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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Choosing a HDD

   Ok, so now we have to choose an HDD, or "Hard Disk Drive".  This is you primary storage device, of all of your machines programs, and OS, or "Operating system".  Now HDDs generally come in 3 categories, "IDE", "SATA", or "SSD". IDEs utilize the older "PATA", or "Parallel Attachment AT", while the "SATA", or "Serial Attachment AT", are the newer tech, phasing out the PATA interface.  And then there is the even newer, and more expensive "SSD", or "Solid State Drive", which has no moving parts, and is basically like a large ram card, and because there is no disc to scan and search for the information, it is much more faster.

    Size is also a factor in choosing a HDD.  Depending on what you will be using your system for, you may need more or less space. Here is a simple list for reference....

  • Word Processing: 250GB and Higher, 7200rpm
  • Web Surfing: 320GB and Higher, 7200rpm
  • Gaming: 500GB and Higher, 7200 rpm
  • Digital Music: 750GB and Higher, 7200 rpm
  • Graphics Editing: 1TB and Higher, 7200 rpm
  • Digital Video: 1.5TB and Higher, 7200 rpm
     As you can see there are a few choices in selecting a HDD, and what you'll use it for, and no shortage of manufacturers, and prices as well. You may even consider using a "RAID" or"Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks", Which we will go into detail in another post.  Consult your Motherboard to decide what kind of HDD you need as well.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Lets pick your brain.........

             Okay, so lets cover choosing your CPU (Central Processing Unit), or "Processor".  This is essentially your Machines Brain.  Without this, you Machine is pretty much just an expensive paper weight.  As mentioned in an earlier Post (All PCs are not created equal), not all CPUs will not fit all motherboards, So you'll have to do some research.  Your first place to look, is at the specs for the MOBO that you have selected. These will tell you what "Sockets" your MOBO will accept.
            If you are upgrading your CPU, then you must first refer to your MOBO handbook.  If you do not know your current MOBO information, then google search for a pragram called  "SiSoftware Sandra Lite". This is a free software, and will tell you each and every detail about your MOBO and PC that you would ever want to know.
            When choosing a CPU, you have to balance budget, quality, and performance.  Personally, I try not to buy any PC or MOBO parts used, or refurbished. And try to get something with a good warranty. Sometimes things go wrong, and you want to be covered.  Generally the higher the GHZ (gigahurtz), the faster and stronger. However, with CPUs, some are better than others.  So be sure to look around.

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