Sunday, May 1, 2016

Basics of Building a Computer (Part 2)

                                                                      Case Fans

       Choosing your case fans is a pretty simple task. There are many different types of fans, some of which include LED, high airflow, silent, plastic, carbon fiber, and much more. For standard, full-sized cases, you will choose between 120mm and 140mm fans. Looking in your case manual or specifications will let you know what size fans will fit in your case and where. Be sure to check out the reviews on the fans you choose so you are sure that the fan will be of adequate quality and airflow. For high heat, gaming computers, you want to be sure that the fan airflow is at least 50cfm (cubic feet per minute).


       RAM, aka. memory, is a must-have for all computers. When choosing your ram type, be sure that it matches the recommended speeds for the programs you wish to run on your new computer and for how you plan to use it. If you plan to use you computer for gaming purposes, choose a set of *ram cards* with a minimum of 8gb of memory and a clocked speed of over 1600MHz. For pro gamers, choose a set that is at least 16gb of memory and a clocked speed of over 2200MHz. For personal use, 4gb of memory will do just fine as most computers sold today use that amount by default. A clock speed of 1600MHz and less will do just fine as most of your programs will not require an intense ram speed.
*RAM cards usually come in sets of two, three, or four and will split up the resources by distributing the memory between each card, adding it all together when each card is inserted. Ex. A pair of 16gb ram cards, each containing 8gb of memory.
      Another thing to be on the look out for when choosing your ram cards is the type of ram you will use. As of today, most of the computers still in action will either use DDR2, DDR3, or DDR4. DDR4 is the most recent ram design released and also the fastest. I myself chose DDR3 ram for my PC instead of the new, expensive DDR4. The speeds on DDR3 ram cards can usually run new, intense games and software of all kinds without a hitch.
       DDR4: For the pro gamers and software developers
       DDR3 For the advanced gamers and heavy multitasking
       DDR2: Designed for the pre windows 7 computers (Not recommended)

Some popular brands include Kingston, Crucial, Corsair, G.Skill, and more.

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