The amount of hardware available on the market today is considerable, so you can get a very important level of flexibility when looking for a suitable configuration. However, the variety of options usually generates a certain noise that is very difficult to interpret for many people, who in most cases end up acquiring something that is well above or below their real needs. With a little advance information and a conscious and honest identification of personal needs, it is possible to build an efficient computer in many respects, without having to hand over an internal organ as part of payment.

Many times I have been asked what is the best part of computing. There are several aspects that can be enjoyed to a great extent, but one of my strictly personal favorites is the assembly of the computer . I’m not just talking about picking up a screwdriver and starting “surgery,” but something as simple as opening a Notepad and starting to jot down prices and options. Before, things were easier because the hardware was simpler . There were points that could be overlooked without major inconvenience, but now they have become critical and indispensable. Obviously this is due to the natural evolution of hardware. Although the future of the components seems to be somewhat rocky (mostly in relation tocurrent manufacturing methods ) , today you can build anexcellent computer with hardware from different companies, even contemplating some updating capacity.

 Of course, the most difficult thing is not determining what hardware to choose, but knowing exactly what to do with it . I have already seen too many cases in which you want to do video editing with a Sempron, or in which you buy a system with four cores to edit spreadsheets in Excel. These extremes can easily be avoided by meditating for a few moments what the main role of the computer will be. We can go from a simple terminal to the most modern war destroyer, capable of moving any game that exists today, and between these two systems there are a huge number of possible configurations. But the most important thing is still honesty. A computer requires consistent planningIf you do not want to be throwing insults into the air after a few months because they cannot do what they wanted, or because they have the feeling of having spent a fortune unnecessarily. In this article we will try to take all this into account, and also consider the possibility of recycling . Some parts can continue to be used in new computers, which will help cut some bills from the final budget. That said, let’s fall into the depths …


While the business options are many, these days the processors are limited to just two well-known companies in computing: Intel and AMD . After carefully studying a huge number of benchmarks, it can be concluded that processors made by Intel are faster , while AMD offers a superior price-performance ratio. Both manufacturers already have six-core options as flagship processors (Intel’s i7-980X, and AMD’s Thuban)., but there are also several alternatives below them. The trickiest thing about processors is determining how efficient they will be to use. There are applications specially optimized to take advantage of multiple cores, such as some cases of video encoding, but if we lean towards something like games, we will hardly find any example that takes advantage of more than three cores . So you don’t have to rush out to find as many cores as possible. On the Intel side, something like the Core i3 (€ 110) have turned out to be more than adequate for general use. Some may argue that they only have two cores, but the existence of Hyper-ThreadingIt changes the whole picture, to the point that the i3s can fight any three-core solution offered by AMD.

According to Intel, the Core i3 is a low-medium cost solution, but its performance is higher than is believed

And speaking of AMD, for the same amount of the two Intel cores you can buy four through a processor in the Athlon family. The first example that comes to mind is the Athlon II X4 630 (€ 100), but someone on a tight budget can save € 20 and look for a three-core solution. I repeat: Do not be immediately seduced by the number of cores. A processor with more cores inside can provide better value protection in the future, but the idea is not to go “slow now” to be “fast tomorrow” either . Software has long been out of phase relative to hardware, and new “Turbo” technologies from Intel and AMDthey are living proof of it. Obviously, none of the processors I just named have those technologies, but they offer balanced performance anyway, and that’s what we’re looking for.

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