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The Difference Between A SSD And A HDD

The Difference Between A SSD And A HDDWhen the magnetic hard drive (HDD) arrived on the scene, we said good bye to the old ways of data storage, three and a quarter floppy discs and even the older 5.25. Computer users could finally store more data on the one permanent drive, but this was only the beginning because as people stored more data, they then had more to lose if something went wrong. Thus the solid state hard drive followed. If you want to get technical, a Solid State Drive (SSD) is a relative of the magnetic hard disk drive (HDD), but these two devices differ greatly.

The Old Magnetic HDD

The original old magnetic hard disk drives (HDD) were invented in the 1950s only held a small amount of data but took up a good square metre of space. Of course the average computer user could not afford these devices so the privilege was reserved for government agencies and large business. Who would want a big ugly box bigger than your fridge in your house? Regardless of the cost, these storage devices could save and retrieve data faster than the usual older storage methods, therefore the demand grew. The outrageous size was a problem that would quickly disappear. Over the years magnetic hard drives became smaller in size and gained larger capacity, but still they were never the perfect device.

Along Came SSDs

Magnetic drives killed off the need for paper files, magnetic floppy discs and even compact discs, but now SSDs are doing the same to this pioneer device. The main claim to fame for the Solid State Drives is that they are in fact a solid drive and have no mechanical moving parts, based on the same technology that a USB flash drive uses. This feature alone, no moving parts, increased the speed of operation which the older moving part drives could not compete with. Again another advantage with no moving parts was that there were less parts to interrupt your secure data storage.

The Mechanical Side To SSDs And HDDs

As stated above, these two drives are completely different as one has no moving parts and the other, the HDD has many. The older magnetic disk drives use a rotating magnetic platters to store data and if one part is disabled or damaged, all of the data is compromised. This device is also fragile and cannot be dropped as the platters need to stay in place to work. The newer SSD is solid and has no mechanical moving parts. This does not always ensure that it has a longer life span as it comes with its own vulnerabilities, just not as many as the HDD.

The Cost Of New Technology

When the SSDs hit the stores it was amazing technology in high demand. The price was high. Unfortunately the price is still high if you compare it to a regular HDD, but we all know that soon SSDs will be old news, cheaper and probably the next storage device to take the lead from the HDD.

How to Buy a SSD Disk Drive Online

SSD Disk Drive OnlineWhether you are looking for an SSD disk drive or an SAS hard drive, the possibility of finding a specific piece of equipment for a great price is driving more and more on people online to shop for bargains. With many rare products being available from internet stores at lower prices than high street stores, there is little surprise why.

With that said, there are certain precautions to take when purchasing a SSD disk drive or some other price of hardware online; follow the tips below to ensure that you are getting an item that performs well, all whilst fitting into your budget.

Firstly, it is important to remember that although there is a huge range of vendors operating online nowadays, they certainly are not all made equal. It is in fact one of the main gripes of any shopper in any market that the online retailer that was claiming to have the best products at the best prices actually turns out to be a major disappointment.

The reason for this is that anyone can easily become a seller of products that they do not really know much about on eBay or other public auction sites, making it hard to distinguish the pros from the amateurs. Our first tip, therefore, is to seek out a seller that has a certain level of expertise in the area they are dealing in.

This is crucial for a number of reasons, the first one being that – assuming they are reputable and take pride in the standard of products they offer – you are very unlikely to come away with a product that does not meet your criteria or perform well. Good retailers will tend to know which products are good ones and which are not so good, and steer clear of selling the latter to their customers.

With that in mind, look for a specialist in SSD disk drives or SCSI drives if you are looking for these products, rather than just shopping around for the cheapest price. The other major advantage of buying from a specialist is that they will often be able to provide excellent expert advice before you buy, saving you from investing in the wrong product.

The next thing to note is that it is important to choose a company that has a good returns and refund policy, as this can save you a headache farther down the road if you run into any problems. Although the item might be great quality, some will always turn out to be faulty, and this is where a good return and refund policy will help you.

Before you purchase your SSD disk drive, therefore, do adequate research into how things work if you are dissatisfied with your product, and look for negative customer reviews of a company before purchasing. It is when things go wrong that a retailer shows how reputable he is, so if a company has a track record of reluctant refunds, it is possibly better to choose someone else.

