Building a Computer
Most people don’t think of what is actually inside their computer when they power it on, but they would be shocked and intrigued to know that anyone can build a computer of their own. Opening the case of their computer would be a taunting experience and most would be in immediate confusion. But once they get familiar with the components, they will find it to be an easy task. Most of all, building one’s own system is fun. Technology has become increasingly complex, but PCs are modular (Ralph). To build a new computer, a potential builder will need to have knowledge of the components inside, a substantial amount of time, and the ability to read instructions.
A potential computer builder has the benefit of price when they are deciding on what hardware to buy. They have to decide on what exactly they plan on doing on the computer, such as: browsing the web, playing video games, editing videos and pictures, etc. Each type of computer requires a different amount of investment. Once the builder is decided on what type of system they would like, it is time to buy the hardware first. Buying computer components may sound like a menacing thing to do, but it’s pretty simple when they know what to look for. Most Brick and Mortar retail stores do not carry individual components because it would take up much of the entire store’s space. Fortunately, the online retail warehouses come to the rescue. Amazon, Newegg, TigerDirect, Microcenter, etc. are some of the best locations to buy. The best feature about online pricing is that the builder can compare prices and wait for the items to go cheaper. Even better, some retailers’ price match the others, in case the builder has a favorite shopping location. Like a shopping list for a recipe, building a computer is the same way. Before building a computer, the builder needs to have knowledge of what each component inside does. The first thing one would buy would be the Power Supply, often referred to as PSU. When one plugs their computer into a power socket, electricity flows from the cord into a shielded box containing a transformer. The transformer's job is to convert the incoming electricity into the proper voltage for each part of the machine that needs electricity (Strickland). It is pretty big, bulky, and has a cooling fan attached to it. The second thing one would buy is the brains of operation, the motherboard (Strickland). The motherboard has many connections and circuits on it for other components to connect to. Every component the builder buys will be connected to the motherboard. If the motherboard is the brains of operation, the actual brain is the CPU, central processing unit (Strickland). The CPU handles all the processes of the computer. CPUs speeds are measured in gigahertz. The higher the number, the faster the computer will handle programs and commands. Unfortunately, CPUs are one of the most expensive components. If the builder plans on building an everyday computer, a 2.5 GHz CPU would be sufficient. Any other type of rig would require a 3.0 GHz or higher to achieve an acceptable performance. While the CPU is the brains, the RAM is the short term memory. RAM, random access memory, allows the computer to store memory for commands. The more RAM, the faster the computer will be. RAM is really cheap these days and anything above 4 GB, would give a great, acceptable experience. The components above were the basic parts of the computer. In theory, the computer should power up with those components, but there are more components inside the computer. For starters, the builder will need to buy a case for the computer. The case should be big enough to allow proper air flow, ability to move components, and proper fans to keep the temperature down. The case will keep all the components inside and it will have many holes on its sides for the motherboard to be screwed on. A must have for the case will be a hard drive bay to hold the hard drive in place,...
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