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[GUIDE] PC Parts and what they do

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PC Parts and what they do



PC components
  • CPU
  • Motherboard
  • Video Card
  • GPU
  • RAM
  • PSU
  • Hard Disk Drive
  • SSD
  • Cases


-CPU - Central processing unit - A central processing unit, also referred to as a central processor unit, is the hardware within a computer that carries out the instructions of a computer program by performing the basic arithmetical, logical, and input/output operations of the system.


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A Intel CPU


-Motherboard - A motherboard (sometimes alternatively known as the main board, system board, planar board or logic board, or colloquially, a mobo) is the main printed circuit board (PCB) found in computers and other technological systems. It holds many of the crucial electronic components of the system, such as the central processing unit (CPU) and memory, and provides connectors for other peripherals.


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A motherboard labeled


- Video card - Not a GPU - A video card (also called a video adapter, display card, graphics card, graphics board, display adapter or graphics adapter) is an expansion card which generates a feed of output images to a display. Most video cards offer various functions such as accelerated rendering of 3D scenes and 2D graphics, MPEG-2/MPEG-4 decoding, TV output, or the ability to connect multiple monitors (multi-monitor).


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A Radeon Video card


- GPU - Graphics processing unit - A graphics processing unit, also occasionally called visual processing unit (VPU), is a specialized electronic circuit designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the building of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display.



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A Nvidia GPU



- RAM - Random-access memory - Random-access memory, is a form of computer data storage. A random-access device allows stored data to be accessed directly in any random order. In contrast, other data storage media such as hard disks, CDs, DVDs and magnetic tape, as well as early primary memory types such as drum memory, read and write data only in a predetermined order, consecutively, because of mechanical design limitations.



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- PSU - Power Supply Unit - A power supply unit (PSU) converts mains AC to low-voltage regulated DC power for the internal components of a computer. Modern personal computers universally use a switched-mode power supply. Some power supplies have a manual selector for input voltage, while others automatically adapt to the supply voltage.


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A PSU with cover removed



- HDD - Hard Disk Drives - A hard disk drive, is a data storage device used for storing and retrieving digital information using rapidly rotating discs (platters) coated with magnetic material. An HDD retains its data even when powered off. Data is read in a random-access manner, meaning individual blocks of data can be stored or retrieved in any order rather than just sequentially. An HDD consists of one or more rigid ("hard") rapidly rotating discs (platters) with magnetic heads arranged on a moving actuator arm to read and write data to the surfaces.



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- SSD - A solid-state drive (SSD) (also known as a solid-state disk or electronic disk, though it contains no actual "disk" of any kind) is a data storage device using integrated circuit assemblies as memory to store data persistently. SSD technology uses electronic interfaces compatible with traditional block input/output (I/O) hard disk drives.


- Case/ Computer case - A computer case is also known as a "computer chassis", "tower", "system unit", "base unit" or simply "case". Also sometimes incorrectly referred to as the "CPU" or "hard drive", it is the enclosure that contains most of the components of a computer (factors typically specify only the internal dimensions and layout of the case. Form factors for rack-mounted and blade servers may include precise external dimensions as well, since these cases must themselves fit in specific enclosures.



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A case (In parts)




This is work in progress info mainly sourced from wikipedia

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This post is just a copy-paste job from Wikipedia. If you're trying to put together a computer and can't use Google you shouldn't be putting together a computer.


It isn't even formatted well.


-CPU - Central processing unit - A central processing unit (CPU), also referred to as a central processor unit


RAM - Random-access memory - Random-access memory (RAM)

About as redundant as can be.


And putting down a difference between a GPU and a video card? They're the same damn thing. Your post makes it seem as if a GPU is always specifically referring to the processor on a graphics card but in the same calls it a circuit. A video card and a graphics card do the exact same thing. Therefore, they are the same.

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No offence but this pretty terrible tbh. The presentation is bad, You could have made it a bit nicer with some banners and headers. Plus it's just a copy and paste job from Wikipedia which anyone could do. You yourself have no idea what you are doing, Like Pico said you differentiated between a GPU and a video card which are exactly the same thing. It just seems like a on-the spot job. Also I don't think the information you gave would be of use to anyone.


Request a lock and go and prepare it up and do a lot of research. You could have given us the first Processor, The different manufacturers, An FAQ column, How to find out if you can run a game and so many more things could have been implemented. But you failed to do so, I wish you Good Luck with the guide if you are re-doing it next time. smile.gif

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To be blunt, this is just a terrible effort all around. You've clearly just copied and pasted everything and the pictures you included of the components are years out of date. Furthermore, this is rather redundant. Everything you've covered here I've already covered in my topic.

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This is work in progress


May I point you in the direction of the quoted text i typed

First off, all of this is covered in Ryan's topic, with up-to-date information and parts.


Second, why would you make a topic like this if it's not finished yet?

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