Visible Computer Build Begins
My son and I made significant progress on the “visible computer” project this past weekend. We installed the power-supply, motherboard, processor, memory and most of the drives. The rest of the parts should come this week and then we will finish the physical build of the machine and then move on to the BIOS, OS, etc.
This really has turned out to be a great teaching tool as I had hoped it would. We discussed what every part does and then my son installed it with my help. He will definitely remember it by “doing” it. He had a ball wearing the anti-static wrist band attached to our basement pipes…he looks very official.
So far, I am basically pleased with my part selections. The MSI motherboard seems excellent. The case is well made in general. The clear acrylic is thick and well put together, but the power plugs for the included case-fans are cheaply made and bent, and the front on/off switch and reset buttons seem
VERY cheap and poorly made. The reset button sticks because the hole in the case is too tight. I will remove the button and widen the hole. For the price and the fact that it is the only completely clear case that I could find, I am pleased overall in spite of the case’s shortcomings.