Gaming Hardware Guide – Learn What It Takes To Make A Gaming Computer

So you’re into gaming, and you’re looking to turn that shabby computer into a gaming powerhouse? You don’t necessarily need an expensive gaming computer though, you just need some decent gaming hardware.

If you don’t exactly know what gaming hardware is, I’ve put together a guide explaining what it takes to have a gaming computer. You don’t necessarily need all of these components, so I’ve broken them down by level of importance.

3D Video Card

First and foremost, if you have to have a decent video card to play the latest 3D games. You can have the best computer around, but if it has a cheap video card, 3D games will appear to run as slow as if you had a slow computer. You don’t necessarily need the latest video card, because at the rate they come out it will be outdated in a few months anyway.. unless of course you have $500 burning a hole in your pocket and you really want to.


Since your CPU is the heart of the computer, this one is kind of obvious. Like most things, you don’t need the fastest CPU around, but if you want a real gaming computer, you’ll want something at or around 3 gigahertz (or 3000+ for you AMD enthusiasts).

You’ll also want something that has a fast front side bus. It’s usually best to find a motherboard and cpu that have similar front side bus speeds, because they work together, and the overall speed of the front side bus will only be as fast as the one with the slowest speed on it. It’s kind of like driving a sports car on a highway with a 55 mile per hour speed limit, the car might be able to go 155, but the highway will only let you go 55.


Also known as Ram, it’s what applications and games use to store information, the more the better. It’s good to have at least 512 Megabytes, but real gamers have 750 megabytes, to 1 Gigabyte or more. Memory is extremely cheap these days, it’s one of the cheapest and simplest upgrades you can do.

It’s not only the amount that matters though, they also come in different speeds. DDR2 is the fastest, cheapest memory you can get right now. If you have SDRam, you’ll probably want to upgrade your motherboard and CPU so you can have faster memory. It’s kind of drastic, but your games will most likely be sluggish if your equipment is that old. Regular DDR is good enough for gaming, it just doesn’t have the throughput that DDR2 does.


Today’s fastest motherboards have faster Front Side Bus. The Front Side Bus (or FSB) is essentially the highway that runs from the CPU to the Ram, the bigger the highway, the more traffic it can handle at once, making calculations faster. Another thing to watch out for is what kinds of hard drives it supports. If you want SATA or SCSI drives, either your motherboard needs to support them, or you need to purchase an expansion card to plug them into. You’ll also want a motherboard that supports the fastest computer memory you can get, which is currently DDR2.

Hard Drives

Hard drive speed may not sound important, but it can be one of many bottle necks that your computer runs into if it’s not up to par with the rest of your computer. If you purchase regular IDE hard drives, you’ll want at least 7200 rpm (rpm = rotations per minute, the more rotations the faster the drive).

If you want real speed though, you’ll want a Serial ATA hard drive (SATA), which is one of the fastest hard drives you can get without buying server grade hard drives (SCSI), which are pretty expensive. Your motherboard has to support SATA or SCSI though if you plan to purchase these kinds of hard drives, or you have to have a PCI expansion card to plug them into.

Sound Card

If you want gaming quality sound, then you definitely need to replace that stock or built in sound card for a decent gaming sound card. And if you want the full effect, go for a dolby 5.1 surround sound enabled sound card for that super crisp sound your games can produce. Mix that with some 5.1 enabled speakers, and your gaming experience just took a new turn.

Computer Cases

Ok, so computer cases aren’t that important for speed, but if you want your new gaming computer to look slick too, then you need a nice colored case. Your friends will be jealous, and you will finally be able to look at your computer and smile, because it looks so awesome.

Security and Cloud Computing

Cloud computing and its potential to offer powerful computing and data storage options to even bootstrapped small businesses at highly competitive prices have generated plenty of excitement in the industry. So much so, however, that critical questions regarding the security of the data stored “in the cloud” are often overlooked by its most enthusiastic adopters. It’s understandable, given the heavyweight names behind some of the biggest cloud computing projects in the world. (Google Apps, anyone?) If companies like Cisco and Oracle are betting their futures and fortunes on cloud computing, surely that must mean that all the kinks have been worked out already, right? Or at the very least, security must be a top priority for them as well, given their zealous approach to network security in general, and we can all enjoy the trickle-down effect of their tireless efforts to firewall our data from any and all security breaches.


