Assemble your Pc and upgrade your laptops
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Assemble your Pc and upgrade your laptops

Intel and AMD year 2021

About the Book

This explains with many many photos, how to assemble and upgrade your PCs, and a bit about your laptops.

About the Author

Carles Mateo
Carles Mateo

I’m Carles Mateo, since January 2020 working as Operations Engineer for Blizzard Entertainment in Cork, Ireland.

Previously worked as Cloud Architect and SDM for Sanmina, in Ireland and United States, where I created and I did lead a Python and C project for a Storage Manager for our 4U Cold Storage Servers 1PB and 2U SSD and 1U NVMe with NICs up to 2x100Gbps, which will restore redundancy in the RAID when a drive dies, very quickly, using ZFS and DRAID.

I helped several multinationals:

  • Volkswagen IT (gedas) where I got promoted to head of department of Reusability and Code Components and previously I lead the SEAT's Intranet project, I solved TCP/Ip transmission problems in project PortIc for Barcelona's port (EDI Transfer), I created a project to transfer warranty documents over Web and TCP/IP instead of X.25 expensive lines, and worked for CaixaBank (formerly "la caixa") creating a Documentum solution programing the GUI and DLL's.
  • Winterthur Insurance (Axa) where I was Senior PM and I lead both technically and in functionally, the project to deploy a new Contact Center Software, the e-Commerce web platform and the insurance of health policies (special Data treatment)
  • BBVA Tickets where I was responsible of the platform (Sun Solaris and Oracle)

I worked a lot for CSP (Cloud Service Providers) and ISP, in Linux.

Also I helped many Start ups, e-Commerces, Online travel agencies... as CTO or in hands on positions leading teams and coding myself, in Software Development, SRE and Operation roles.

I was one of the 5 Senior BackEnds that wrote Privalia's new multi-country Website, from the scratch, with inheritance, and I lead a KPI Dashboards for CEO, really learning the internals of all the areas of the company through the data.

The last company I was CTO for, in Barcelona, was sold to airbnb for 45 million euros.

My friends say that everything I touch turns into gold, and my very good friend Jaume (R.I.P.) used to say that I was the most brutal technical guy, solving all the difficult technical issues easily, that he ever met. I've very grateful thoughts and memories for all the people that did speak up how well they considered me, and that were fair Other people tried to take advantage by never telling me how good and helpful I was, so they could pay me less. What they didn't know is that I always had offers paying me double, and I was choosing to help them.

Now I only accept fair agreements. I know my value.

I started programming when I was 5 years old, at 10 I won a contest at Spanish State level, getting a Pc with a green phosphorescent monitor and a floppy drive, and I've lived the times of the BBS, much before Internet.

I've coded many Freeware Software, and Open Source Software, and I created the first system in Europe to sell Tickets for musical events, in 1995, for Tick Tack Ticket. I created this e-Commerce engine, with render template system completely in C, cgi-bin, HTML.

I love Software and Hardware.

I've worked with C, Java, PHP, Python... and my knowledge of PHP Unit Testing really reached its best when I was working for a bank.

I've invented the CSort algorithm.

In my free time I teach some students to get pro in coding. Most of my time now I work with Python 3, Docker Containers and Linux.

You can find information about me in my blog.

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Table of Contents

  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction 5
  • Tools 5
  • Hardware 7
  • Understanding the costs 7
  • Understanding why you want that computer for 8
  • Do you want a computer to play videogames and enjoying the experience to the max?. 8
  • Do you want a computer to work with common LibreOffice, Google Docs, or Microsoft Documents? 8
  • Buying your material in Cork 9
  • Prepare the list of Hardware carefully 9
  • Hardware Checklist 10
  • Practical case: a Video games workstation, AMD Based 10
  • Practical case: a ZFS Storage Server, Intel Based 12
  • Selecting the Graphic Card 14
  • Selecting the motherboard 15
  • Installing the memory 18
  • Installing the memory by Pictures 21
  • Installing the CPU 30
  • Release the metal lock on the CPU socket 31
  • Installing the CPU refrigerator 42
  • Installing the NVMe drive or M.2 SATA drive 51
  • Installing an M.2 57
  • Installing an NVMe 59
  • Attaching the cables from the Tower to the Motherboard 67
  • The System Panel LEDS 75
  • Type of Slots 82
  • Installing the video card (GPU) 83
  • Installing the PSU 94
  • Attempting first power up 104
  • Liquid refrigeration 109
  • Installing a cooler Coolermaster for Intel CPUs 109
  • Quiz: Watch this image. Do you see anything wrong? 110
  • Types of Hard drives 111
  • Interesting gadgets 112
  • External USB case for Hard drives 112
  • External USB base for Hard Drives 112
  • KVM Switch 112
  • DIY: Adding a Storage Enclosure 113
  • Adding an HBA Controller PCI 113
  • Assembling the UPS 121
  • Adding an internal hot swap drives case 124
  • Icy Dock MB326SP-B SATA Black disk array - disk arrays (HDD, SSD, Serial ATA III, Black, HDD, Power) Uses 1 5.25” Bay 124
  • Upgrading your laptop 126
  • Upgrading HP 14-bp060sa (2019 model) 126
  • Troubleshooting Hardware Problems 133
  • Assembling problems 133
  • Pc not starting 133
  • System hang 134
  • Weird things 134
  • Horror histories 134
  • My experience as technician in a small store in Barcelona 24 years ago 135

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