[Build log] Consolidated Middle School builds.

This thread is to consolidate all the Middle School build logs and benchmarks in one thread for future reference.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2328703/build-log-mini-itx-middle-school.html

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.58 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M-ITX/AC Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($82.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($81.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.49 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Superclocked Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone ML07B HTPC Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Gold 450W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular SFX Power Supply ($90.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) ($104.98 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Corsair SP120 57.2 CFM 120mm Fan ($12.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair SP120 57.2 CFM 120mm Fan ($12.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $933.96
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-12 20:09 EST-0500

System Benchmarks

Unigine Heaven Low 3629
Unigine Heaven Ultra 1467
Unigine Valley Low 3454
Unigine Valley Ultra 1880

PC Mark 7 6566
PC Mark 8C 3818
PC Mark 8A 4517

3DMark11 6150
Fire Strike 4308
Sky Diver 13495
Cloud Gate 15052
Ice Storm 121572

Realbench GIMP 102924
Realbench Handbrake 67170
Realbench Ray trace 40974
Realbench Multi-task 57088
Realbench combined 58844

Euler 3d
20:1 1.891
20:2 3.227
20:3 4.264
20:4 4.773
20:5 4.447
20:6 4.682
20:7 4.995
20:8 5.242



http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2516487/build-log-mini-itx-middle-school-student-build.html

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M-ITX/AC Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($82.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Core V1 Mini ITX Tower Case ($50.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX Power Supply ($26.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.75 @ OutletPC)
Total: $703.62
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-31 16:23 EST-0500.



http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2625435/build-log-mini-itx-middle-school-student-build.html

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($193.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M-ITX/AC Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($92.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($120.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card ($362.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Core V1 Mini ITX Tower Case ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80+ Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($119.98 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Combo MK270 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($25.48 @ Newegg)
Total: $1131.33
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-04-27 17:54 EDT-0400



http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2626627/build-log-middle-school-science-fair-project-system.html

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($70.98 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: RAIJINTEK PALLAS 56.5 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($116.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX200 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($211.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($79.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX XTR 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($102.98 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 37.9 CFM 120mm Fans ($27.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $799.86
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-04-28 16:47 EDT-0400



http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2823457/build-log-asrock-middle-school-build.html#16757353

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($181.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($172.49 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 OEM (64-bit) ($86.75 @ OutletPC)
Other: ASRock M8 Barebones (Purchased)
Total: $486.22
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-09 18:52 EDT-0400

System Benchmarks

Unigine Heaven Low 5973
Unigine Heaven Ultra 2482
Unigine Valley Low 5948
Unigine Valley Ultra 4066

PC Mark 7 6731
PC Mark 8C 4077
PC Mark 8A 4959
3DMark11 13011
Fire Strike 10011
Sky Diver 26393
Cloud Gate 26877
Ice Storm 172340

Realbench GIMP 119850
Realbench Handbrake 91584
Realbench Ray trace 77065
Realbench Multi-task 85460
Realbench combined 78076

Euler 3d
20:1 2.209
20:2 3.680
20:3 4.936
20:4 5.049
20:5 5.049
20:6 5.468
20:7 5.543
20:8 6.256





The barebones includes:

M8 case - cool design with BMW input.
Z87 mITX Motherboard
ac WiFi
Slim ODD
450W SFX PSU (FSP)


http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2852736/build-log-middle-school-jg01-mitx-budget-haswell-gaming.html

Another student wants a Xmas build and to have it completed by the Hour of Coding on December 8. Skylake was eliminated because of the 'hard' $1500 budget and the 'need' to have an ultra wide monitor, and even then I have to go Refurbish.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M-ITX/AC Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($78.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($86.95 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card ($309.99 @ Micro Center)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($52.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.75 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM (64-bit) ($87.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $926.49
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-07 08:54 EST-0500


For comparison

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($254.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H170M-ITX/DL Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard ($92.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Extreme Performance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($86.95 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card ($309.99 @ Micro Center)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($52.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.75 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM (64-bit) ($87.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1020.49
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

System Benchmarks

Unigine Heaven Low 6089
Unigine Heaven Ultra 2860
Unigine Valley Low 5166
Unigine Valley Ultra 4476

PC Mark 7 7527
PC Mark 8C 3095
PC Mark 8A 3365
3DMark11 11298
Fire Strike 8908
Sky Diver 21029
Cloud Gate 18344
Ice Storm 154097

Realbench GIMP 100107
Realbench Handbrake 67476
Realbench Ray trace 70503
Realbench Multi-task 59585
Realbench combined 59874

Euler 3d
20:1 1.811
20:2 3.079
20:3 4.014
20:4 4.755
20:5 4.276
20:6 4.513
20:7 4.732
20:8 4.781



Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-07 09:01 EST-0500


A 4th grader is being given money for Christmas to build their own Uber computer. Here is its.

