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GIGABYTE Z490 AORUS MASTER LGA 1200 Intel Z490 ATX Motherboard with Triple M.2, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.2 Gen 2, WIFI 6, 2.5 GbE LAN
GIGABYTE Z490 AORUS MASTER LGA 1200 Intel Z490 ATX Motherboard with Triple M.2, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.2 Gen 2, WIFI 6, 2.5 GbE LAN
  • Memory Standard: Intel Core i9/i7 processors: Support for DDR4 5000(O.C.)/4933(O.C.)/4800(O.C.)/ 4700(O.C.)/ 4600(O.C.)/ 4500(O.C.)/ 4400(O.C.)/ 4300(O.C.)/4266(O.C.)/ 4133(O.C.)/ 4000(O.C.)/ 3866(O.C.)/ 3800(O.C.)/ 3733(O.C.)/ 3666(O.C.)/ 3600(O.C.)/ 3466(O.C.)/ 3400(O.C.)/ 3333(O.C.)/ 3300(O.C.)/ 3200(O.C.)/ 3000(O.C.)/ 2933/ 2800/ 2666/ 2400/ 2133 MHz Intel Core i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processors: Support for DDR4 2666/2400/2133 MHz memory modules
  • Number of Memory Slots: 4×288pin
  • Audio Chipset: Realtek ALC1220-VB codec * The front panel line out jack supports DSD audio. ESS ES9118EQ DAC chip
  • PCI Express 3.0 x16: 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16) * For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8) * T...
  • Model #: Z490 AORUS MASTER
  • Item #: N82E16813145196
  • Return Policy: Extended Holiday Return Policy
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  • $299.99 after $30.00 rebate card
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ASRock Z490 Pro4 LGA 1200 Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock Z490 Pro4 LGA 1200 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Memory Standard: Supports DDR4 4400(OC)*/ 4333(OC)/ 4266(OC)/ 4133(OC)/ 4000(OC)/ 3866(OC)/ 3800(OC)/ 3733(OC)/ 3600(OC)/ 3200(OC)/ 2933/ 2800/ 2666/ 2400/ 2133 non-ECC, un-buffered memory * Please refer to Memory Support List on ASRock's website for more information. (http://www.asrock.com/) * Core (i9/i7) support DDR4 up to 2933; Core (i5/i3), Pentium and Celeron support DDR4 up to 2666.
  • Number of Memory Slots: 4×288pin
  • Audio Chipset: Realtek ALC1200
  • PCI Express 3.0 x16: 2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slots (PCIE2/PCIE4: single at x16 (PCIE2); dual at x16 (PCIE2) / x4 (PCIE4)* * Supports NVMe SSD as boot disks
  • Model #: Z490 Pro4
  • Item #: N82E16813157923
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  • $169.99
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ASUS ROG Strix B550-E Gaming AMD AM4 (3rd Gen Ryzen) ATX Gaming Motherboard (PCIe 4.0, NVIDIA SLI, WiFi 6, 2.5Gb LAN, 14+2 Power Stages, Front USB 3.2 Type-C, Addressable Gen 2 RGB and AURA Sync)
ASUS ROG STRIX B550-E GAMING AM4 ATX AMD Motherboard

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  • Number of Memory Slots: 4×288pin
  • Memory Standard: 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Processors DDR4 4600(O.C)/ 4400(O.C)/ 4266(O.C.)/ 4133(O.C.)/ 4000(O.C.)/ 3866(O.C.)/ 3600(O.C.)/ 3466(O.C.)/ 3200/ 3000/ 2800/ 2666/ 2400/ 2133 MHz Un-buffered Memory Next Generation AMD Ryzen PRO Processors DDR4 5100(O.C)/ 4800(O.C.)/ 4600(O.C)/ 4400(O.C)/ 4266(O.C.)/ 4133(O.C.)/ 4000(O.C.)/ 3866(O.C.)/ 3600(O.C.)/ 3466(O.C.)/ 3200/ 3000/ 2800/ 2666/ 2400/ 2133 MHz Un-buffered Memory * Refer to www.asus.com for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).
