Choosing Computer Components to Match your Accessories
If you are a cybernetic or maybe you run a business, you will agree with me that for a computer to provide you with essential functionality that you need, i.e. efficiency and better productivity, there must be customizations made to both the software and the hardware components of the computer so as to produce the desired results. However there must be accessories which you will also purchase, which make the whole process simpler.
There are basic computer accessories like the keyboard or the mouse which all computers are designed to accommodate despite the computer’s configurations; but there are other computer components which require some specific requirements be met first such as a specified Random Access Memory (RAM) or hard drive’s space before the accessory that you want to use on your computer can properly function as you would love. This is true especially for console games.
It’s also true that you could get a pre-custom PC from the manufacturer but the functionality may not match your expectations well the cost might be so much hiked. In that instance, it’s paramount that you custom make the computer yourself. Wondering how to go about the whole process?
This guide should help you establish what you need to do to enable your PC meet your expectations.
i) Outline the desired benefits and results expected from the computer.
For a computer to achieve set objectives, it needs to be configured for those specific objectives. The system requirements of the computer should also match those designed for the accessory that you need to use.
You need to realize that this varies with the different needs and hence you need be clear of your intended purpose. For instance, if you want to use your computer for gaming, then the accessories to be used may required more advanced system requirement that a person who needs to install a webcam and video chat online or one who wants to mix music.
This is also true for various business needs. Be clear about what you need and then know the system requirements and configurations which such accessories will require. Do you need the computer for office use or is it a workstation for rendering 3D designs in Computer Aided Design (CAD) or Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) applications.
When choosing the most preferable system requirements, then the following components should be given a lot of consideration because they will determine the functioning of your accessory.
The computer processing unit (CPU) and also the motherboard should be able to efficiently support the demands of the accessory to be used with minimal or no problems. The speed should be rational and the output expected should be satisfactory.
It should also support several types of accessories especially the ones that you intend to use. The cooling system of the computer needs to be efficient because computers are notorious working in hot environments and can lead to disruptions.
Random Access Memory (RAM)
RAM queues data as commanded by the computer user while the processor executes the commands. This means that the memory of the RAM should be sufficient enough to allow you to switch from one program to the other without inconvenience.
Most importantly, it must match the motherboards speeds so as to be productive as well as the bit-rate of the operating system. For instance, a 4 GB RAM will require a 64-bit operating system.
Power Supply Unit (PSU)
Little thought are often given to the PSU though it one of the vital components of a computer and when wrong chose it can lead to multiple complications which range from destruction of the accessories used to system crashes or unscheduled reboots if the power supplied is fluctuating and unstable.
Accessories to be used will determine the amount of power to be supplied hence this component should be given equal consideration.
The Graphical Interface Unit should be supportive in case of gaming or video-based accessories It should provide images of good quality and support variety of video cards especially the most recent ones and be fast enough at displaying images especially when gaming.
The hard drive is the computer’s internal storage unit and thus should be fast at both the storage and retrieval of data. The drive speed is vital to ensure this functionality.
It also should be compatible with the computer’s motherboard. The memory of the hard drive should also be sufficient to enable the configuring of the accessory and proper functioning.
Optical Disk Drive
This includes the Compact Disk and Digital Video Drives. This is a computer component which is easier to choose but the main difference between the different types which exist is their ports with some using IDE channels while others use SATA ports. Otherwise this component does it have complications choosing.
Some other components that you might need check for compatibility with your accessories include the mouse, this should be considered especially by gamers; the keyboard, USB ports, keyboards, floppy drive cable, monitor size and computer chassis/case
When assembling specific computer components which need to meet your requirements for the need to use specific accessories, the prices of the components could form the basis of the decision reached, but it’s important that price need not be an obstacle to sourcing the most desirable components.