Process Analysis: How to build a computer Essay

1571 Words Mar 6th, 2014 7 Pages
How to Build a Computer from scratch

Every fully functioning computer is made of the same basic components and here I’ll walk through the basic hardware you'll need for your first build. There are several components a computer. However, it’s important to first understand what each component does.
The processor (CPU) is like the brain of a computer, the thing that carries out the tasks you give it. Better CPUs can perform more tasks at once, and perform them faster. Not everyone takes full advantage of their processor's full speed, so the high-end processers are only really needed if you're performing intensive things like gaming or video editing. It's also one of the most expensive parts of a computer, so if you aren't doing these
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Your hard drives are what store all of your data, ranging from your operating system to your documents, music, and movies. If the RAM is your computer's short-term memory, your hard drive is the long-term memory. It stores the things you want to keep around for a while.
An optical drive, more commonly known as a CD or DVD drive is what you'll use to read CDs, DVDs, and even Blu-Ray discs. Not everyone needs an optical drive in his/her computer, but you’ll need one to install anything from a disc. The final major component you’ll need is the power supply. This does just as the name implies, it powers the computer. Depending on what you plan on using the computer for will determine the “size” of power supply you’ll need. Just as I said with picking the case, wait to pick this out until you figure out how much power you’ll need.
Now that I’ve told you about all the components that make up a computer it’s time to start deciding which to use. While deciding make sure you read everything because you’ll need to make sure everything is compatible. Now that you've bought all your components, it's time for the moment of truth: You're ready to actually put together the machine. Assembling your computer can seem daunting, but it's actually pretty easy. Here's what you need to do.
To start, open up your case's box, take out the case, and
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