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Is it hard to build a computer?

  1. #21


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    Writes to an Solid State Drive are purposely spread out over the entire drive to prevent continuously writing to the same cells over and over. As the drive ages all the cells will have approximately the same number of write cycles. Access time is independent of where the cell is on the drive so fragmentation isn't an issue. On a spinner drive, data is rewritten to the same portion of the drive over and over again, if its free. Certain areas of the platter will never get written to until the drive becomes full. This is done to improve access time and reduce fragmentation.

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  2. #22


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck38 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by antspants View Post
    Having a secondary standard HDD is not about relieving pressure on the SSD, it's for storage.

    yeah thanks for clearing that up.
    I'm probably going to get 120GB SSD and a 2TB HHD.
    I'm getting close to buying an SSD for my desktop PC, it will likely be a 240 GB drive. The 1 TB spinner that's in it will be used for storage. I have a 120 GB and a 240 GB SSD in my laptop. It has dual drive bays. There are extra benefits to using an SSD in a laptop than just the extra speed. SSD's draw less power and generate less heat so that will improve battery life. Less heat in a laptop is always a good thing. Less weight too. And less prone to damage from the occasional bump.
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  3. #23


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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck38 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by antspants View Post


    yeah thanks for clearing that up.
    I'm probably going to get 120GB SSD and a 2TB HHD.
    I'm getting close to buying an SSD for my desktop PC, it will likely be a 240 GB drive. The 1 TB spinner that's in it will be used for storage. I have a 120 GB and a 240 GB SSD in my laptop. It has dual drive bays. There are extra benefits to using an SSD in a laptop than just the extra speed. SSD's draw less power and generate less heat so that will improve battery life. Less heat in a laptop is always a good thing. Less weight too. And less prone to damage from the occasional bump.
    When I'm in that market for a laptop I will have to remember that. Thank-you for the information.
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  4. #24


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    I'm looking at a AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor now, all the research I've done says that it's a good CPU, but I would like to know what all of y'all think of it.
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  5. #25


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    I'm AMD all the way, some might say I'm biased.
    My laptop has an AMD A10-4600M 2.3 GHZ Quad Core AMD Trinity,
    My main desktop has an AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz
    and my other desktop PC has an AMD Athlon II X4 620 2.6GHz

    The A-10 is an APU which has a CPU and VPU on the same die. If your going to be installing a dedicated video card the VPU part of it won't get used. In that case an FX might be a better choice.
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  6. #26


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    Good to know! Now I'm really looking forward to building this computer! All I need now is money...
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  7. #27


    Bow, WA
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    PC Building is fairly easy once you know what goes where. I build my first PC from spare parts when I was 11. If you need a tutorial Paul from Newegg made an excellent video on that topic.
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  8. #28


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    Some might say it was easier years ago. Some will remember when there was just ISA, and RAM modules were SIMMS. Your mouse plugged into a serial port and your keyboard plugged into a big 5 pin DIN connector. VGA was all there was for video. Now You have PCI, PCIe x1 x4 x8 and x16 slots. DDR, DDR2 DDR3. Crossfire and SLI. VGA, DVI, HDMI, Display Port. The list goes on. Interesting times these are.

    I've built about a half dozen or so desktop PC's over the years.
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  9. #29


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    Quote Originally Posted by dukethedj View Post
    PC Building is fairly easy once you know what goes where. I build my first PC from spare parts when I was 11. If you need a tutorial Paul from Newegg made an excellent video on that topic.
    That tutorial is what got me interested!
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  10. #30


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    One big thing to watch out for is static discharge. One little zap can really spoil all your fun.
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