Hey everyone, I am planning to build a computer (first time) around January 2011, and I am in the process of doing research.
I am posting to ask if anyone can point me in the direction of good resources that explain the inner workings of a computer from the standpoint of someone who is about to build a gaming PC. I'm not talking necessarily about an exhaustive, bare-metal understanding of how a computer works (I realize people take years of school for this), but rather something that will help me make smart decisions when purchasing components.
So, when I see a statement like "DDR3 1333Mhz 7-7-7-20 would be better or equal to DDR3 1600Mhz 8-8-8-24," I know what all those numbers really mean. Not just their definition, but how they relate to the entire scheme of things.
I'm also interested in things like why a game might bottleneck at the CPU, or the GPU, or (if I'm playing online), my internet connection.
Hmm, I appreciate it, but at this point I am not necessarily looking for straight-up build recommendations. I would rather start at the beginning, build understanding, and work towards choosing the right parts (with some help from those on these forums ).
It has been shown rather clearly that More RAM will always >>> higher freq In practice though someone not looking for HC clocks would thank the stars for a pair of value RAMs that run right out of the box as advertised