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How to Safely Download & Install Software. All of these programs that I recommend are hosted on other sites, which is very typical and is no reason for concern.

How to Safely Download & Install Software

However, it means I have hand you off to another website that I have no control over and hope everything works out there as you download and install the software. Unfortunately, sometimes even a really, really good piece software is hosted at a site that... well, I wouldn't otherwise want to send someone to. Add to that the fact that some software programs, while otherwise fantastic, include little bits of "extras" that no one wants on their computer. Since this is the nature of downloadable software these days, especially free software, I thought it imperative to put together this collection of tips on how to stay safe when you download and install software.

Keep reading for some solid ideas on where to get software recommendations, how to avoid problems even from legitimate downloads, and lots more. Use Common Sense Use Curated Software Lists Free Downloads ≠ Free Software. How to Find Out Your Motherboard’s Manufacturer and Model. Sooner or later you will need to know the manufacturer and exact model of your motherboard, especially if you plan to upgrade your computer, since the upgrade capabilities of your computer are set by the motherboard model you have.

How to Find Out Your Motherboard’s Manufacturer and Model

You will require this information if you perform a BIOS upgrade or download your motherboard manual or drivers. A BIOS upgrade is needed to make your computer recognize a new CPU, and the manual is necessary if you want to check how much RAM your computer is able to recognize or which CPUs it supports, for example. Finding out this information is not particularly easy, because many manufacturers don’t print their name or the model name on the motherboard. Also, you may want to check if the motherboard installed in your PC is really the model you ordered. Usually, the warranty is void if you open your computer, so you will need to discover how to learn this information without opening your PC. Everything You Need to Know About the Dual-, Triple-, and Quad-Channel Memory Architectures. In order to enable dual-channel architecture, you will need to have: Memory controller supporting dual-channel architecture (virtually all current CPUs support dual-channel architecture).Two or an even number of memory modules; each pair of modules must be identical.Install the memory modules in the correct memory sockets on the motherboard that will enable this architecture.

Everything You Need to Know About the Dual-, Triple-, and Quad-Channel Memory Architectures

First, the memory controller must support the dual-channel architecture. As we discussed earlier, current CPUs have this component embedded, so almost all computers nowadays support this technology. Second, you need to have an even number of memory modules on your system, as each pair of memory modules will be accessed as a single entity. Refer to Figure 4 in the previous page. This is a very important point to keep in mind when selecting parts for building a PC. The third point is to install the memory modules in the correct memory sockets on the motherboard. Design + Build Your Own Gaming PC. Corsair RM Series 850 Watt ATX/EPS 80PLUS Gold-Certified Power Supply - CP-9020056-NA RM850: Computers & Accessories.

Introduction to PC Components. Every graphics card is differentiated by its Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), a chip housing a wide range of different functional components that determine what the graphics card can do.

Introduction to PC Components

For example, special components are needed inside of a GPU for it to be able to play a game using DirectX 11 and some features are even specific to one brand, like NVIDIA's TXAA, adaptive vertical sync, SLI, and PhysX. There are quite a few different kinds of components inside of a GPU, but things called shader units (also known as. CUDA cores or stream processors) are going to be the big focal point for gamers as they are responsible for creating many of the dramatic effects seen in today's games like realistic lighting, complex shadows, depth-of-field, physics, and much more.

Clock speeds for graphics cards are usually written in MHz, or Megahertz, and 1 MHz is 1,000,000 (one million) cycles per second. How to Build a Z87 Computer from Start-to-Finish ft. ASUS Z87-PRO. Youtube.