Hard Disk And Optical Drive

Why talk about hard drives, and not solid state drives? Because conventional hard drives will be, for a long period of time, much more reasonable in their price / capacity ratio than SSDs. Nobody disputes that SSDs are faster than normal drives. The highest range of SSD drives can even saturate the SATA bus, something impossible to achieve with a standard hard drive. But until SSDs hit a price point similar to conventional drives, it will still be a bit difficult to recommend them. What can we find today? Any option between 320 and 500 GB is very good, in brands such as Western Digital (€ 48-58), Hitachi (€ 48-53), Samsung (€ 55) or Seagate(€ 60). Of course, if you already have a SATA disk, or even some good capacity IDE disk, feel free to continue using them . Most motherboards still have an IDE port to support these drives. There is no point in discarding something like a 160GB disk just because it has an IDE interface.

When it comes to optical drives, only those with a unique need for Blu-ray will need a compatible drive. Nowadays, a DVD recorder is extremely affordable, with a price that hovers between 20 and 25 euros. Samsung and LG are two very popular brands in this genre, Sony is a bit more expensive, and those who want something like Plextor will have to pay up to four times more.

Power Supply

This is probably the most playable part of a computer budget, because a case is basically a chassis made of sheet metal and plastic . If you don’t agree, maybe you should take a look at our custom case gallery . Almost anything can become home to a new PC, including your current case.. Removing the old components and installing the new ones is a matter of a few minutes, except for some space details such as installing an ATX board in a microATX case, but these inconveniences are avoided with a simple measurement. The maximum size of a microATX board is 244 x 244 millimeters, while an ATX board extends to 305 x 244. Remove the cover and perform the measurement to determine what maximum size of motherboard can fit into the case. Of course, you can buy a new case, but if you can save € 40 and invest it in the power supply , you should.

Maybe your question is “why?” The answer is because the ATX power supply stopped being that generic thing, full of cables and without importance a long time ago. Today it is vital to have a quality ATX power supply, since a clean and constant power supply is always a good thing in a computer (I am sure that Master Mario could enlighten us with many more details about it) . I would gladly recycle a case and shift the investment from a new case onto a more robust power supply. Brands such as Antec, Corsair, OCZ and Thermaltake have received approval from both users and “overclockers”consummated over the years. It is understandable that spending € 80 or € 90 on a power supply is a very difficult pill to swallow, but trust me, in the long run the investment will have been well worth it. What’s more, if they made this investment a while back and currently have a solid power supply, chances are good that they can reuse it with the new system.

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