• 7 Basic Computer Parts

    by Jacky • January 7, 2008 • Computer Help • 15 Comments

    DDR Ram sticks

    RAM – is the component in the computer that stores information the computer needs while it is operating. It is Random Access because the computer can get the data in any order, not necessarily the order in which it is stored. Generally speaking, the more RAM the better. 512 to 1024 megabytes or 1 gigabyte, is common for memory. However, some of the fastest and powerful computers will have two 1024 megabytes sticks and more. The most common type of RAM these days is DDR-SDRAM, which stands for double-data-rate synchronous dynamic random access memory. We already know what the RAM part means. DDR means that the data is accessed twice as fast as ordinary RAM. The latest type of most used RAM is DDR2, but use of DDR3 is on the rise. DDR2 (soon to be DDR3), offers even faster access rates and is quickly becoming the standard for computer memory. Ram upgrades for faster speeds and more capacity is one of the most popular computer performance enhancement. Again , when it comes to upgrading ram in a computer, the ram must be compatible with the motherboard in order to operate correctly.

    Hard Drive

    Hard Disk Drive- All the data contained in RAM is lost when the computer is turned off, which is why it is known as dynamic ram. Since ram loses it’s data when the computer is shut down , there has to be a place to store the data permanently. This is where the hard disk comes in. The hard disk drive or “hard drive” is an encased unit of disks that look like cds, that stores data and provides relatively quick access to large amounts of data as requested by computer programs. The hard disk holds the computer’s operating system. An operating system like Windows XP can use around 200 megabytes of hard drive space and Windows Vista needs around 15 gigabytes of hard drive space. The remaining extra space is used to install computer programs and to store your personal data. 80 gigabyte hard drives are common, but 400 GB units and above are available. The larger hard drives like 200 GB and more are especially needed for backup of pictures, videos and personal files for today’s computer systems. In addition, you can install more than 1 hard drive in a computer case for added disk space, security and convenience.

    Now that we have the essentials that make up a computer, besides the keyboard, mouse and monitor, all that is needed are the peripherals like speakers and other devices to fully customize your computer for use.

    This is one of a series of computer help information, so check back as we continue to bring more data about computers!

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    15 Responses to 7 Basic Computer Parts

    1. Sheila
      September 28, 2009 at 7:12 am

      I stripped a computer power cord. Is the bright goldish looking color made up of brass or cooper?


    2. Jacky
      October 8, 2009 at 3:52 pm

      There are so many “computer cords” made all over the world. It would be inaccurate to try and determine the composition of any component or cable without knowing all of it’s characteristics, such as manufacturer, date of manufacture and other info. The power cord used on many computers today are quite universal and are used on other devices.

      January 22, 2010 at 6:29 am

      thanks for your co-operation over internet

    4. February 21, 2010 at 11:58 pm

      how to do prepare that laptop particles.can you show me that particle settings please how to design that particles.how to run that system show me then i will prepare that settings.

    5. June 6, 2010 at 2:30 pm

      Nice post, found your blog the other day on Yahoo you seem to talk a lot of sense!

    6. Erkki B Mayora
      October 14, 2010 at 8:29 am

      i am a presently a student of the University Of Belize. I am trying to build my own compute4r but i need to know exactly how and were the parts go and stuff like that. i have all the parts needed but i still cant make it work. can you please send me a diagram or something that would help me.? thanks a lot.

    7. Jacky
      October 15, 2010 at 12:36 pm

      Will be posting a diagram this weekend! Hope it will be helpful in your endeavor. Check back with Techmotion1.com shortly for a diagram of pc layout!

    8. January 17, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      Perfect work you have done, this site is really cool with excellent info .

    9. Ray
      March 9, 2011 at 6:16 am

      I think I don’t need to ask pc experts with this info.

    10. GK
      March 17, 2011 at 8:16 am

      you can buy all the components parts of a computer online or any outlet.
      Make sure that you are buying a genuine components and are sealed.

    11. kate
      May 19, 2012 at 1:21 am

      like the service that is provided

    12. shafi khan
      June 10, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      i want to know very deeply about computer parts

    13. hansraj
      May 29, 2014 at 3:02 am

      i have computer nolej so you have nolej me computer parts names

    14. George William
      October 18, 2014 at 2:33 am

      what is the name of the liquid/paste on top of the CPU

    15. Jacky
      October 19, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      Thank you for visiting. The paste that you are asking about is thermal compound, thermal grease or thermal paste, to use a few names. It is used on the cpu between the heatsink and fan to allow the heat from cpu to transfer to heatsink properly.

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