Sorry for the delay, but Hurricane Sandy left me without proper internet access for a week. This week we are taking a look at RAM (Random Access Memory). RAM is basically the short-term memory function for your PC. When your PC starts thinking about something, or runs an application, it puts it all in RAM so it can access it faster than it would if it kept all of that information on the hard drive. The more RAM you have, the more apps your PC can run concurrently.
One thing I often hear from people when I talk about building a PC is expensive it is. They tell me that Best Buy will sell them a PC cheaper than I can build one. In some cases this is true, but the parts in cheap store-bought PC’s are usually sub-standard. I’ve put together a list of products that you can buy from Microcenter that come out to less than $400. If there isn’t a Microcenter near you, you can find similar (and sometimes better) deals at Newegg or TigerDirect. I plan on updating this list over time as things get cheaper or parts go on sale, so remember to look back here if you want to build a cheap PC! Continue reading
In Part 1 of the PC-Base series we covered some basic knowledge on computer parts. In part 2 I will cover how best to research the parts we will be discussing, where to get the best deals, and how to get the best support when something goes wrong. As the series continues I’ll be referring back to these sites when I refer to part information. Continue reading