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Whether you are new to the world of PC building, a returning master, or a hardcore gamer looking to install the latest graphics card into your gaming PC, we’ve got you covered. In this video, we’ll teach you what you need to know to go from a bunch of freshly opened boxes to a fully operational PC battle station. With this step-by-step guide you will have your PC build up and running in no time.


How to choose a graphics card: Your 2020 buying guide

This video will walk you through the basic factors you’ll need to consider when choosing a graphics card, or GPU. Though a computer can do basic work and even play some games without a dedicated graphics card, you’ll want a GPU to do any serious gaming or video production.

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Intel Core i7-11700K Rocket Lake 8-Core 3.6 GHz LGA 1200 125W BX8070811700K Desktop Processor Intel UHD Graphics 750
Intel Core i7-11700K 3.6 GHz LGA 1200 BX8070811700K Desktop Processor

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  • Series: Core i7 11th Gen
  • L3 Cache: 16MB
  • Cooling Device: Cooling device not included - Processor Only
  • Manufacturing Tech: 14nm
  • Model #: BX8070811700K
  • Item #: N82E16819118233
  • Return Policy: Replacement Only Return Policy
Intel Core i5-11500 Rocket Lake 6-Core 2.7 GHz LGA 1200 65W BX8070811500 Desktop Processor Intel UHD Graphics 750
Intel Core i5-11500 2.7 GHz LGA 1200 BX8070811500 Desktop Processor

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  • Series: Core i5 11th Gen
  • L3 Cache: 12MB
  • Cooling Device: Heatsink and fan included
  • Manufacturing Tech: 14nm
  • Model #: BX8070811500
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SAMSUNG 870 EVO Series 2.5" 1TB SATA III V-NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-77E1T0B/AM
SAMSUNG 870 EVO Series 2.5" 1TB SATA III V-NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-77E1T0B/AM
  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 560 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 530 MBps
  • Power Consumption (Active): Average: 2.5W Maximum: 4.0W
  • Power Consumption (Idle): Max. 30 mW
  • Model #: MZ-77E1T0B/AM
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Western Digital WD BLACK SN850 NVMe M.2 2280 2TB PCI-Express 4.0 x4 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS200T1XHE w/ Heatsink
Western Digital WD BLACK SN850 NVMe M.2 2280 2TB PCI-Express 4.0 x4 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS200T1XHE w/ Heatsink
  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 7000 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 5100 MBps
  • 4KB Random Read: Up to 1,000,000 IOPS
  • 4KB Random Write: Up to 710,000 IOPS
  • Model #: WDS200T1XHE
  • Item #: N82E16820250182
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SAMSUNG 980 PRO M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express Gen 4.0 x4, NVMe 1.3 Samsung V-NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V8P1T0B/AM
SAMSUNG 980 PRO M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express Gen 4.0 x4, NVMe 1.3 Samsung V-NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V8P1T0B/AM
  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 7000 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 5000 MBps
  • 4KB Random Read: QD1: Up to 22,000 IOPS QD32: Up to 1,000,000 IOPS
  • 4KB Random Write: QD1: Up to 22,000 IOPS QD32: Up to 1,000,000 IOPS
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Western Digital WD BLACK SN850 NVMe M.2 2280 2TB PCI-Express 4.0 x4 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS200T1X0E
Western Digital WD BLACK SN850 NVMe M.2 2280 2TB PCI-Express 4.0 x4 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS200T1X0E
  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 7000 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 5100 MBps
  • 4KB Random Read: Up to 1,000,000 IOPS
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G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C16D-16GTZR
G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C16D-16GTZR
  • CAS Latency: 16
  • Voltage: 1.35V
  • Multi-channel Kit: Dual Channel Kit
  • Timing: 16-18-18-38
  • Model #: F4-3200C16D-16GTZR
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Seagate BarraCuda ST4000DM004 4TB 5400 RPM 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drives Bare Drive - OEM
Seagate BarraCuda ST4000DM004 4TB 5400 RPM 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drives Bare Drive - OEM
  • Height (maximum): 20.17mm
  • Width (maximum): 101.60mm
  • Length (maximum): 146.99mm
  • Model #: ST4000DM004
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Computer components like the CPU, motherboard, computer case, RAM and drive are the core of a computer. They determine the capabilities and features of a computer, as well as its power and processing speeds. It’s important to choose computer components that can work together to satisfy your needs.

Computer CPU Processors Provide Processing Power

When building a new computer or upgrading an old one, focus on the computer's Central Processing Unit (CPU) first, as it defines most of the components a computer can use. It will also determine what you can do with the computer. Typical users can skate by with a basic processor for surfing the net and checking email. Gamers will likely want a quad-core processor, though as games advance, six and eight-core processors become more attractive options. The more cores or threads a computer's CPU processor has, the better performance it will provide, so graphic designers and video editors may need a high-end six or eight-core model. 

CPU Motherboards Offer PCIe® Slots and a Home for the CPU

The CPU connects to the motherboard, and provides Peripheral Component Interconnect express (PCIe) slots to connect devices. Depending on the motherboard, you can add video and graphics cards, a Solid State Drive (SSD) and more. The CPU motherboard also determines the type and amount of Random Access Memory (RAM) you can use. Pair motherboards with CPUs of the same generation for the best performance, and to ensure they can work together. Make sure to get a cooling fan that can keep up. 

Computer Cases House and Protect Computer Components

There are three case size categories, though the computer cases themselves have varying dimensions. Full towers are large enough to accommodate specialty parts, such as Extended Advanced Technology Extended (ATX) motherboards and water cooling systems. Mid towers are the most common, and easily suit the needs of most users. Micro-ITX computer cases are large enough to house mini-ITX motherboards, and they are an excellent choice for basic rigs. Choose a case that can accommodate all computer components and allows airflow, which prevents overheating.

RAM Provides Dynamic Memory That Increases Processing Speeds

Small Outline Dual In-Line Memory Module (SO-DIMM) and Dual In-Line Memory Module (DIMM) reference the physical size of a memory stick. As a rule, SO-DIMMs are smaller and reserved for laptops and mini-PCs, while DIMMs are for full-size desktops. Double Data Rate (DDR) is the most common type of memory used by modern computers. DDR4 is the newest rendition. It’s faster than DDR3, which is nearly obsolete, but still capable of fulfilling the needs of most users.

Hard Drives and Solid State Drives Represent a Computer’s Storage Space

SSD drives are quieter, faster, conserve more energy and last longer than a standard HDD. That said, when comparing an SSD and an HDD of equal capacities, the HDD is almost always significantly cheaper. If storage is more important than speed, it’s often more economical to choose an HDD.

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