Interested in CPU, SSD, and GPU Benchmarks?

If you are then you should visit AnandTech‘s benchmark page. It has a simple to use interface that allows to select two different CPU’s, SSD’s, or GPU’s and then configures a comparison ratings chart with categories like “Video creation”, x264 HD Encode Test, “Windows Media Encoder 9 x64”, “Far Cry 2 playback”…etc. As well the […]

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Home Theatre PC (HTPC)

I would like to introduce another build you may consider building: The Home Theatre PC (HTPC). A  HTPC is just a basic computer that is mostly of personal preference in terms of the added components, so when starting your HTPC build you want to include the basic components for building a PC which include: 1. A […]

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AMD 955, AMD 965, AMD 970: Which one?

Picking between very similar processors such as the AMD 955, 965, and 970 can be frustrating. All three processors are AMD Phenom II, X4, Black Edition, AM3 Socket, 125W, Quad-Core Processor, but have the respective processing speeds/costs of: 3.2GHz and $139.99 (US )for the AMD 955 3.4GHz and $159.99 (US) for the AMD 965 3.5GHz […]

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10. Other

A computer build needs its peripherals. At the time of purchase I already had an extra keyboard, mouse, and monitor lying around;  if you know where to look keyboards and mice can be purchased at relatively cheap prices. If you are purchasing your computer parts in one big build from Newegg.com then you may want […]

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9. Operating System

After you have all of your computers parts, and have put them together you will need the software to run it. Ultimately the operating system you want to run is completely up to you, but for simplicities sake I would recommend just purchasing, borrowing, trading, or finding a copyAfter you have all of your computers […]

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8. Video Card

the responsibility of the video card is to generate output images to your display. There are tons of different cards out there and it can be kind of confusing when browsing through them all. Some motherboards come with ‘integrated graphics’ built in but this comes with terrible low-performance graphics results. Purchasing a separate graphics card […]

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7. DVD Drive

This is probably one of the easiest thing to buy for your computer build. Most CD/DVD drives can be purchased from around $19-$25 (CAD) and double as a burner. Drives like all other products vary by brand, and as far as I can see they do not have very much variation between different drives. If […]

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