Assemble PC: Some tips to help you find the right components
Building a computer yourself is not as difficult as it seems at first. If you observe a few preconditions, nothing can go wrong. It is important that you consider the connection types of the individual components before purchasing so that you can which can later be optimally connected to each other by a cable.
Choose the right hardware for your PC
Before purchasing, clearly define what you want to do with the future computer. You don’t need an expensive Core i7 for an office PC, nor does a lame Celeron have anything to do in a game car.
Make sure that all components are fundamentally compatible with each other. This includes the appropriate CPU and mainboard socket combination, the correct DDR3 or DDR4 memory and a sufficiently dimensioned power supply.
- Ideally, set a price limit and configure your computer on this basis. This way you always have the upcoming costs in view. On the other hand, do not save in the wrong place. A cheap power supply or missing housing cooling can quickly lead to unnecessary additional costs.
- How fast a computer is mainly determined by the processor. It is a misconception that it primarily depends on the clock frequency. The comparison only works for models of the same series.
- Basically, Intel’s Pentium, Celeron, Atom and Core i3 models are suitable for office and multimedia computers. Most Core i5 processors are a good basis for strong gamer PCs. With AMD, most FX CPUs and A10 APUs are suitable for demanding applications, while the A4, A6, and A8 APU series provide good service in entry-level to mid-range PCs.
Processor Selection: Which CPU fits?
How fast a computer is mainly determined by the processor. It is a misconception that it primarily depends on the clock frequency. The comparison only works for models of the same series. Basic rule: The processor must be connected to the corresponding port of the motherboard.
Intel’s Pentium, Celeron, Atom and Core i3 models are suitable for office and multimedia computers. Most Core i5 processors are a good basis for strong gamer PCs. Most FX CPUs and A10 APUs are suitable for demanding applications with AMD, while the A4, A6, and A8 APU series would work well in entry-level to mid-range PCs.
Wholesnap recommendation: Intel Core i7-7700K
The Intel Core i7-7700K offers a good compromise between performance and price. The CPU feels comfortable in performance and game PCs but is oversized for pure work with Word and Co.
Depending on performance and price, certain models can do this particularly well. In order to be able to play graphically complex computer games, you should use something for the graphics card to spend more money.
Graphics Cards: Compulsory for gamers
Depending on performance and price, certain models can do this particularly well. In order to be able to play graphically complex computer games, you should use something for the graphics card to spend more money. If you only want to type and click on your PC, an AMD-APU or Intel-CPU (with an integrated graphics unit) is usually sufficient for office and work use. For players, however, the PCI Express plug-in cards are a must. Basically, you have the choice between Nvidia graphics cards and AMD models.
Wholesnap recommendation: PowerColor Radeon RX 480 Red Dragon 4GB
From a price-performance point of view, the AMD Radeon RX 480 is currently way ahead. For the price, you get decent performance based on the efficient Polaris architecture and a 4 GByte acceptable large graphics memory. Liquid Full-HD-Gaming with high details is no problem with it and with older games, even 4K is in it.
SSD, RAM & Co.
Memory is the short-term memory of the computer. Programs and data are temporarily stored in it. When working, 4 GByte DDR3 RAM and a 3.5-inch hard disk with 500 GByte to 1 TByte storage space are sufficient. However, a solid state disk (SSD) accelerates any system enormously, an additional SSD like the ADATA Ultimate SU800 with 256 GByte memory is a top recommendation.
Players should put a scoop on it. 8 or even 16 GByte DDR3 or DDR4 RAM and a hard disk with at least 2 TByte storage space are the better choices due to the large game installations.
Mainboard with DDR3 or DDR4?
By choosing the right motherboard and “Motherboard” you lay the foundation stone for your PC. The mainboard is the interface of all components in the PC. It contains a processor, RAM, graphics, sound and network cards. Internal and external Hard disks, drives and the power supply are connected to it. First, find out which connection types you can use. need. The better the choice, the easier the computers can be upgraded in the future.
DDR4 memory has been in use for some time. However, the fast memory has only been really usable since the introduction of Intel’s sixth processor generation Skylake. However, there are also some Skylake boards that still use DDR3 memory. Here you have to pay particular attention to the compatibility between the hardware. Both CPU and DDR memory must match the mainboard.
Otherwise, the equipment of the mainboard is usually more important than the pure performance. High-end chipsets like Intel’s Z270 or AMD’s X370 are especially useful for overclockers and enthusiasts who want to tickle everything out of their system. For AMD, medium chipsets, such as the B350, are also suitable for overclocking. Most models offer network and sound chips anyway. With the power supply, only gamers with one or two powerful graphics cards need more than 500 watts. Cheap no-name power supplies are prone to dangerous failures. Make sure, however, that all selected components fit the mainboard. Last but not least, Windows 10 is the best choice for the operating system.
Additional components for a gaming PC
- Power supply: To avoid overloading, the selection should be made using a power supply computer
- Drive: Nowadays drives are used less and less, but if you want to burn a DVD, a drive is still a useful component.
- Housing: The housing of a gaming PC is often neglected like the power supply unit. However, the housing is especially important for powerful PCs in order to adequately ventilate all components and protect them from dust and dirt.
Advantages Gaming PC selfmade
The individual components can be tailored exactly to your needs
Cheaper price than complete gaming PC packages
Knowledge of the individual components may be acquired under certain circumstances
Disadvantages Gaming PC selfmade
Time required for assembly
Technical knowledge required
Errors during assembly can destroy PC/components