  • PCI Express 3.0 x16: AMD B550 Chipset 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4 mode) * * Share bandwidth with PCIe3.0 x1_1, PCIe3.0 x1_2
  • Onboard Video Chipset: Integrated Graphics Processor 1 x DisplayPort 1.2 1 x HDMI 2.1 (4K@60HZ) * Graphics specifications may vary between CPU types.
  • Model #: STRIX B550-E GAMING
  • Item #: N82E16813119310
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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
  • Item #: N82E16820232476
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WD Blue 3D NAND 500GB Internal SSD - SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5"/7mm Solid State Drive - WDS500G2B0A
WD Blue 3D NAND 500GB Internal SSD - SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5"/7mm Solid State Drive - WDS500G2B0A
  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 560 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 530 MBps
  • 4KB Random Read: Up to 95,000 IOPS
  • 4KB Random Write: Up to 84,000 IOPS
  • Model #: WDS500G2B0A
  • Item #: N82E16820250087
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Seagate BarraCuda ST2000DM008 2TB 7200 RPM 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda ST2000DM008 2TB 7200 RPM 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
  • Height (maximum): 20.20mm
  • Width (maximum): 101.85mm
  • Length (maximum): 146.99mm
  • Model #: ST2000DM008
  • Item #: N82E16822184773
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Intel 660p Series M.2 2280 1TB PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 3D2, QLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDPEKNW010T8X1
Intel 660p Series M.2 2280 1TB PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 3D2, QLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDPEKNW010T8X1
  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 1800 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 1800 MBps
  • 4KB Random Read: Up to 150,000 IOPS
  • 4KB Random Write: Up to 220,000 IOPS
  • Model #: SSDPEKNW010T8X1
  • Item #: N82E16820167462
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SAMSUNG 860 EVO Series 2.5" 1TB SATA III V-NAND 3-bit MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-76E1T0B/AM
SAMSUNG 860 EVO Series 2.5" 1TB SATA III V-NAND 3-bit MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-76E1T0B/AM
  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 550 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 520 MBps
  • 4KB Random Read: Random (QD1): Up to 10,000 IOPS Random (QD32): Up to 98,000 IOPS
  • Controller: Samsung MJX
  • Model #: MZ-76E1T0B/AM
  • Item #: N82E16820147673
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Western Digital WD BLACK SN750 NVMe M.2 2280 500GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 64-layer 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS500G3X0C
Western Digital WD BLACK SN750 NVMe M.2 2280 500GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 64-layer 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) WDS500G3X0C
  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 3430 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 2600 MBps
  • 4KB Random Read: Up to 420,000 IOPS
  • 4KB Random Write: Up to 380,000 IOPS
  • Model #: WDS500G3X0C
  • Item #: N82E16820250109
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WD Blue 3D NAND 1TB Internal SSD - SATA III 6Gb/s M.2 2280 Solid State Drive - WDS100T2B0B
WD Blue 3D NAND 1TB Internal SSD - SATA III 6Gb/s M.2 2280 Solid State Drive - WDS100T2B0B
  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 560 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 530 MBps
  • 4KB Random Read: Up to 95,000 IOPS
  • 4KB Random Write: Up to 84,000 IOPS
  • Model #: WDS100T2B0B
  • Item #: N82E16820250092
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WD Red Plus 8TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s, CMR, 256MB Cache, 3.5 Inch - WD80EFAX
WD Red Plus 8TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s, CMR, 256MB Cache, 3.5 Inch - WD80EFAX
  • Height (maximum): 26.10mm
  • Width (maximum): 101.60mm
  • Length (maximum): 147.00mm
  • Model #: WD80EFAX
  • Item #: 1Z4-0002-00B89
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Intel 660P 512 Gb Solid State Drive - M.2 2280 Internal - Pci Express (Pci Express 3.0 X4)
Intel 660P 512 Gb Solid State Drive - M.2 2280 Internal - Pci Express (Pci Express 3.0 X4)
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  • : SSDPEKNW512G8X1
  • Used For: Consumer
  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 1500 MBps
  • Model #: SSDPEKNW512G8X1
  • Item #: 0D9-002V-003Y7
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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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