Build-Your-Own PC-School of Architecture - Carnegie Mellon University

Build-Your-Own PC

The School of Architecture is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for Architecture students. In February of 2010 we held a one day workshop for students interested in building their own high-performance desktop PC. We plan to offer the workshop again this term if any student is interested. The idea for the workshop comes from conversations in the Student Advisory Council (SAC).

Core specs for the PC are as follows (subject to change based on cost and part availability):
CPU: Intel Core I7 3.4Ghz Quad Core
RAM: 8GB DDR3
GPU: Nvidia GTX 560 (Fermi)
HD: 1TB Hard Drive
Optical: DVD +/- RW

The School of Architecture will purchase parts and lead students through building their PC. Students will be responsible for the cost of the parts and any software (including a Windows license) they wish to put on the machine. Students will have to provide their own monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Payment in full will be required approximately two weeks before the workshop. Checks are the only form of payment that will be  accepted. We are unable to charge student accounts. There will be no refunds once payment is made unless the School of Architecture has to cancel the workshop.

Please send a message to soarch-help@andrew.cmu.edu indicating your interest in participating. That will help us choose a date for the workshop but does not obligate you in any way. A follow-up message to those interested will include details on the workshop, including exact costs and deadline for payment.

As of June 2, 2011 the total cost was in the $1000 range. Prices are subject to change but are not expected to change more than 10%, + or -.

Please note:  The School of Architecture accepts no liability or responsibility for support after the workshop.

Please note:  The School of Architecture is recommending the use of Windows 7 64-bit OS on any build-your-own pc machine.