"How to choose properly" - Part 2

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Published: Tuesday, 17 September, 2019
"How to choose properly" - Part 2

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We continue our "How to choose properly" publications, and in this article we will tell you what a computer is made of and take a closer look at its components.

First of all, you need to understand the amount of your budget and choose your computer's processor on this basis - it could be AMD or Intel.

For example, we have an average budget (up to 500 EUR), that would suffice for a good office computer with the ability to enjoy 3D games for a while.

Let's take the Intel processor as the basis.

Since the budget is medium and this computer will have to perform the functions of an office computer as a priority, we will now choose an economical, but powerful Intel i3 processor. At this stage, we also need to figure out what our video card will look like.

Initially, we had chosen a computer that could also "play" a 3D video game. So, at this stage of the selection, we can make good savings - by choosing an Intel i3 processor without a built-in graphics card. The price of such an i3 processor may vary for about 50%, but keep in mind that without an additional video card, you won't be able to turn on your computer (see below for video card choices).

Motherboard - There is a large number of different motherboards, with different chipsets , different sizes from different manufacturers and different processor sockets of different sizes.

The question arises - "How not to mix and choose the right one?"

By choosing a processor, we reduce the choice of motherboards. We need a motherboard with a proper socket and also 300 series chipsets, as these chipsets are compatible with the latest generation of Intel processors. In this case, we can choose an inexpensive motherboard and it will provide stable and good computer performance.

RAM is best selected based on the motherboard - you need to know what type and clock frequency your motherboard supports. This can be found by buying on the seller's website and / or more precisely on the manufacturer's website. After this clock frequency, the operating memory must also be selected. Nowadays, the optimal amount of RAM must be at least 4 gigabytes.

Hard Disk Drive - now either Hard Disk Drive (HDD) or Solid State Drive (SSD), solid state drives are used to increase the speed of the entire system, and here the price depends on the capacity of that drive. The minimum recommended capacity is 240 gigabytes.

Video card. Our job is to buy an inexpensive one that can provide us with a 3D video game in our spare time. Based on a variety of tests, we might need an NVIDIA GTX 1050-Ti, either similar to the AMD RX 560. Such a video card will be inexpensive, but with average settings it can handle almost all modern games.

Power supply - our "power station". Main parameters - stable power supply and voltage. It is desirable to choose something not too expensive and even the cheapest is not desirable. It is necessary to roughly understand at what peak load the system can consume and add ~ 50% present. Under these conditions, the power supply will work long and noiseless. In our case, a power supply with 300 to 400 watts of power will work.

The body of the computer is selected based on the size of the motherboard, and it should not be forgotten that it must contain all the components we choose. In our case, it might be a simple inexpensive case.

Such a hand-made kit can cost up to 500 EUR, excluding software.

In the next series of articles, we'll look at what to look out for when purchasing different peripherals (monitors, printers, etc.).

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