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After reading the first blog, we hope that you have a better understanding of what goes into a computer. The second step is to actually choose and buy the components you want to use in your PC. In this second lesson, we’ll show you how to pick out your parts, effectively.
Important considerations for components
It would be very handy that you keep up with all the latest hardware news, when buying the products. Along with the extra information on the internet, these summaries should help you find the right parts for your particular build.
Note that components are fast in becoming outdated as time goes on. You should also consider the operating system you want to run, and the programs you’ll be using. Check their recommended system requirements.
The Processor (CPU)
You should still do a little research on picking the best processor and don’t waste money in the end. There are a few things to look when you are shopping for a processor, but let’s start with the basics: clock speed and number of cores.
A processor’s clock speed can check how many handlings one core can carry out in one second. So a higher clock speed means your computer carries your handlings faster, while more cores means it can carry out more sets of handlings at one time. Some programs can use multiple cores at once, making them extremely efficient with multi-core CPUs, but also multitask well.
It is possible to go for cheaper dual-core processors, if you want a low-power machine. For the mid-range builds you can choose between quad-core processors or a dual-core. Finally for the high-powered machines you definitely need to take a quad-core or above. Within those categories, you’ll then want to look at the clock speed to determine how fast that processor is.
For gaming as an example, clock speed is more important than the number of cores, so for the most games you not will use more than one or two cores. And without doing any CPU-intensive tasks, a quad-core is probably the highest you need. If you’re converting and editing videos, the program you use might need the use of multiple cores, in which case a higher number of cores is more important. Check always the system requirements when buying software or downloading some programs if they support multiple cores.
Generally, if you pick a brand and the number of cores, you’ll end up with only a few processors to choose from also when comparing the clock speed and cores. The best way to choose your CPU is to look for benchmarks, to get an idea of how they compare.
Be sure all the features you may need. If you aren’t gaming, make sure your CPU supports integrated graphics , so you won’t need a costly GPU and if you’re going to be using virtual machines, make sure your CPU supports Intel’s VT -x or AMD-V.
Brands to Watch: AMD and Intel are the two CPU heavyweights. Intel’s processors tend to perform better, while AMD’s processors are generally less expensive.
As you search for motherboards, you’ll want to pay attention to some things. These important features are:
These are basically the things you want to look for as far as features go. Generally, the more features you require, the larger size and price will be, so keep that in mind.
Brands to Watch For: ASUS, GIGABYTE, and MSI are probably the biggest names in motherboards. If you try to keep your costs down, then you could go for, BIOSTAR or ASRock.
Your case is about more than the looks. A good case will be easier to build, last you very long, and keep your machine cool and silent. Here’s what you’ll need to look for:
A case is something you can use for multiple builds, so it’s okay to spend a bit more money on it. Also, you don’t need to buy a new case every time you build a PC. Get a quality one and it should last you a very, very long time.
Brands to Watch for: Corsair, NZXT, Antec, and Cooler Master are making one of the best cases on the market. Termaltake, Rosewill, BitFenix, Fractal Design, Silverstone, and Lian Li are also well trusted manufacturers. Keep in mind that it fulfills your demands.
This was part 1 of lesson 2, stay tuned for the second part which will be posted today!