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Need recommendation on literature for building a P.C. Built two already (low end). Need info on WHY certain parts are needed

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January 26, 2014 8:44:12 AM

I want to built higher end computers. Need literature. Not something which tells me to plug part A into part B, I know that already. What I need is a not a to technical explanation of how and why certain things are required. Like why I would need PCIe 3.0 instead of 2.0. Or why I need certain things to install USB 3.0

Not a novice, I know some of the basics. But not to techie to understand.

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January 26, 2014 9:01:46 AM

The wikipedia article for most technologies provides a pretty good comparison of their capabilities versus their predecessor and successor in a semi-technical manner.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usb_3.0#Differences_in_co...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI_Express#PCI_Express_3...

For the most part new technologies get pushed out to allow for future expansions not because they are required at the moment, most cards take only a slight performance hit from running in a 16x PCI-e 1.0 slot, so the extra bandwidth isn't really needed on that front, but PCI-e 3.0 was pushed out more to take advantage of the Enterprise PCI-e based SSD cards, at 6GB/s the ioDrive Octal is close to the limit for PCI-e 2.0, but PCI-e 3.0 gives it a lot more bandwidth to expand into
https://www.fusionio.com/products/iodrive-octal/

Wikipedia is a great resource for technical data that you need explained in a less technical way.
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January 26, 2014 9:02:56 AM

That's a great question but unfortunately I think it may be difficult to find an all encompassing guide. I think it may be easier to ask a specific question and research it from there. For example, here is a great guide on why PCIe 1.0 is problematic with 3.0 cards...http://www.overclock.net/a/the-final-answer-to-the-cont...

You'll see everything is context dependent. I have found that Tom's has some great sticky's as does overclock.net. Wikipedia is also a great place to learn the history of computer hardware (the section on USB iterations is pretty exhaustive..http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB#USB_3.0). Make sure to try and find primary sources of information-the 1st link above is great example of a post in which the user gives specific references to back-up his claims.
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January 26, 2014 9:21:21 AM

minerva330 said:
That's a great question but unfortunately I think it may be difficult to find an all encompassing guide. I think it may be easier to ask a specific question and research it from there. For example, here is a great guide on why PCIe 1.0 is problematic with 3.0 cards...http://www.overclock.net/a/the-final-answer-to-the-cont...

You'll see everything is context dependent. I have found that Tom's has some great sticky's as does overclock.net. Wikipedia is also a great place to learn the history of computer hardware (the section on USB iterations is pretty exhaustive..http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB#USB_3.0). Make sure to try and find primary sources of information-the 1st link above is great example of a post in which the user gives specific references to back-up his claims.


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January 26, 2014 9:22:46 AM

Thanks Minerva. Thought that would be the case. Just hoped there would be something in book form I could hightlight and make margin notations instead of surfing the net and depressing the pring button. Thanks to all.
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