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 also worked for Volkswagen IT, Winterthur Insurance (Axa), or BBVA Tickets and several CSP, Start ups, Online travel agencies, eCommerce…. in hands on positions leading teams and coding myself, in Software Development, SRE and Operations roles.

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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