upgrade options. This means that any major new computer upgrade tends to require a new motherboard with it, and this brings a whole new set of complications. You can upgrade or add new memory modules without causing so much as a blip, but trying to upgrade a motherboard is almost certain to cause your computer to stop booting altogether. Many have tried, and many have been greeted with the cold gasp of the Blue Screen of Death for their efforts. Power Supply One of the most important (and often overlooked) components in any computer is the power supply. The power supply is the one component you don’t want to cut corners on. An insufficient power supply can result in reduced performance (or none at all) for important components such as video cards and processors.
clock, the computer can perform an action of some type. When looking for a computer you will hear terms like “Intel Core i5”, “Intel Core i7” and others – referring to the speed and capacity of the CPU chip – the higher the number the faster your computer will process information. For example, if your CPU chip is rated 2 GHz, it can perform actions at 2 billion times a second. Without the CPU, you have no computer and it cannot be upgraded or replaced – if this part dies, so does your computer! Motherboard A computer’s motherboard, the backplane of circuits, ports and slots that allows the processor to communicate with all the other hardware, is arguably the most important component in an entire PC. Besides linking hardware together, it also acts as the focal point for the operating system, allowing it access to all the hardware components.
Its Whats Inside that counts When someone tells you that “You need a RAM upgrade” or “Your Power Supply is over heating” what does it really mean? In this article we’ll be taking a look at what’s inside the box – the bits that make it tick, and how you can make sure your computer is running to the best of its ability.
A motherboard can come in many configurations to fit different needs and budgets. At its most basic, it has several interfaces for necessary components and numerous microchips that control computer startup. They also impact the amount and type of RAM (see below) that users can install in a computer. Sadly, with the constant pace of change in the IT markets, motherboards become outdated very quickly when it comes to
The Central Processing Unit or Processor The Central Processing Unit (CPU) is the “brain” of the computer; it is the ‘compute’ in computer. The CPU (or sometimes called the ‘Processor’) is a small chip inside the computer box that does the computer’s “thinking”. Each CPU has an internal clock which determines how fast the CPU can process data. At each tick of its internal Above: The CPU (or Processor) is considered the “brains” of your computer
Above: The Motherboard is the hub that connects all of the hardware of your computer together, allowing it all to communicate
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