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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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    Anonymous , September 20, 2008 7:55 PM
    thanks,i hope my mum approves of my £700+ setup that i want lol ;) 
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    Marco925 , May 6, 2010 3:44 PM
    So Different compared to today's build it yourself article
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    Anonymous , December 13, 2010 5:36 PM
    y is this so hard
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    Anonymous , December 13, 2010 5:38 PM
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    Anonymous , December 13, 2010 5:43 PM
    This is is so similar compared to today's build it yourself article
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    Anonymous , March 31, 2011 7:45 AM
    This is a pretty in depth guide on how to build a computer. I found How to Build a Computer pretty useful too.
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    Anonymous , March 31, 2011 7:46 AM
    How to Build a Computer is a pretty good guide too.
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    Anonymous , August 11, 2011 12:57 AM
    My son and his friend bought the components for a gaming pc. They had XP to put on the computer but it wont load. It has Linux on it. I don't know much about this sort of thing but could it be bc the XP is already been loaded on another computer? If I can find one of our op systems software that has an extra load on it will it load on the gaming pc with no problems? Just want to be sure in case I have to drop the money for the operating system.
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    joeman99 , January 30, 2012 7:05 AM
    I always use this manual when building PCs, I never touch or buy any computer without it http://howtofixstuff.blogspot.com/2012/01/how-to-build-computer.html