On top of these few points, make sure that you get a good price for the item you are buying. It is often hard to know what is a cheap price for the SSD disk drive you are after or what is an expensive price, so shop around to see what offers are available for that particular item.

If you see your product at a particularly low price compared to all the others, exercise caution – huge price drops can indicate that the item is defective or second hand, or that simply you are dealing with a less reputable dealer of a product. In all cases, take the time to read the small print before you buy, and you are likely to find yourself with a great product at an excellent price.

How to Build a Gaming PC

Build a Gaming PCOne of the ultimate highs you can achieve as a gamer is sitting back and playing your favorite title on your computer. I don’t mean a store-bought system, I mean your own, well thought out, chose my components, radical design and look dream machine. Unfortunately, that dream never becomes a reality for most. Many gamers think building a computer involves massive technical, mechanical and computer science skills. Nothing could be more untrue!

Believe it or not having the fun and satisfaction of choosing your graphics card, processor, power supply, motherboards, RAM, hard drive and a case will not lead to a final installation disaster.

You won’t need a soldering gun, sophisticated testing devices or worry about a hospital trip via electrocution! Most of the parts in your home-made computer build will quickly snap together. A few screws will need to be tightened, so if you can use a simple screwdriver you are golden.

The most difficult technical task you may encounter could involve applying some thermal paste between your CPU and heat sink unit. If that task gives you sleepless nights, don’t worry. Many CPU’s have the heat sink and fan attached.

You can build a computer in three easy steps.

The first step is developing a budget for a gaming computer. You can create an economical gaming system for $500 or go radical and spend thousands and thousands. A great homemade computer, handling any of today’s most popular games is usually built for right around $1,000.

Once you have a budget, look at what components are needed and the case you want to put them in. Here is where you play the mad scientist. Here is where you will have the most fun by researching the best brands for your dollar, seeking the coolest looking components and making sure they are all compatible and will fit nicely into the case you chose to house them in.

The assembly, which I said is a snap, is the icing on the cake, the achievement of your goal! It’s now time to load your favorite game and soak in the high!!

I hope this article motivated you to build your gaming computer. Now it’s time to research components and join forums that have similar computer builds to share their expertise. Don’t be overwhelmed with how many components you will have because when you finish building your rock solid gaming PC, you will appreciate the knowledge you’ve gained.

Intel Vs AMD

Intel Vs AMDIf you are building your own computer it might seem like a no-brainer when it comes to choosing your CPU. The CPU is your computer processing unit and is truly the brain of your computer responsible for the fast movement of data and tasks.

So what’s the no-brainer? If I’m building a computer I’m heading to Intel, right? Not so fast. AMD also fits the needs of gamers quite well.

It is an industry given that Intel makes the fastest processors on Earth. But while that factor is huge AMD has made a positive impression on the gaming community with lower process prices and near Intel performance.

If you are building a computer both Intel and AMD is user-friendly and can be tweaked. In the current market, both AMD and Intel processor technology should remain where it is for next few years at least. So don’t worry about your processor going obsolete tomorrow.

When looking at new processors for your gaming computer build, keep your eyes on gigahertz (GHz). A gaming computer, which needs to handle multiple assignments quickly can function at 2.5GHz but for optimal performance should be in the 3.5GHz plus range. Top of the line gaming computers usually achieve a 4.0GHz output.

Also, the more multiple CPU cores, the better for gaming. If budget is a concern, for your money you are going to get fewer cores with Intel options and more with AMD. With that said, though, Intel cores are more efficient so it might be apples to apple decision.

All the top Intel and AMD processors are in that sweet spot 4.0GHz output with multi cores. They range in price from around $70 to over $300 depending on a number of cores and the GHz output.

It’s hard to beat Intel, but I wouldn’t dread using an AMD processor for gaming if it meets all my needs and falls within my budget.

The most modern Intel processors are the Intel Pentium G3258, Intel Core i54690K and the Intel Core i74790K.

On the AMD side of the ledger look out for the AMD Athlon X4 860K, AMD FX 6300, AMD FX 8320, AMD FX 8350 or the AMD FX 9590.

The ultimate winner for gaming in the Intel-AMD battle?

You be the judge of that!

Do your research in building your gaming computer and you will gain the knowledge of each hardware component.