The common computer as we know it today is a modularized unit containing off the shelf parts to make up an entire computer unit called a desktop computer. The construction of such a device is actually quite simple and requires no soldering or intuitive electronic construction whatsoever.
To start of you will need:
- Screw Driver (Phillips Head)
- An electrostatic grounding device (Screw Driver!)
- A Lego minded intuition.
Some common factors involved in building the computer of choice also include:
- A friendly hand from the computer dealer
- Pulling apart an existing computer
Building a PC (personal computer) requires you to firstly purchase or source a motherboard. The motherboard is what electronic designers call the main component of electronics in a larger system that host/accommodates the 'daughter boards', which are other boards that either slot into, attach or wired to a mother board. In the case of a personal computer the motherboard contains everything from the CPU to the external connections to peripherals items like storage devices. Thankfully today's motherboards are now starting to become amalgamations of what use to be contained on daughter boards. Today your average PC motherboard contains all of the controlling hardware for your modem, through to video output. So all that is needed is the purchase of a compatible CPU and RAM for the particular motherboard in question.
Once the CPU and RAM are installed, power needs to be applied to the unit. Thankfully a modular PComputer Power Supply unit can be sought off the shelf too. Such a unit plugs in to the motherboard, and once tested if working with a monitor and keyboard plugged into the motherboard, the first signs of life in your PC can be seen.
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