When it comes to picking the correct parts for your PC, you need to make smart selections to ensure that your computer’s performance is up to par. This article details how you should divide your budget and which parts are key in relation to your desired build. Before we jump into it, Lion Sourced will not be recommending individual parts (Although there will be some used solely as examples), this is because there is such a large range available and we have no information on your budget/requirements.
Quite literally the mother of any computer – All other components of your PC come together within the motherboard. Ideally, you will want to buy the best motherboard that your budget allows for, as it will have a huge role on the computer’s performance regardless of your individual requirements. You can also purchase specialist motherboards, for example the ROG STRIX Z490-F lends itself to gaming while the Intel 1151 H310M A R2.0 D4 mATX would be sufficient for a general build.
The CPU is in charge of processing the data within your computer. It does various tasks such as gathering data, making data accessible for other programs and retrieving data when it’s needed. You’ll require a high-end central processing unit if you plan on rendering HD videos or regularly performing complex coding work. If you want to livestream to a platform such as Youtube or Twitch, the CPU will also be doing most of the work in this regard.
Hardcore gamer? If so, the graphics card is likely to be your focus point. The graphics card is responsible for the output of display on your PC and as a general rule of thumb, the better your graphics card, the higher visual settings you can utilize. A high-quality video card is important for gamers who want outstanding graphics as well as people with jobs such as editing.
HDD or SSD
The memory of the PC where virtually all data will be kept safe. SSD (Solid State Drives) are faster than HDD alternatives, as the data is stored instantly and does not have to be written by the component itself. SSD’s are the more expensive out of the two, but hugely improved performance renders it worthwhile most of the time.
RAM or Random Access Memory holds data before it is saved onto your hard drive, while also containing various instructions for programs and vital system services. You don’t always have to splash out on large amounts of RAM, but keep in mind that without RAM, the computer will not be able to function correctly.
All computers need cooling in one form or another, whether it’s a small internal fan of a comprehensive water-cooling system, it’s worth a thought. If you plan or running a lot of programs at the same time, or playing games in the highest resolution, a more up-market solution might prove to be a worthwhile investment.
That rounds up our tips for picking the right parts for your computer. Obviously, there are more components needed for a complete PC (Case, Power Supply, input and output devices e.t.c), but the ones listed above are the ones with the widest variety and also likely to have a bigger impact on the overall performance. If you aren’t your computer made on-site, we would definitely recommend you check out another one of our other articles which features useful tips for building your own PC.