This post is about the PC I built over the summer, made for gaming and stunning picture quality. These are the parts I picked, how I built it, and what each part does. Click on Read More (Or the title) to see the specifications and information about each part and why I chose it. (Please note this article may take a minute to load as it is quite long).
Central Processing Unit
The Central Processing Unit, or CPU, is the speed of the computer. The more Gigahertz it produces, the faster your computer will go. My computer uses an Intel Quad Core i7-4770K CPU, with a crazy-fast 3.50 Gigahertz a second speed. It actually contains 4 CPU Cores, though they all fit in one part, which plugs directly into the Motherboard.
The Motherboard is the hub of a computer. It's the part that the others connect to. One of the most important parts of buying a Motherboard is that the sockets that the other parts plug into are there. Otherwise you could have, for example, RAM without room for it. My Motherboard is the Z87X-UD4H by Gigabyte Technology Co.
Random Access Memory
Random Access Memory, or RAM, is the memory used in a computer. This is used to make sure you can run enough processes at once, so you can happily play multiple games at one time while browsing the internet. My RAM is G. Skill Ripjaws-X 16GB.
The Graphics Card is the part of your computer that renders and displays all the images on the computer on the Monitor. Computers can use up to four Graphics Cards at once. The Graphics Card is quite important. For a gaming machine, a high-end Graphics Card is needed. The selling of these is between two manufacturing giants, Nvidia and Radeon. Some Graphics Cards, such as Nvidia's GTX Titan Z, costs £3,000 each and is quite large, so a big Case is needed. I use a Nvidia GTX 780, which barely qualifies as high-end, even though it can run all current games on maximum settings without a hitch.
The Monitor is the part of your computer that displays images. A high resolution screen is used in conjunction with other high-end parts. A common resolution is 1920x1080. Each of those is the number of pixels along the edges of the screen, making there 2,073,600 (2 million) pixels on the screen. And each pixel is divided into three for the primary colours, making there 6,220,800 (6 million) sub-pixels in those. There are higher resolutions though, with the current breakthroughs being make in 4K resolution. 4K resolution has 8,294,400 (8 million) pixels and 24,883,200 (24 million) sub-pixels! My Monitor is an Asus VG248QE, a screen with a resolution of 1920x1080 and 3D capabilites. It can also go up and down, as well as swivel.
Hard Drive / Solid State Drive
Your Hard Drive is where all the files and information on your computer is stored. It is possible to have multiple hard drives, but they will become obsolete in the coming years as Solid State Drives are more expensive (for the moment) and have less capacity (for the moment), but they can go over three times faster when starting up your computer or opening a file. The price gap is rapidly closing though, so in under five years SSDs will be a lot more commonplace. Personally, I bought a 1TB Caviar Blue Drive, though its cousin hard drives Caviar Black and Caviar Green are definitely worth a check.
The Case is the container for these parts. I used the Coolermaster Haf X case. The Haf XM case is also quite good. The important part about cases is whether it will fit your parts. For instance, a smaller case is good, but if for example, you buy a GTX Titan, then you will need a larger one or else it won't fit. Additionally the case is useful for cooling for system. Mine has at least four fans as well as my CPU cooler.
There are less important parts for computers as well, generally called peripherals. Peripherals can be a mouse, a keyboard, a printer or anything that is technically separate from the computer that plugs in outside the case. Keyboard wise I chose the Razer Starcraft II Marauder Keyboard. It has back lighting behind the keys and the ability to change the lights, so you could change the base blue to bright pink or red. Personally, I chose red because it suited the lights on my case and motherboard.
I can't advise anyone on Sound Cards for their machine because I somehow forgot to get one. However, I bought a pair of speakers three days later up in Limerick, so the issue was resolved. My speakers are by Creative and have a volume and a tone knob with highly adjustable volume.
Wifi / Ethernet
There are numerous Wifi Cards available to buy. Otherwise Ethernet is the way to go, but my room didn't have a plug for that, so it wasn't on my part list. I instead of those decided on a TL-WN822N TP-Link Wireless USB Adapter. This means I plug it in, run the CD and then I can connect to the internet easily. All it needs is a USB slot on your computer.
So this concludes all the information about my computer. In a few years I'll likely take a 4K Monitor upgrade or something like that. Until then it's perfect the way it is.
Here's the finished product.