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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
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8-Core 3.8 GHz Socket AM4 105W 100-100000063WOF Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 3.8 GHz Socket AM4 100-100000063WOF Desktop Processor

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  • Series: Ryzen 7 5000 Series
  • L3 Cache: 32MB
  • L2 Cache: 4MB
  • Cooling Device: Cooling device not included - Processor Only
  • Model #: 100-100000063WOF
  • Item #: N82E16819113665
  • Return Policy: Replacement Only Return Policy
AMD RYZEN 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6 GHz (4.4 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 65W 100-100000071BOX Desktop Processor
AMD RYZEN 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6 GHz (4.4 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 65W 100-100000071BOX Desktop Processor

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  • Series: Ryzen 7 3rd Gen
  • L3 Cache: 32MB
  • L2 Cache: 4MB
  • Cooling Device: Heatsink and fan included
  • Model #: 100-100000071BOX
  • Item #: N82E16819113567
  • Return Policy: Replacement Only Return Policy
Intel Core i5-11600K Rocket Lake 6-Core 3.9 GHz LGA 1200 125W BX8070811600K Desktop Processor Intel UHD Graphics 750
Intel Core i5-11600K 3.9 GHz LGA 1200 BX8070811600K Desktop Processor

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  • Series: Core i5 11th Gen
  • L3 Cache: 12MB
  • Cooling Device: Cooling device not included - Processor Only
  • Manufacturing Tech: 14nm
  • Model #: BX8070811600K
  • Item #: N82E16819118235
  • Return Policy: Replacement Only Return Policy
ASUS ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING II AM4 AMD B450 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING II AM4 ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Number of Memory Slots: 4×288pin
  • Memory Standard: DDR4 4400(OC) / 4000(OC) / 3866(OC) / 3600(OC) / 3466(OC) / 3200 / 3000 / 2800 / 2666 / 2400 / 2133 * Refer to www.asus.com for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).
  • PCI Express 3.0 x16: 2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16* * Actual support may vary by CPU.
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16: 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16* * Running at x4 mode. * PCIe x16_3 slot share bandwidth with PCIe x1_1, PCIe x1_2 and PCIe x1_3.
  • Model #: STRIXB450-FGAMING II
  • Item #: N82E16813119356
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
GIGABYTE Z590 UD LGA 1200 Intel Z590 ATX Motherboard with Triple M.2, PCIe 4.0, USB 3.2 Gen 2, 2.5GbE LAN
GIGABYTE Z590 UD LGA 1200 Intel Z590 ATX Motherboard with Triple M.2, PCIe 4.0, USB 3.2 Gen 2, 2.5GbE LAN
  • Memory Standard: DDR4 5333(OC) / DDR4 5133(OC) / DDR4 5000(OC) / 4933(OC) / 4800(OC) / 4700(OC) / 4600(OC)/ 4500(OC) / 4400(OC) / 4300(OC) / 4266(OC) / 4133(OC) / 4000(OC) / 3866(OC) / 3800(OC) / 3733(OC) / 3666(OC) / 3600(OC) / 3466(OC) / 3400(OC) / 3333(OC) / 3300(OC) / 3200(OC) / 3000(OC) / 2933 / 2800 / 2666 / 2400 / 2133 (11th Generation Intel Core i9 / i7 / i5 processors) DDR4 2933 / 2666 / 2400 / 2133 (10th Generation Intel Core i9 / i7 processors) DDR4 2666 / 2400 / 2133 (10th Generation Intel Core i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron processors)
  • Number of Memory Slots: 4×288pin
  • Audio Chipset: Realtek audio CODEC
  • PCI Express 3.0 x16: 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16* * Running at x4.
  • Model #: Z590 UD
  • Item #: N82E16813145293
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
CORSAIR RMx Series RM650x 2018 CP-9020178-NA 650W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Power Supply
CORSAIR RMx Series RM650x 2018 CP-9020178-NA 650W Power Supply
  • Fans: 1 x 140mm Low Noise Rifle Bearing Fan
  • Main Connector: 20+4Pin
  • +12V Rails: Single
  • PCI-Express Connector: 4 x 6+2-Pin
  • Model #: CP-9020178-NA
  • Item #: N82E16817139232
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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
  • Model #: MZ-V8P1T0B/AM
  • Item #: N82E16820147790
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Corsair 4000D CC-9011198-WW Black Steel / Plastic / Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Corsair 4000D CC-9011198-WW Black Computer Case
  • Motherboard Compatibility: Micro ATX / ATX / Mini ITX / E-ATX (305mm x 277mm)
  • Front Ports: 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C / 1 x USB 3.0 / Audio
  • Power Supply Mounted: Bottom
  • Side Panel Window: Yes
  • Model #: CC-9011198-WW
  • Item #: N82E16811139154
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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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
  • Item #: N82E16820147793
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ASUS Pro WS WRX80E-SAGE SE WIFI sWRX8 AMD WRX80 SATA 6Gb/s Extended ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS Pro WS WRX80E-SAGE SE WIFI sWRX8 Extended ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Number of Memory Slots: 8×288pin
  • Memory Standard: DDR4 3200 / 3000 / 2933 / 2800 / 2666 / 2400 / 2133 MHz ECC and Non-ECC, buffered and Un-buffered, U-DIMM, R-DIMM and 3DS R-DIMM Memory
  • Audio Chipset: Relatek ALC4080 7.1 Surround Sound High Definition Audio CODEC
  • Max LAN Speed: Dual 10/100/1000Mbps
  • Model #: Pro WS WRX80E-SAGE S
  • Item #: N82E16813119391
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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
  • Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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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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