Hope everyone had a lovely weekend!
Today I'm going to discuss some tactics I use when building a computer. Most computer parts I buy are bought online using Newegg. If you don't know what Newegg is, you need to check it out. Newegg doesn't ALWAYS have the lowest prices, but they are one of the most competitive websites and have a huge selection. They probably have the best customer service out of any site also. Any problems you have will get taken care of. Another thing about Newegg is they have super fast shipping. I cannot speak for people outside of California... but I live in North Cali and I will have an item 3 days after I order it.
Anyways, enough about Newegg, we all know that they are awesome! Let's talk about selection of computer parts. There are tons of computer part manufacturers and parts, how do you know which one is going to be best for you? The only way to answer that question is to do research. Now if you're trying to upgrade your computer, the only way to do that is to know the compatibility of the parts you're not switching out. The only way to do that is to know the parts you already have. So if you cannot identify whats in your computer, you need to do that first.
Now starting from scratch is easy, you build your computer around specific parts etc... But as far as determining which parts to buy, you should ALWAYS check charts that compare price and performance. One site I like to use is Tom's Hardware. The charts and articles on this site are very helpful most of the time in determining what I call the sweet spot(where price meets performance.)
There are other sites with graphs that compare hardware, I'm not going to list them all, but feel free to leave them in the comments if you know a good one.
There's a lot of research that needs to be done when building a computer if you want to find the sweet spot. I hope this helps you guys out a little if you plan on building or upgrade a computer.
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