Well, yes and no. Cisco CEO John Chambers admitted as much in a speech he delivered in 2009 that, while cloud computing presents innumerable opportunities, it’s also a “security nightmare.” And with good reason. Some of the security issues that cloud computing providers must address in order to allay customer fears include:

  1. Multi-tenancy issues. Cloud computing, by definition, involves shared data storage among a number of users spread across multiple companies and locations. Providers must be able to reassure corporate clients that users from another company will not be able to gain access to – accidentally or otherwise – their account and information.
  2. Data loss and recovery. What happens in the event of a catastrophe that results in data loss? Does the provider have a rigorously and regularly tested backup solution to ensure data recovery? If a problem occurs in one client’s account that results in data loss, does the provider have fail-safe systems in place to ensure that a devastating cascading effect doesn’t occur that will lead to data loss among their other clients? What if the cloud computing provider goes out of business, is bought or taken over by another company, or declares bankruptcy? How will its clients be assured that their sensitive corporate data won’t be lost in the transition or closure?
  3. Storage and hosting information. Where is the data itself physically stored? Are the servers somewhere in Silicon Valley, Chicago, or Bangalore, India? Who provides the actual hosting services? If the host provider is a third-party, has the cloud computing provider properly vetted its credentials to ensure that they adhere to industry standards for data security?
  4. Security tests and updates. How often is the software or platform updated? How often is it tested? During and after testing, does the provider have systems in place to ensure that any updates or tweaks not result in security breaches? You’ll want to make sure that unauthorized users – from your company, your provider or a third-party – don’t inadvertently gain access to your information.
  5. Compatibility of different security policies. If your company has an established security policy regarding sensitive client and corporate information, does it differ from the policy offered by the provider? Is the provider willing to meet your internal standards of security? What about third-party companies with whom the provider does business and who may be involved in some way with the service? Will they adhere to your corporate standards as well?
  6. Collaboration issues. One of the most appealing benefits of cloud computing is its ability to promote collaboration among its users, either with internal staff or external parties. Does the software or platform provider have systems in place to ensure that collaboration doesn’t compromise security?
  7. Human resource issues. Who within the provider will have access to your company information? Who is in charge of data security? Are they made available to you to discuss any concerns you may have? Can they adequately address your questions to your full satisfaction? What is their experience and background in corporate data and network security?
  8. Downtime reports and frequency. How often does the company’s servers experience downtime? Will they make their downtime reports available to you so that you can investigate the reliability of their network? Do they have systems in place to ensure that your data is secure and that no unauthorized users will have access to your account both during and after the downtime periods?
  9. Cyberattack defense. It’s inevitable that cloud computing is the next great frontier for cyberattackers salivating over the vast amounts of sensitive information concentrated in a relative handful of services, all available on the web. How does the provider plan to address potential cyberattacks, because it’s only a matter of when, not if, they’ll experience a hacking attempt on their network?

This list is just the beginning. The best cloud computing providers spend the majority of their waking hours – and I’d be willing to bet some of their dreaming hours, too – thinking about security issues and how they can be proactive in the face of increasing threats that can potentially compromise their clients’ business and destroy the trust and faith that they’ve built with their audience. It’s an ongoing conversation that we at Mothernode are excited to be a part of, and one that will be consuming our industry for the foreseeable future.

Unleash the World of Computer Graphics – Learn Computer Animation

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase computer graphics? Jurassic Park or Terminator 2 might be the answer, but there is actually more to it than these. Many enthusiasts wanted to learn computer animation, not just because it is a high paying job but it also gives them the opportunity to be part of making blockbuster movies. To be a computer graphics animator, you must be passionate on your job. It is the drive to create a stunning success that makes an animator distinguished. If you have this passion and enthusiasm to computer animation, you have to be particular on what field of study to concentrate on. There are a lot of fields where you need to learn computer animation. However, you should start from the basics and from there you can choose what you think will be your forte.

You could be a 3D modeller, a cartoon animator, a computer graphics programmer and a lot more. You might think that all of these jobs are the same, but they are not. You can take up a computer graphics course but what they teach here are only the basics. It is advisable to take another course that focuses on the field that you choose to concentrate on. Landing a computer graphics job will really be tough. Competition will be stiff and continuous search for fresh minds will be raging. Therefore, you have to scrutinize each school that offers such course. You have to choose the school that will feed you the knowledge you will need and develop your skills. Having a successful computer graphic artist that is a graduate of a particular school is a plus, so do your research on which top schools are the best.

To be best in this field, you have to practice humility. You may consider being trained by a well-known computer graphics artist or just continue studying. Self study will also be great. There are a lot of sources you can find on the Internet. Books are also available a good source. You have to put into action everything you have learned in school. Practice is all you need to make your masterpiece perfect. When you have proved yourself that you can make it, you are ready to commit to any project. Your next step now is finding the right computer graphics company. Basically, the company must give you right compensation and at the same time will give you a room for professional growth. Your learning journey should not stop with having a job. You should continue learning. Living in a world where everything is subject to change, you must also allow yourself to evolve and adapt to its demands by learning computer animation.