Assembling a Computer
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There are some steps that go into making your own computer. A computer needs a motherboard. The motherboard is the object that is going to make your computer work. Then you need a CPU (Central Process Unit) which will allow your computer to think and respond to you commands. Then you need a video card, if you dont have a video card your monitor will not work. Then you need a monitor.
The monitor is the screen that will allow you to see the work that is being done on the computer. Monitors provide a visual display of data. It looks like a television. Monitors are of different types and have different display capabilities.
Then you need a keyboard, the keyboard has all the letters of the alphabet, numbers and other keys to allow you to do your work on the computer. A lot of the keys are normally in the same space on every keyboard.
If you would like to listen to music on your computer or you will have to buy a sound card. A computer also needs memory, the more memory your computer has the faster it will work for you.
Other parts a computer needs that are optional are:
- CD-ROM - CD-ROM (Compact Disk Read Only Memory) used a laser beam to record and read data along spiral tracks on a 51/4 disk. A disk can store around 650 MB of information. CD-ROMs are normally used to store massive text data. (such as encyclopedias) which is permanently recorded and read many times. Recently CD writers have come in the market. Using a CD writer, lot of information can be written on CD-ROM and stored for future reference.
- CD-RW - Short for CD-ReWritabldisk, a type of CD disk that enables you to write onto it in multiple sessions. One of the problems with CD-R disks is that you can only write to them once. With CD-RW drives and disks, you can treat the optical disk just like a floppy or hard disk, writing data onto it multiple times.
- DVD-ROM - One of the best features of DVD-ROM drives is that they are backward-compatible with CD-ROMs. This means that DVD-ROM players can play old CD-ROMs, CD-I disks, and video CDs, as well as new DVD-ROMs. Newer DVD players can also read CDs.
- DVD-RW - Short for DVD-ReW, a re-recordable DVD format similar to DVD+RW. The data on a DVD-RW and DVD-RAM are supported by Panasonic, Toshiba, Apple Computer, Hitachi, NEC, Pioneer, Samsung and Sharp. These formats are also supported by the DVD Forum.
- Mouse – a device that controls the movement of the cursor or pointer on a display screen. A mouse is a small object you can roll along a hard, flat surface. Its name is derived from its shape, which looks a bit like a mouse, its connecting wire that one can imagine to be the mouse's tail, and the fact that one must make it scurry along a surface. As you move the mouse, the pointer on the display screen moves in the same direction. Mice contain at least one button and sometimes as many as three, which have different functions depending on what program is running. Some newer mice also include a scroll wheel for scrolling through long documents.
Here are some images showing the assembly of a computer part