Steps to configure your PC

1- Motherboard

First you must be clear about what format you want, depending on how large you want your PC to be and it adapts to your measurements: ATX, micro ATX or mini ITX. This decision should also be taken into account when choosing other components such as the box for your PC or RAM.

Another of the key points that you should pay attention to when choosing the motherboard for your PC is the socket or socket. This element is the place that the processor occupies.

2- Processor

A key question to make an optimal choice when considering which processor to choose is to know what use you want to give your computer: office, daily use, gaming, etc. When you consider which processor to choose, you can be surprised and enveloped by the great amount of variety that exists. There are not only different types of processor, there are also different generations. The more cores or threads a processor has, the more powerful it is.

There is a question that almost always arises. This is none other than choosing between Intel and AMD.

Sockets are other specifications that you may be interested in evaluating. It will also be necessary to know if it is compatible with the motherboard.

3- RAM memory card

The first thing that we must be clear about when choosing how much RAM our PC will need is precisely the use that we are going to give it. Obviously you don’t need the same amount of RAM to mount a Gaming PC as an office PC.

4- Hard drive

Those who need performance, the perfect type of hard drive will be an SSD. The main reason is its transfer speed, which exceeds 500 MB / s for writing and reading.

If we compare this hard disk with an HDD, the reading speed does not exceed 180 MB / s, and the writing speed is much lower.

The performance difference can be much greater, if we go to the M.2 NVMe SSDs, which reach up to 4,000 MB / s of reading and up to 3,400 MB / s of writing.

On the other hand, if we are looking for a lot of capacity (more than 1 TB), our candidate must be an HDD or mechanical hard disk. Depending on how you want to use it, I would recommend a 2.5-inch or a 3.5-inch. Generally speaking, if you are going to be accessing it continuously, let it be 2.5 inches; if you only use it to store data, 3.5 inches.

5- CPU fan

Both Intel and AMD sell heatsinks alongside their processors. But it is advisable to buy another, they turn out to be insufficient because when we demand a little more from the processor, they get too hot.

To know which heatsink to buy, you only need to know two things: what is the socket or socket of our motherboard and what is the compatibility of the heatsink.

There are 3 types of CPU cooler or fan:
Standard computer fans: These are the generic computer fans that we discussed earlier, which come in the boxes of AMD CPUs.

Air CPU heatsinks: They are an option to take into account for all those who have just set up a Gamer PC for the first time.

PC liquid cooling: These fans have a pump with tubes in which there is water or a cooling liquid inside. When the CPU starts to heat up, this heat comes into contact with the copper and transmits it directly to the liquid, managing to cool down the temperature in a much faster and more effective way.

6- Graphics card

It will be useless to acquire a high-end card if neither memory nor processor are balanced and will complement the new beast of the team.
In each model of graphics card there are innumerable characteristics that mark the power and performance of it. Another value to pay attention to is the type of memory that the card includes and its bandwidth.
There are different manufacturers and ranges, and among them are Nvidia and AMD. You will have to choose between them according to the slot that the motherboard has so that they are compatible.

You have to take into account the consumption, cooling, the connectors or the video outputs that they offer for the screens.

7- Box / Tower

You must first choose a box according to the format of your motherboard and the size of your components.
Second, it will depend on where you are going to physically place it on the desk, you will have to adapt the size of the box.

And third, you have to take into account the internal cooling of the case, since it is a critical point for a good performance in the system.

8- Power supply

One of the several things to take into account is the font format, since depending on the computer case you will have to choose one or the other.
Another thing to keep in mind is the power of the source. The total power of the source will be determined by the power consumption of the processor, the graphics card and the number of disks you want to install.

And last but not least, source certification. The better this certification, the better optimization of the electrical conversion, minimizing the loss of energy in the form of heat, so you will be able to save on electricity (80+ certification).

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