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Standard Components Of A PC System, Continued

Building Your Own PC, Part 1: Know-How for Do-It-Yourselfers
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Graphics card

CD-ROM or DVD drive

Floppy disk drive, if needed

The following items shouldn't be forgotten:

  • Monitor
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse

These components are necessary to run the new computer, including its operating system (e.g., Windows, Linux).

Extra Options For Special Applications

Depending on what you'll be using your PC for, you might need the following components as well; please note, though, that this list is by no means complete:

Application Required components
Internet access Modem, ISDN card, or network card (if using DSL)
Gaming and Music Sound card and loudspeakers
CD recording, archiving CD recorder, ZIP drive
Network Network card (Ethernet)
Digital camera Either a motherboard with integrated USB, or separate USB card
Video Editing & Camcorder Video capture card with IEEE1394/FireWire (i-Link) interface, if possible
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