Desktop Components You Need to Know before Building Your Own Computer

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If you have decided to build your own computer, make sure that you know how to choose the different desktop components for reliable performance. Here is a brief about the major components that will help you build a great computer.


Hard Disc

The internal storage of computers is of two kinds: Solid-state and hard disc. Hard discs are cheaper but more fragile and give slower speed. The solid-state drive is based on new technology and gives faster speed because it has no moving parts. It is a bit expensive but you can use it for smarter performance. In fact, installing solid-state drive for the operating system and hard disc for your files, movies, and music gives you an excellent experience of computing. The speed of hard disc must be at 7,200 RPM and use Serial ATA (SATA) connection capable of speeds of 6GB per second. The solid-state drive is good if it is listed with multi-level cell flash memory.


This is one of the priciest desktop components. It is the brain of your computer. Intel and AMD manufacture a wide range of processors. AMD chips are cheaper while Intel chips are slightly better in performance hence recommended. Check the core after the brand. A quad-core is better than dual-core and if you check the date of manufacture, you will find that same core processor produced recently is faster than a processor manufactured a couple of years back. The cache of your processor is important if you are planning to play games. A processor with 6MB or 8MB of cache is pretty fine for playing games. So check the brand, core, date of production and cache before buying a processor.


The motherboard is the heart and soul of your computer. All the desktop components are connected to the motherboard. GPU is fixed in the motherboard and if you have not taken a high-end processor you will need a separate GPU because the processor of high quality contains GPU.

Desktop motherboards come in a variety of sizes, the most popular being 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. More GB is good if you are going to use multiple monitors. 2GB or 3GB RAM is used for playing high-end games.


RAM is directly connected to the motherboard and come in 3 different speeds: 2,400 MHz, 600 MHz, and 1,330 MHz. Check your motherboard what speed RAM it sports before buying. 8 GB RAM is ideal for common use of the computer or playing games. Top best RAM is manufactured by G.Skill, Crucial, Mushkin, and Kingston.

These are the most important desktop components to build your own computer. The other smaller parts include sLED lights, fans etc.

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