats holding me up)
Video Cards unknown (waiting till the beginning of the new year)
Case, well heres a hint