Things you need to know before building your first computer
There are a lot of people wanting to have their own personal computer. There are a lot of people wanting to have their own personal computer. It can greatly improve your productivity and is a great place for entertainment but are confused on the slew of parts with complicated names and brands.
Here’s a quick guide to get you started in the basics and get right path on building your first computer or planning to upgrade your existing one.
First off is the CPU or simply the Processor. This is the brain of your computer it does all the computations and tasks that makes a computer run. Currently Intel is the dominating brand on market right now. Its counterpart AMD is just way behind but is promising to make a comeback with their new Ryzen CPU’s.
The main things you should be looking at when choosing a processor are the
Then the Motherboard, this is where you put all the components in. One important thing to remember on choosing a motherboard is to make sure the socket fits your processor!
Intel’s motherboard won’t work with AMD’s processors and vice versa. But this doesn’t mean that all Intel motherboards will work on all Intel’s processors so don’t forget to check the “sockets”.
When choosing a motherboard you can just go pick the cheapest one and you are good to go. Higher end boards doesn’t mean better performance but instead they offer “features” like built in WiFi, longer lasting components, aesthetics, etc.
The heart and soul of every gaming computer is the Graphics Card or GPU. This is where you should be spending most of your budget. It will dictate how high you can crank the visual settings up and how good your FPS will be or productivity wise, edit and render your music and videos faster.
General rule is to spend twice the amount of money you spend on a processor for a graphics card but don’t let this be always the case.
We only have two graphics card makers battling for your attention, Nvidia which dominated the market ever since and AMD Radeon who’s fighting for the low end market share right now.
The RAM stick is quite often the most overlooked part of a computer build. This is where your computer stores the files it needs when it needs it fast. (For example; while playing GTA 5 rather than loading the next street from your Hard Disk or SSD it preloads them inside your RAM so it will eliminate the need to load it)
There are only two types of RAM you should know about if you’re building a new PC DDR3 RAM and DDR4 RAM. You have to check if your Processor and Motherboard can handle as they are not backwards compatible.
You should always try to have a 4GB RAM minimum that’s the standard usage of applications these days.
There’s not much rule in picking your storage, but there are basically 2 types you can choose from the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and the SSD (Solid State Drive) the difference between the two is that SSD’s are way faster than HDD and will minimize loading times. This does not however improve gaming performance in any way.
General rule in picking Hard Disk’s is always go for 7200RPM ones. This is the standard, picking lesser than this will compromise your experience.
As for SSD’s they are way faster than and Hard Disk if your budget allows it go this route.
PSU (Power Supply Unit) this is the last component to get your computer running. Most of the time people are overkill with their power supplies. Depending on the parts you picked generally you won’t need anything beyond 700 Watts if you’re not overclocking your system. A low-end computer will be computer running on 400 Watts with a descent branded power supply.
Running 80 Plus certified Power Supplies is recommended it means that it certifies the PSU has passed the test and is running more than 80% efficiency.
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