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The Components of a PC

The case. That (usually) beige steel or aluminium box that millions of computers are housed in. You mean you didn't know that they come in all shapes and sizes (and colours even)? Read on...

The motherboard. Sometimes also called a mainboard (in the States). This is the single large circuit board that accommodates all the other bits. It is the central hub to which all other components are joined. More...

The heart of your computer: the processor (also called the CPU, the chip). A bit like your car engine, you get faster or slower ones. Faster ones are more money. Slower ones (these days) perform adequately. Two main manufacturers, with a couple of specialist providers too...

I can't remember...oh yes! Memory. More is better, so size does matter in this case. Competing standards exists so you need to choose the right sort. Find out here...

Sound card. Of course if want your PC to be totally silent, and many business computers are, then you can just skip the sound card all together. No beeps, burps, chimes or music. On the other hand...

Video Graphics card. I'm afraid all computers need one of these, even if it's already an integral part of the motherboard. This single component probably has the widest price range out of all the components used to make a PC. Find out why...

Joining more than one computer together? Then you need a network card, even if you intend to go wireless. Very simple (and cheap) and definitely worth it if you intend sharing Internet connections, Printers or files...

Storing your data is done on hard disks, also called hard drives. Yes, you also have a floppy drive too, but it's not used that much these days.

Last but certainly not least, you need a computer monitor, you know, the thing you actually look at. They have tumbled in price recently, so there's no excuse not to get a good one. Or even a flat, thin one...

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