Building Your Own PC – Stage 1 – Hardware Selection.

computer_motherboardWhen you build a computer from scratch you have the ability to choose exactly the type of configuration you want and tailor it exactly to your own needs. Unfortunately, there are lots of things you need to take into account, such as component compatibility, which can make the whole process very confusing to say the least. But we are here to help. In this article we are going to show you the importance of choosing the correct hardware. We will show you exactly what you need to look for when choosing hardware for your next computer.

If you decide to build your first computer from scratch, then you surely need to know the exact budget you have in mind but also the intended use of your computer. Will it be a multimedia PC – music and movies, design applications such as Photoshop, InDesign, or Architectural drawing with a design application such as AutoCAD? Therefore, there are different computer types, each one giving you different advantages based on what you are using them for. You start with low performance computers that are great for web browsing, office use, e-mail checking or video watching. These machines are usually very cheap and don’t include powerful components, just enough to help you run the most basic applications.

Middle range computers are those that provide you with a little more processing power, which means that they will allow you to play some games but they can also run multiple applications at a time as well. Those that need a lot of processing power should go for the high performance computers. These can be used for a lot of things that are memory and processor intensive, such as conversion, editing, and intense video gaming or just about anything else. Such computers can be quite pricey, but it’s easy to understand why.

Before choosing the type of computer you need, you should try and learn about each component you should include in your own device. There are lots of components out there, some of them external, but only a few are really needed for your computer to function properly.

Before you start buying components, you need a place to store them safely, and that is the case. Its size depends a lot on how large the motherboard is, so you do need to buy it after you decide on the type of motherboard you want. A case also needs to have great looks, but also if intended for use at home, it may need to be quiet and small, especially for people that don’t have lots of space in their home. If a gaming computer, it may need additional room for water cooling and extra storage capacity.

The motherboard:
This is basically the place where all computers are tied to one another, but also the central area that provides you connectivity options such as bluetooth, USB ports, WI-FI and many others. The size of the motherboard basically determines how large your computer will be, but also how many expansion cards, hard drives memory you can add to your computer. It’s needless to say that the type of motherboard is crucial when you create a custom PC, so you need to choose it carefully. Motherboards can only support one CPU manufacturer, Intel versus AMD.

The processor:
This is widely regarded as the brain of the computer, as it carries all the processing related tasks that you perform in applications or games. When choosing a processor you need to know that faster is better, and the more cores it has, the better. If you don’t need a lot of processing power, you can go for a slower processor which will cost a lot less, but if you create a computer built specifically for gaming, then you do need to get the best processor you can. Again, CPUs are only manufactured from Intel and AMD. The motherboard you choose determines which CPU can be used, and vice versa. We’ll provice a comparison and bench mark roundup site in a later article.

Random Access Memory (RAM):
This is the place where your computer stores its short memory that needs to be accessed faster. The more RAM you have installed on your computer, the faster it will go and the more applications or games you can run at a single time. This is also true in the case of virtual machines, as they also need a lot of RAM in order to function properly. Most motherboards come with support for large amounts of RAM, and you can easily add more in the future via expansion slots. Take a look at the bus speed. Try to get the fastest memory you can afford, but make sure the motherboard can handle the speed.

Graphics card:
Also known as a graphic processing unit, this one is more like a processor that was specifically created for handling everything related to graphics. Some motherboards come with integrated graphics solutions, which might be more than enough for standard computer usage, but gamers and people that use computers for something other than the office suite want dedicated graphics cards. Depending on the amount of RAM and processing power they can provide, these boards can become the most expensive component in a computer. Common chipset manufacturers are NVidia and AMD and Intel to a lesser extent.

Power Supply:
A computer won’t work without being connected to electricity. The power supply is the component which gives enough power to the motherboard and all the other cards you have installed, so it’s crucial that you get one which gives you as much power as possible, especially if you have power hungry components such as a dedicated graphics card or powerful processor. It’s also important to get a good quality power supply, one which will regulate the voltage as much as possible to your individual computer components. This regulation will prevent surges in current, which actually damage electronic components such as chips and capacitors.

Hard drive/SSD:
A good computer is nothing without a place where you can store all your data, including the operating system. There are multiple types of storage options, from a normal hard drive to a more powerful flash storage option known as SSD. There are advantages and disadvantages on both sides, but you always need to remember that the more you have the better. Choose an SSD for storing important data such as the operating system and your sensitive files, then add the other files to your HDD.

These are the main components that you need to integrate in your computer. Yes, you might also want to add additional components as well, such as a card reader, optical drive, WI-FI board and many others, but it mainly depends on what you are using the computer for. It’s important to customize your computer right from the start, as you can easily decide the purpose of your device and add the necessary items according to that.

Our store offers a combination of computer parts and software that is up to date. We also have system builder kits that are certified as compatible and all you need to do is assemble like a project kit. We consistently try to bring you the best computer parts Ireland has, so if you want to create a decent home office PC, a multimedia computer for viewing online video streaming services or a powerful gaming computer for intensive graphics and faster CPU processing. Follow the rest of our guides to help you choose wisely.

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