A power supply unit is an integral part of a PC.
Building an ultimate PC is an undertaking that requires considerable research and investment. A high-end PC requires high-end hardware, which generally costs more than the hardware that powers a typical PC. You can skim on some hardware (such as the DVD drives) when building your beast of a computer, but you absolutely cannot skim on other parts such as the processor. Each part plays a significant role in handling information, powering your computer, and ensuring that your computer properly runs, so you must have all the required hardware.
1. Choose an efficient case. The case should contain at least two cooling units, and be built to cycle air the most efficient way possible. High-end PCs put out a lot heat, and if they’re not cooled, the hardware can suffer considerable damage.
2. Choose a motherboard that can support a high-end processor, video card, lots of RAM and other hardware you will install, such as the current socket 1366 motherboard which supports the most currently advanced Intel processor: the i7 core. You must choose a motherboard that uses AMD sockets if you wish to use an AMD processor. Look at how much RAM the motherboard can support as well: make sure that it’s at least 8 GB, or your computer will fail to harness its potential power.
3. Choose a multiple core processor. The processor you can choose will vary depending on the motherboard you choose. Always choose a multi-core processor, though. Dual-core, quad-core and 6-core processors are now the mainstream processors in the computer world. They handle information far quicker and more efficiently than single-core processors. The more cores the processor has, the faster the information on your computer will be processed.
4. Buy a graphics card that has at least 2 GB of memory, can render shadows, and features a multiple GPU. Video cards can now support more than one GPU, which means they are faster, more efficient and offer better overall graphics processing. Unlike processors, you can typically choose between different manufactures when it comes to video cards.
5. Choose a powerful power supply unit. A power supply unit lacking in power will not be able to handle the demands of a high-powered system. Choose one that’s at least 700 watts. Pay attention to the connectors as well. Different motherboards require different connectors: if the motherboard requires a 20-pin connector to power it, then you must buy a 20-pin connector, whereas you must buy a 24-pin connector if the motherboard requires a 24-pin connector.
6. Buy a compatible DVD-RW and DVD drive. DVD drives can play CDs as well as DVDs, so it’s senseless to buy a CD-only drive. But, you must buy compatible drives. Most modern drives are SATA drives, which require a SATA cable to connect. You must have a power supply unit with SATA equipped cables. Like most media drives, modern power supply units typically come equipped with SATA cables.
7. Buy a compatible, fast and large hard drive. Hard drives have grown considerably in size, and many modern ones can hold over a terabyte of capacity. Modern hard drives feature either SATA connectors or both SATA and IDE connectors, so be sure that your power supply unit has the required connectors. Buy a hard drive that features at least a 32 MB cache, as a larger cache improves performance.