Now for the next finger on my paper hand of planning…
So my next finger is how to design a computer. For starters a good resource helps. For example, (and the only example) PcPartPicker. What this website will do is it will check the parts you pick out for compatibility, list the part prices as well as calculate them for you for a total cost, and even give you the lowest price for the part you wish to buy. This part of my finger isn’t something you can research, it is something you learn by simply doing it, so for my P-Day Presentation I am going to make a video (probably) of me actually designing a computer. For my P-Day presentation I think for my intro I might try talking in Binary (you know… 10010111001001).
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So my next reflection post I will be doing is on CPU’s, (central processing unit). When it comes to CPU’s there are 2 brands, Intel and AMD, (hey AMD sounds familiar…). Intel CPU’s have better single-core performance, but are more expensive than AMD CPU’s. When gaming, Intel CPU’s tend to be better. AMD CPU’s have more CPU cores and are less expensive, making them better for budget builds. There are also types of CPU’s; Server, Workstation, Gaming, and General Computing. A good server+workstation CPU has a lot of cores, is able to run 24/7, supports ECC RAM, and is reliable. Given the needs for a good server+workstation CPU, Intel’s Xeon line of CPU’s would be a better choice. Xeon CPU’s are meant to be server+workstation CPU’s. A gaming CPU has less cores, but faster single-core performance. A good CPU for general-computing could either be a AMD or Intel CPU. Personally for a general-computing CPU I would go with a AMD FX-6300 (costs 92$), a Intel Pentium (costs$ 70), or a Intel i3 (costs $100). Now on a personal note the next computer I will hopefully be building will have a Intel Xeon E3. Here’s a link to the complete build if you want to see it http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ZBfLxr
The image of the Xeon on the parts list counts as the image of the CPU since I couldn’t find on on the CC image search.
So to start “reflecting” on what I did to prepare for June 16 I decided to start with Graphic Cards or GPU’s. To start my research I looked at the two brands of GPU’s, AMD and Nvidia. Then I looked at the individual GPU’s and names of the GPU series. Then after some more in depth research into graphic card performances, I proceeded to really get into the nitty-gritty of GPU’s. For example Nvidia GPU’s use CUDA while AMD GPU’s use CAL. Also while researching I found that most games perform better on a Nvidia GPU because of a setting on a Nvidia GPU that enhances 3D capabilities. While Nvidia GPU’s perform better than an AMD GPU, they are more money, which makes an AMD GPU better for someone on a tight budget. Also both companies have professional versions of their cards. The professional version of a AMD GPU is called a FirePro card, and the Nvidia version of a professional card is called a Quadro. The Quadro’s use Maxwell architecture while FirePro’s use an architecture called Tahti. So this this was some of my research about GPU’s.
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So on my hand I have most of my presentation. I say most because having 5 fingers wasn’t enough to fit everything I wanted to do. On my thumb I have the beginning of my presentation which is a basic introduction to computers. Then on my pointer finger I have a comparison between AMD and Nvidia GPU’s. On my middle finger I have a comparison between AMD and Intel CPU’s. Then on my ring finger I have a brief comparison between a Windows OS run computer and a Mac OS X Yosemite run computer. Just to dumb that last sentence down, a comparison between Windows and Mac. Then the next part in my presentation will be common mistakes about computers, (that wasn’t able to be written down). After that I will explain how to plan a good computer build, (also wasn’t able to be written down). Finally I will finish up with how to build a computer.