When you assemble a CPU, you will get a glimpse of how advanced we are in technology. There is a wide array of CPU components available; from simple and functional ones to premium components. When you compare these components to previous years’, this year can probably be described as the pinnacle of the Information Age. But of course, technology can only go forward and not backwards. So we can expect more technological advances despite the array of CPU components that are currently available.
The wide array of CPU components will surely entice you to buy every single one of them. But components are not the first thing to consider in assembling a CPU, the computer case should be. Computer cases do not just determine how good the PC looks but determines the CPU components you can install and how these components will perform as well.
There are varied types of computer cases. But basically, computer cases are classified according to:
Size: Desktop vs. Tower. Desktop computer cases are flat and horizontal, and could easily fit under the monitor. Because of its small size, desktop computer cases is definitely the winner in space saving. On the other hand, the tower computer cases are tall, vertical and occupy a lot more space than desktop computer cases.
Form: AT vs. ATX. AT computer cases are older models and goes with Pentium 1 and or older systems. The ATX on the other hand, are newer models and complement Intel’s and AMD Athlon’s newer systems. With this type of classification, there really is no question to what form of computer case to choose; go with a computer case that complements newer systems.
Functional and Great Looking Computer Cases
Manufacturers of computer cases seem to be using design and color to take an edge over competitors. Computer cases are now available in different sleek architectural designs in different eye-catching colors. There are even bare and transparent computer cases. But aside from the color and design, choosing computer cases should be based on these important factors:
Space. The first thing you have to consider in choosing computer cases is your desk space. If you have limited desk space, buy space-saving computer cases such as desktop types. However, a smaller computer case will limit your CPU components.
Internal space is also one thing to consider when you choose computer cases. Before anything else, the most important component that should fit in your CPU is the motherboard. Sizes of motherboards range from 9.6″ x 9.6″ to 12″ x 9.6″. Larger motherboards are usually more popular since they offer you the possibility of adding more features. They basically have more slots.
External drives such CD/DVD drives and USB ports take up space too. If you barely use such drives, then you save on internal space. But if you do, then make sure that you have external drives in mind when choosing computer cases.
Cooling. Over-clocking your CPU and using a lot of components will result to more heat. For superior PC performance and to avoid damage to components, CPU heat should be controlled or lessened. To do this, install cooling fans inside your CPU. More cooling fans would basically mean a bigger computer case.
A sleek and thin computer case can be good to look at but for sure it will have limited components. In choosing computer cases, always consider the components you want to use and install, and how to keep these components in good working conditions. Basically, more components and PC use also means larger computer cases.