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What Should You Know Before Assembling a Computer

Now if you want to assemble a desktop and you should follow some instructions so that you can avoid making mistakes. Here we talk about some essential components before getting into the assembling process.

The Storage Device

Now there are different types of storage devices: the hard disk and the solid-state drive. The hard disk is cheaper than the solid-state, but the power-up speed for an operating system is much slower than the solid-state drive.

common hard disk

The solid-state drive is a new product for storing data, it uses a flash storage so that it will be much quicker than common hard disk when powering up a system.

solid state drive

Our recommended advice is that if you have enough money, you can buy the solid-state drive because it will offer the best performance. If you have no enough money, you can buy the hard disk, or make a combination like solid-state for the operating system while hard disk for other documents.

Central Processing Unit

This can be abbreviated as CPU, the heart of a computer, there are two main manufacturers: AMD and Intel. It is up to you to make the choice, but I recommend you buy the Intel for it has stable quality. When shopping for processors you will see something called L3 cache which is used to store data that the processor needs to access at a moment notice. The more cache a processor has will only benefit you. Lower-end CPUs usually have 4MB, while mid-tier and higher-end models have anywhere from 6MB to 15MB of L3 cache. A processor with 6MB or 8MB of cache should be more than sufficient for today's games. To future-proof my desktop, I usually buy the newest CPU model, or close to it.

central processing unit

The Motherboard

When choosing the motherboard, you should pay attention to see whether it is compatible with other components because all the other components connect to the board and the board pumps command to another part of the system. As a result, when purchasing your new motherboard you have to ensure that it supports your processor brand and that it is also compatible with your specific processor model.

the motherboard

The most popular sizes for a motherboard are Mini ITX, Micro ATX, ATX, and Extended ATX. Each size offers different features, for example, a larger Extended ATX motherboard will have more sockets and ports than a smaller Mini-ITX motherboard. Some of the top motherboard brands include ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte, ASRock, and EVGA.

Graphic Processing Unit

As the second most expensive item on the list will likely be the graphics processing unit, or GPU for short. The graphics card slides into one of the PCI, or Peripheral Component Interconnect, slots on your computer's motherboard. When shopping for a GPU there are three options to choose from: NVIDIA, AMD, or integrated.

graphic processing unit

If you use a processor, it doesn't mean you have to use the same brand of graphics card. The only requirement is that your motherboard has the proper socket for your card.

Random-Access Memory

RAM, or random-access memory, is quickly accessed by your computer to perform tasks while a specific program is running. RAM cards plug directly into the memory slot on the motherboard and are available in three different speeds: 1,330MHz, 1,600MHz, and 2,400MHz. So before buying your RAM, check how many slots your motherboard is equipped with and what speeds it supports.


Power Supply

The power supply transforms the electricity from your wall socket to give life to your system and all the components inside of it. Companies that offer custom computers like to skimp on the power supply in an effort to lower costs, however, this is not advised. A power supply that is underpowered could short your system and cause irreversible damage to those expensive components you just bought. So the recommendation is to buy a proper power supply that fits your system.

power supply

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