Buying / Selecting Computer Components

This is the step takes the most time and consideration. Which parts do I buy? Which are best?

There are many good places to buy computer parts. You can go to a computer
retail store in your area. Although they often provide good warranties, you will
pay a little more than you would in other places. Sometimes, a lot more.

Case – There are two types of cases, Desktop and Tower. Desktop cases are short
and fat (Which can fit under your monitor nicely.) And towers are tall and slim
which are usually placed under the desk. Decided which one will fit in to your
environment best.

There are two different forms of computer cases. AT and ATX. you need to find
out which one you need. AT form cases are used for older computers, Pentium 1
and before. And ATX form cases are used for newer systems such as Pentium 2, 3,
4 and AMD Athlon etc.

Motherboard – The motherboard is the central component in the system. If you
want to upgrade your processor / Memory / Video card, you can only upgrade if
your motherboard supports it. It is always worth planning a head, So buy the
best motherboard you can afford.

Before you select a motherboard consider the following. What processor you want
to use with it. What memory does it support. Has it got an AGP slot?? An AGP
slot is used for special 3DFX graphic cards. What other expansion slots does it
have?? You will need a minimum of 3 PCI slots. visit:

Hard drives run at special speeds. 33mhz, 66mhz, 100mhz and 133mhz, Check if the
motherboard supports the speed of your hard disk. If your hard drive runs at
100mhz and your motherboard only goes up to 66mhz, then your hard disk will
still run but not at its fastest speed.

Motherboards come in two different forms. AT and ATX, Make sure this form
matches the form of your case. Make sure you get a manual with your motherboard,
This manual will tell you how to configure your motherboard.

Processor – There are many different processors out but these are the main ones.

Pentium 4 / AMD-Athlon- This processor is the most expensive but the fastest
around. This processor is used in systems which need performance such as
performance gaming / servers / Web designing. Current fastest processor speed is
3200mhz 3.2ghz.

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