The Basics of Computer Hardware

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Basics of computer hardware

The Basics of Computer Hardware
By: Stephen Lomangino
Dr. Fahey
ITT-Technical Institute: College of Information Technology

Abstract
This paper identifies the many different parts a computer needs to operate and perform basic tasks. Among these are the motherboard, central processing unit (CPU), and random access memory (RAM). While these components are somewhat mandatory for computer performance this paper will also cover optional pieces of hardware that can improve quality and speed of the computer. These can include graphics processing units (GPU) and additional RAM. All parts of the computer can be upgraded but one must take into consideration the size and airflow capabilities of the computer case to be sure that all upgrades will fit without getting too hot or crowded. If the case were to get too hot the CPU could overheat and shut down the computer. Due to this possible situation this paper will go over the special precautions that must be made to accommodate the size and heat generation of upgraded hardware.

The Basics of Computer Hardware Building a computer is similar to building a house, first you build the foundation then everything gets built on top of it. Instead of building on concrete, the foundation for a computer is the case and the motherboard. The case is equivalent to the walls and ceiling of the house, once you have those you can put any other amenities into the house as needed. Computer cases come in many different sizes and colors and one must be chosen to fit the needs of all the other hardware. According to Chambers (2008) “You can choose from three standard types of cases: pizza‐ and shoe‐box, desktop, and tower” (Chapter 3, para. 6). For a computer that is going to be used primarily for word processing and office type applications a smaller, mid-tower or pizza-box…...

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