Cpu - function the cpu is located on the mother board and can also be called the central processing unit or the processor. In terms of computing the cpu is the single most important element in a computer. The cpu is like the brain of the computer it processes all the machines information.
Cpu-brands There are two main cpu companies intel and amd Amd cpu,s are cheaper but they have less power Intel costs more but your paying for more power in a cpu
Cpu-GHz The power for a cpu is usually measured in gigahertz most computers operate at about 4 gigahertz Some people push cpu,s to operate at more gigahertz but more on that later
Cpu-cores A core is like a processor inside of another processor cpu,s can have anywhere from 1 to 8 cores The more cores you have the faster your computer For example if you have a computer you will use for video editing you may want to have a 6 or 8 core processor
Cpu- purchasing considerations Cash memory(memory on the cpu) Compatible with mother board Clock speed Number of cores
Cpu-overclocking Over clocking is when you push you r cpu past its limitations This sounds great but it can be dangerous for your computer if you push it too far it could blow up Intel does offer a partial warranty but for the most part overclocking is not condoned by cpu companies
Cpu-Hyper threading Hyper threading is a way for the processor to bring one thing up if you have something else open This feature is not available on all processors but is a major add on of the ones that do have it This can be very helpful if used correctly because it prepares what you will need next
Cpu- my personal choice I would probably pick the intel i7-377OK The reason for this being that this processor has 4 cores,offers hyper threading and has good performance
Motherboard-function the motherboard is the central part of the computer where everything meets and is connected.
Motherboard-ram Ram is short for random access memory it is your computers memory. Ram is located on the motherboard and what you can do is limited to the amount of ram you have.
Motherboard-form factor Form factors are the 4 different motherboard sizes. ATX, BTX, micro ATX and mini itx ATX being the biggest mini itx being the smallest the BTX and the micro atx are somewhere in the middle.
Motherboard-socket types o The socket is the place where the cpu will go in on the motherboard. o There are many types of sockets for motherboards make sure the one you get will be compatible with the cpu you will use. o Some examples of sockets are the lga772 or the am2
Motherboards-drive connections There are 3 drive connections Sata, ide and raid I will talk about each here Sata- the cable used to connect hard optical and floppy drives to the motherboard Ide- used to connect drives to the motherboard before being replaced by the faster, smaller and neater Sata cables. raid- stands for redundant array of inexpensive disks and allows you to either combine smaller drives into 1 big drive or use several drives to mirror or back up data for added security.
Motherboards-expansion slots Expansion slots are used to outfit your computer with capabilities it might not have been designed with such as graphics or sound cards.
Motherboards-rear panel ports There are 5 rear panel ports the Keyboard and mouse ports, the eSATA ports, the Ethernet port, the USB/FireWire port and the Serial/parallel ports Rear panel ports are located on the back of the computer case in the rear panel
Motherboard-my personal choice My personal choice would be the gigabyte GA-Z68M-D2H The reason for this being that it is note very expensive but it has 4 ram slots and 32 gb,s of memory
Ram-function Ram is your computer's memory it could not function properly without it. How fast you can do something depends on how much ram you have.
Ram-purchasing considerations When buying ram you need to remember 5 things Quality- good quality ram will work in your computer for a long time Value –make sure you are getting the best value for the best price Compatibility-will your ram work with your computer
Ram-when is additional needed If your pc is running slow or seems kind of sluggish you should probably consider getting more ram.
Ram-my personal preference My personal choice for random access memory would be the AD2S800B2G5-R. Because it offers plenty of memory and people who used it have said good things about it
Video card-function The video card allows you to see an image on your computer screen.
Video card-purchasing considerations Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for a video card. Graphics processing unit-determines video capabilities Memory and clock speed Length of video card- some video cards take up more space
Video cards-my personal choice I would pick the GTX770-DC2OC-4GD5 I would pick it because people who use it have given it good ratings and it has 4 gb of storage.
Power supply-function The power supply is the most important part of the computer with out it nothing works. The power supply plugs into the motherboard and powers the entire computer.
Power supply-purchasing considerations Things to look for when buying a psu Wattage Which connectors you need High efficiency rating Robustness of psu Number of rails Get a modular psu Compare the amperage of each voltage
Power supply-my personal choice I would pick the antec hcp-1300 platinum It has a good wattage and people who have used it gave it an excellent rating
Case-why do we need it Cases hold the motherboard and all of the hardware needed to make your computer work.
Cases-purchasing considerations When buying a case for your computer there are some things you need to keep in mind. Case size-there are 3 case sizes mid tower(the most common), full tower(the biggest) and mini tower(the smallest) each fits different sized motherboards. Price range- mini towers are less expensive(25 to 80 dollars) but the more expensive full towers full towers can fit more components if need be however if you spend more money on a case it will be of better quality You also have to chose between screws and snap in component areas. Access to components fans built in etc. The last factor is what you want the case to look like.
Case-my personal choice I would go with the Aero cool DS-Cube Blue It is compatible with my components and has good performance.
Cooling devices-types Cooling devices include: Fans- draw cool air to the case from outside the bigger the fan the quieter the machine Liquid cooling systems-draws heat to it making the computer colder Heat sink-disperses heat
Cooling devices-purchasing considerations Things to keep in mind when buying a cooling system: budget Space Experience Size of the fan- bigger fans make computer quieter
Cooling devices-my choice I would pick the aerocool DS 140mm Blue cooling fan I picked this Because People who use it seem to like it, it wasn't expensive and it's a good fan
Operating system-what is it The operating system is the software that makes the computer operate correctly
Operating system-the difference between pc and mac Pc and mac are the two most common operating system The difference between them is that mac is a much more closed system then pc thus making it harder to breach the system
Operating system my choice My personal choice would be pc because mac is a more closed system but this can also be a bit of a nuisance