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Explaining Computer Hardware

What do you think when you hear the words "computer hardware"?

Most people would probably respond with "that's too difficult to learn" or "I should leave that up to the experts." Luckily, understanding computer hardware is not that difficult, and this article will be breaking down the basics of what you need to know for your general computer hardware knowledge and understanding. So what comes first in explaining computer hardware?

First comes our computer case. This is what will house and store all of our other components, and provide the wiring from our motherboard to the power switch on the case, allowing us to power on and run electricity through the entire system. Next we have our motherboard, this is like the brain of the computer. It attaches to the back plate of the computer case with just a few screws, and all other components will connect to the motherboard, which will then tell those hardware components how they should operate and function. After the motherboard comes the CPU, or central processing unit. This would be the actual mind of the computer. The CPU is a small square, only about an inch or two across, and this clamps right down on top of motherboard.

Now, the motherboard directs the traffic of all the other hardware, but the CPU directs the motherboard, and this is where all of the processes are performed. After the CPU we have the hard drive, this simply sits in the allotted housing in the computer case, and connects to the motherboard through a cable. The hard drive stores all information and programs for the computer, and is your main storage unit for all of your data. RAM is the next crucial component, and this provides the "speed" to your computer. It stores random data, and allows you to access it quickly. Installation of this is as easy as putting a rectangle into a slot and clicking it in. Finally, we have the video card, and this allows us to interact with what is going on in the computer by putting it on a screen for us, this installs right onto the motherboard, and then is secured against the back of the computer case with one screw.

Now you know the basics of computer hardware knowledge and computer hardware has been explained out, at least in its most elementary form. From this knowledge you can grow and expand your basic understanding, and get to know these beautiful machines even better.


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