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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6. Hard-Drive

The Hard Drive is the primary storage device of your computer to where all of your applications, operating system, and files are stored. The memory size of your Hard Drive will determine how much you can put on it, as well the speed of your hard drive will determine how fast it can transfer data. […]

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5. RAM

Random Access Memory (RAM) is  very important as it is your computers most common memory that can be used by programs to perform necessary tasks while the computer is on (see Definitions of ram on the Web). When choosing the right RAM for your computer it may be confusing as there are different types, but […]

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4. MotherBoard

The motherboard holds the crucial components of your computer system. As stated by PCreview: “A motherboard houses the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System), which is the simple software run by a computer when initially turned on. Other components attach directly to it, such as the memory, CPU (Central Processing Unit), graphics card, sound card, hard-drive, disk […]

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3. A Processor

The Processor or central processing unit (CPU) is the primary device used to carry a computers functions. The two major brand you can purchase at most computer resellers are Intel and AMD chips. I purchased an AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor, and it has worked wonders. Came […]

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2. Power Supply Unit (P.S.U)

The power supply unit provides your computer and all of its accessories with power. Choosing the right power supply unit for your computer depends on how much power you actually need. Here is power supply calculator that is very useful to determine the right PSU Wattage needed for your particular set-up based on CPU, Motherboard, Video […]

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