A Guide to Computer HardwareWritten on July 31, 2006 by
Today, computers are found in over 80% of American households. Nearly every mall and major electronics store makes computer shopping as accessible as buying a new toaster. However, a computer is significantly more complicated than your average toaster! I speak with a dozen people each day who are trying to make sense of Gigahertz, Wattages, Decibels, and everything in between.
Welcome to Computer Hardware 101, a basic overview of what-is-what in computers. Hopefully this article will leave you with a basic understanding of the nuts and bolts of your typical computer hardware, and equip you to make informed decisions about what you need in your next computer. Here's a short list of questions that I hope this article will help you answer:
- What do all the part numbers mean?
- What does each piece of hardware do? Which parts are right for you?
- How can you figure out the bottlenecks in your current system?
- Hard Drive
- Video Card
- Sound Card
- Power Supply
- Disk Drives
- Cooling Systems
- Final Thoughts