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.
When purchasing a desktop hard drive I would simply recommend getting a 7200RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s, 250GB or more hard drive. I purchased the
Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB 3.5″ SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive, which so far is enough room for me, but I also have room to add another hard drive later.
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 the RAM you purchase will primarily be determined by what your motherboard can support. When purchasing a mother board you can usually check details on what it supports when ordering, or go to the manufactures web-site and check for yourself. My recommendation when choosing a motherboard is to choose one that supports DDr3 RAM, not DDr2.
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 drives, along with various external ports and peripherals.”
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 with a decent Heat Sink/processor fan and runs everything very well so far. I chose this processor because it came at a phenomenal price for what you get, and had an array of great reviews.
Clear Blue Case
A very important part of your computer building arsenal, is the housing to put it all in. This is the only part I did not have to buy for mine since I found someone with an old case. I took all of the old parts out, and it worked perfect! If you don’t know someone with an old case, there is a huge selection out there with a huge range in prices.