The mechanical aspects
of a computer are often mentioned as though they were something mystical. They
aren’t. You can pop the cover on your basic personal computer and see it is
comprised of some basic parts. This also means you can upgrade the performance
of it much like you can with a car – by going with high performance aftermarket
Ever opened a large
file and you computer seems to slow way down? This can happen with everything
from video files to spreadsheets to even just running your basic Windows 7 platform.
Most advertising would suggest that you need a better CPU because you need
better processing times. In truth, this is not really the problem. For most
people, the problem is a lack of RAM.
What is RAM? It is an
abbreviation for “random access memory”. It refers to a memory device
independent of your hard drive. The computer stores data that it needs in quick
bursts there. It is somewhat equivalent to short term memory in human beings.
So, what is the
problem with your RAM? Well, software has grown in size and complexity over the
years. Despite this, most computer manufacturers still put laughably small
amounts of RAM in their computers. Some come with only 256kb although most are
now moving to 512kb. Whichever amount you have, it is much too small to run
most modern software and you really need to upgrade.
The good news is you
can upgrade really easily and cheaply. You can get 2 gigabytes of RAM for $60
or so. Personally, I go with the maximum a computer can handle. That is usually
4 gigabytes. Whatever amount you choose, the difference will amaze you. It is
like having a new computer. Everything is fast because you now have the …
The motherboard of
your computer is considered the most essential part because it connects all the
major components that allow them to communicate to get your computer running.
It is important to understand the types of motherboard and the kinds of
hardware it houses so you will know what to choose when buying a computer
motherboard. Below is a quick guide that will help you in your choice of a
suitable motherboard for your computer:
Form factors or the size:
– The ATX or Advanced
Technology Extended – the standard size/form which can accommodate more ports and
allows expandability.- BTX or Balanced Technology Extended – this is larger
than the standard size supposedly to address overheating and to lower power
consumption rate but it failed to outpace or dislodge the ATX.- MicroATX and
MiniTX – smaller in size ideal for compact and low power boards, however, the
expansion slots and ports are limited.
Take note that when
buying a computer motherboard, always check your computer casing if it can
support the form of your choice.
Classification according to the type
Socket A, Socket 939
& Socket AM3 – These types are intended for the AMD processors with Socket
AM3 as the latest to come out in the AMD market.
Socket 370, Socket
378, Socket T and Socket H – are compatible with the Intel Celeron, Pentium,
Core 2 and Core-I series of processors.
Both the Intel and AMD
are the microprocessors of choice nowadays. However, buying a computer
motherboard will depend on the classification of the processor that you select.
Other factors to consider:
Front side bus (FSB) –
refers to the pathway where the connection or flow of information to and from
the processor and the rest of the hardware passes. The speed of the …