Chapter 1 : Computer Anatomy by ulrikov
I know everyone is excited on this new segment. I will try to keep things very simple, even a grade school student may understand this. For Enthusiasts, do understand that this guide is not for Pro's and some technical knowledge may be simplified or engineered to fit the common PC Newbie.
First off, let's get to know the computer components. In this chapter, we shall see a bird's eye view on the different hardware parts of the basic computer. Try to look at the diagram below to see the layout in the computer.
Basically, these are the major components that make the system unit of the basic computer run. There are other components which may be added like aftermarket sound cards, optical drives and the like but ultimately, the ones above are the things that you need to make your computer run. Let's try to dissect them one by one. Detailed information will be catered on the next chapters of this guide. As for now, let's get things rolling with the simple overview.
Basic Computer Parts
The Power Supply is the heart of the Computer. It is basically the one that provides "power" to the entire system. It's too easy to remember... "Power Supply - supplies the power" (Yeah, I know it's sounds redundant).
Others call this the Central Processing Unit. I like to call it the "processor" only. What does it do? Simple... It processes every bit of information. It's basically the brain of the PC.
This is a bit different from what you see in mobile phones. To put it very simple...The memory handles data to be processed before it goes to the CPU.
The eyes of the computer. You want your computer to run smooth on games and graphics, you need a decent video card.
Basically this thing right here holds every other internal component of the PC. The word you are going to look for when choosing a motherboard is "compatibility". The motherboard (or simply "mobo") is responsible for communication between other parts of the PC. I'll give a more detailed look into this later.
Hard Disk Drive
Some people call this the HDD. This is where your files will be stored. This is equivalent to the Micro SD Card of your mobile phone.
So far, are you still with me?... I've set the important things in BOLD letters for you to easily pick up. Let's do a recap.
Power Supply - powers the entire unit
Processor - processes every bit of information
Memory Stick - handles data before it dumps into the CPU
Video Card - makes games and graphics run smoothly
Motherboard - holds everything in place and communicating channel of internal parts
Hard Disk - file storage
Got it? Good!
Lets go to the other components. The other things are pretty basic. I probably shouldn't even touch them. I'm guessing you know them already.
Keyboard and Mouse
I think you already what these are. These are your common tools where you click and type. If you don't know these, that's the one you're holding right now. :)
Where you see your display. That's the thing that looks like a T.V. It's the big flat thing in front of you.
This is where you put your DVDs, CDs, or Blu-ray Disc in. Basically it comes in different types but does exactly the same. Plays external media.
UPS or AVR
These are voltage protection devices. In some countries, they don't use this. But in my case, this is a must for your computer to protect it from sudden power surges.
Got it? Alright, let's get into the other chapters and tackle these things one by one.
NEXT PAGE: Processor (CPU)
1. Computer Anatomy
6. Hard Disk Drive
7. Power Supply