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2918921/build-log-elementary-school-4th-grade-uber-gaming-system.html

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($223.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($41.90 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($91.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($51.88 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($81.49 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($45.88 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB SSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card ($317.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Thermaltake Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($58.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($43.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($89.88 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1047.97
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-30 16:25 EST-0500

We start construction in the new year.



More to follow.

Please don't take away my TOMS license. A 7th grader is staring on this build with money and some parts form Grandparental unit. We talked about possibilities over a year ago and they wen away. They came back this week with box of parts.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.88 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M-ITX/AC Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($45.88 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Superclocked Video Card ($112.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($33.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 430W ATX Power Supply ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM (64-bit) ($85.89 @ OutletPC)
Total: $499.60
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-28 10:16 EST-0500

The PSU was bought by the Grandparent and HAS to be used in the final system. Luckily Minecraft and Terraria are the main titles to run on this. Photos when cleared.

This build has no log and no photos because the owner did not give permission. It is completed and runs like a champ, (as it ought to) FUTUREPROOF on a stick.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-5930K 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($554.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i GTX 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($101.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH X99 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($308.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 4 series 32GB (8 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 950 PRO 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($181.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Mushkin Reactor 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB HYBRID Video Card ($689.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA 1050W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($48.88 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($87.95 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus MG279Q 144Hz 27.0" Monitor ($552.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $3217.53
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-12 18:36 EST-0500
 
For followers of this Here's the list

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($177.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI Z97I Gaming AC Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 850 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Best Buy)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($188.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX Mini ITX Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $931.91
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-05-17 13:54 EDT-0400

I don't like the build, but I might need to know what it is for.
CPU: Great
Motherboard: How much or do you already have it? I prefer ASRock H97 and know it well.
RAM: 16Gb is more than gaming needs and unless you plan to use XMP to downclock and alter the secondary timings down to CL7 or so, I would use something else cheaper.
SSD: Good choice, but not at that price, you can get it a lot cheaper.
GPU: Good choice at that price, but you can do better with tuning.
Case: Your case, your choice, I'd use something cheaper, either the Thermaltake Core V1 or the Cooler Master N200.
PSU: I'd want something higher performance and cheaper.

So

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($177.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI Z97I Gaming AC Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Best Buy)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX Video Card ($319.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Thermaltake Core V1 Mini ITX Tower Case ($34.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $932.92
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-05-17 14:04 EDT-0400
 
The ASRock board works well, has all the features you need for the i5 4460 and costs $40 less. You do not need a Z97board.

In this review of Z97 boards http://www.anandtech.com/show/8276/z97-miniitx-review-at-140-asrock-z97e-itx-msi-z97i-ac-and-gigabyte-z97n-wifi/9 MSI was very similar to the other but came last due to its reduced feature set. The ASRock Z97E ITX/ac costs $10 less than the MSI, had six power phases, as opposed to the MSI's three doubled.

What are your reasons for selecting it? It is a decent product, but I think my suggestions are better.
 
One of the kids who was graduating from 6th to 7th grade. Good grades = good computer.

Funny story. After getting it home and playing a few games it was decided to be too slow, so they upgraded to a GTX 980. A free, slightly used, GTX 970 turned up on my desk as a thank-you present fp0r all the help I'd given over the years. :) :)
 

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LOL reminds me of how I picked up a lenovo y50 16gig ram used perfect condition for $560. The guy was not imprssed with the performance of it so he wanted to sell (this is craigslist) So he set it for $600 I got it for $560 (extremely good price ebay sells for around $700ish). He was impressed with my knowledge and asked me to help him pick out a new gaming laptop. I gave him options and choices, but he just went off and bought an alienware with a GTX 860 (same as lenovo y50) and says it works awesome. Might just be cause he didn't clean the crap-ware and spyware (superfish) before using it. Either way we are both happy, though at times I feel like I knew its value and felt like I was stealing at that price.
 
Thanks. Yes, the students love it. I'm really interested to see how the ASRock M8 build turns out. The person that won it want to turn it into a beast of a machine and that will require a lot of work and some mods.
 
No. The builds were all reviewed first to make sure, no junk PSUs and no out of balance parts, but they had choices for cases and GPUs. I let them mess with PCPartPicker and since all of them had limited budgets, they soon decided what the 'right' answers were.

Guided, but not dictated. I give them a year of support too, in case problems arise and mat throw a few dollars in myself if I want to try out a specific part.
 

turkey3_scratch

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You should buy some cheap $10 junk PSU and demonstrate it blowing, like a Great Wall PSU. Then again safety hazard. :no:
 

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