I need a new system!
Computer parts nowadays are getting better and cheaper by the minute. It's no wonder more and
more people are considering taking the plunge and upgrading their systems, with little
to no prior knowledge of how to do so. Thankfully, the Internet is abound with websites
dealing with hardware, and one doesn't need to travel far to find what he's looking for.
By the same token, you'll find yourself
neck-deep in reviews before you know it, on the latest 3D video cards, 64-bit PCI sound cards, and
fancy new CPUs. While that's great in terms of knowing what hardware is currently the best
on the market, it may not be helpful in your quest to upgrade your system. In fact, it may
be somewhat detrimental to most "newbies," as they assume (incorrectly) that a system
is mainly comprised of a video card, sound card, and a CPU. So how does it all fit together?
That's what we're going to go lay out for you in this guide.
What is the holistic process of building a new system? What components do you need? What are
the basic features and aspects you need to look for? While our daily reviews and
detailed guides are designed to help you make the right decision once you've got everything
narrowed down, you also need to learn the basics. Read on to learn about what you need
to upgrade your system.