Download Build Your Own High-Performance Gamer's Mod PC by Joel Durham Jr., Edward Chen PDF

By Joel Durham Jr., Edward Chen

Rev it up, take it into overdrive, and remodel your traditional computer workstation right into a cool having a look, high-performance gamer’s mod computer. learn how to gather and set up the most recent CPUs, the most important difficult drives, and the quickest RAM. Plus, tweak sounds and video playing cards so functions and video games glance and sound greater. additionally explains actual ameliorations together with portray and lighting fixtures layout.

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2901-2 / Chapter 1 16 Chapter 1 In the snake’s nest of wires that billows out of the power supply, the peripheral power connector (Figure 1-11) is the most common connector that you’ll find. The peripheral connectors are used to power most of the interior devices in the system. Even if you run short of peripheral connectors, you can use a Y-splitter (Figure 1-12), available at any good computer store, to add more connectors. Figure 1-11 A peripheral power connector (Molex 15-24-4048) Figure 1-12 A peripheral connector Y-splitter Smaller peripheral connectors (Figure 1-13) are far less common than the larger ones.

AMD’s Athlons, however, are no longer marked with their true clock frequencies. Instead, AMD has adopted a marking scheme that supposedly describes the Pentium-equivalent speed. This description is called a P-rating. For example, an Athlon XP 1500+ actually runs at 1333MHz, but according to AMD it compares in performance to a Pentium 4 1500MHz. Whether this is actually the case is the subject of heated debate in the hardware community; some benchmarks back up AMD’s theory and some don’t. For comparison, check out the Athlon P-ratings and actual megahertz speeds in Table 2-1.

Buses, Slots, and Controllers The motherboard (Figure 2-1) is the ultimate telephone system. It lets all of the components of the PC, including the processor, memory, expansion cards, and all the controllers housed on the board itself, talk to each other at unimaginable speeds. It does this through the use of buses, which are wires that carry data around the board: ❏ The AGP bus, which gives an AGP graphics card direct access to the system memory. It can store textures in main memory that it doesn’t have room for in its own local memory.

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