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So I was cleaning the inside of my pc today - giving it a good dusting with can air (dare I ask how many do that to keep it clean?). I got to thinking how many know what the parts look like? You hear us talk about RAM or Hard Drives but you know what they look like or where they generally are? So I broke out my camera and here is a map of my pc. Now granted you may or may not have some of the items I have and they maybe in a slightly different spot but atleast this gives you a general idea.

1. Power pack for the pc (kinda have to look hard) it has a big fan on the bottom of it
2. CPU with the heat sink fan over it to keep it cool - CPU is UNDER the fan (this is the brains of the computer and will get very hot)
3. RAM - there are 4 sticks of RAM there (groups of two - long skinny bars)
4. ATX power supply cables that power everything to the motherboard
5. DVD players/burners (there are two of them one on top)
6. SATA cables
7. IDE connector (another way to connect the HD and burners)
8. inside the box (see the white) is a card reader - for those memory sticks like for a camera
9. Hard Drives (I have two of them)
10. fan (there are two there)
11. SATA connectors on the motherboard
12. Motherboard (that whole big brown board in the back is the MB)
13. TV Tuner card that allows me to watch TV on my computer
14. PCI slots for additional cards
15. Video card (so I can run dual monitors or play the faster games)
16. power pack for my light kit
17. North Bridge heat sink it helps to disburse the heat from the motherboard
18. Fan
19. Keyboard and Mouse connection

So here are some additonal pics but from different angles. The numbers are the same as above:

Back of PC ........................................Front of PC

and here it is all hooked up.

So if you have any questions on what does a part do - ask away

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Re: Computer Guts

oh yay! great job. I have always wanted a cheat sheet for all the inards of the computer! I have sooo much to learn, thanks again for posting

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Re: Computer Guts

Laughing @ so much to learn...I think you can def teach quite a bit.
I was just cleaning out my pc and my kids ask all the time what is that for so I figured I would do a thread on it - since I had it all open and everything.

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Re: Computer Guts

Yeah you were just showing off some of your awesome computer components thats all ! Tongue

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Re: Computer Guts

Yeah that is it, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
I figured most have never seen the inside of a computer let alone dared to unscrrew the back of their tower to look inside (or clean). I thought this would give them a idea of what one looked like in general. But yes my computer ROCKS Tongue
If I was bragging I would have listed the parts it detail not just general. ;-)

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