Years ago, building a PC requires you some technical knowledge and experience on how to combine parts to another, we tend to ask our neighbor to ask for help etc. But now in our technical age where Google, Blogs and YouTube are everywhere. It’s funny and amazing that these are the key that unlocks our mind to learn more about latest technologies.
Before we dive through the deep sea of PC terminologies which we’re going to discuss. Ask yourself first, what type of PC are going to build. Is it for Gaming? content creation? Video editing?
Or maybe you just want to build it for yourself for a certain budget. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place! Yes, This may be a lot of work but I’m here to guide you through the basics up to advance setup (featuring my own personal PC build!)
First, please think of your basic computer parts,
Monitor, CPU, Keyboard, Mouse, Speaker .. hmm what else?
Some of you might say that’s a CPU or PC.
Basically, for those who didn’t know yet that box is not just the CPU itself. It’s composed a lot of parts. The Body that holds the parts intact, together with its Heart, Memory and Brain.
and a term PC basically it’s just another term for Personal Computer that which also include your own personal monitor, keyboard, mouse with some personal accessories like your speakers, printers, headphones etc.
so if you’re going to ask me what is that box, I prefer to call it either as a PC or CPU well for the sake of identification let’s call it PC.
You may want to open that box later on and then review it but please take extra precaution because some parts are fragile and some parts may shock you (Literally, Static discharge)
Here’s the list of parts inside your PC that you should remember, this will also help you to identify the functions of each items once you buy your own personalize PC.
This is the mothership of your PC. Well obviously not a literal mothership but it basically holds and serves as a medium to connect processor, memory, gpu and your I/O (Input/Output). Which we will discuss later on.
This is the brain of your PC. There are billions of switches moves back and forth inside it. small as nano-meter. Well again obviously not a literal switch but it actually process information whatever we feed in. Look for Intel processors and AMD processors.
3.) RAM (Memory)
This is the capacity of PC’s brain to hold certain information before it can be process. In other words, the size of your RAM (4GB- 120GB) matters. Choose between 8GB – 64GB RAM, it allows you to have a room for never-ending new tab application on your browsers, games and video editing process, It follows a sequence of First-In, First-Out.
4.) GPU (Graphics Card)
This is the second head of your PC. Since this is the other head, it also has its own brain that focuses primarily on the graphics, frame speed per seconds (fps) and rendering speed for your games or video editing.
5.) HDD (Hard disk drive) / SSD
This is where your files are being stored. If you’re about to big capacity storage, go for HDD but if you’re after the speed, which basically high speed read/write transfer to your PC-to-External Drive, faster loading speed from turn on to your desktop I highly suggest go for SSD.
However, you can always go for both, which is SSD for OS storage and HDD for your files, movies and applications.
6.) Power supply
This is the Heart of your system, it supplies all required voltages for the parts we’ve mentioned above. This is the most important part of our PC. I would suggest that buy from a reputable manufacturers like Seasonic, Corsair, Cooler Master, EVGA and please never use the Generic power supply that comes free with your Case.
This part is yours. I don’t want to suggest any size of cases. It’s on your own preferences. For me, I am a sucker for looks, minimalist approach with premium build quality and you can see it on my build that there’s still a lot of room for upgrade-ability of my system which is I always think of. Especially now a days high end video cards tend to become bigger as they get better.
You’ve earned your blanket of the Basics! Wrap it up! And let’s dive in through
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