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Learn More About PC Parts & Peripherals

Learn More About PC Parts & Peripherals

Additional Drive
Cache
CD-ROM Drive
CDRW
Chassis Type
Color
Drive Bays
DVD Drive
Expansion Slots
Front Port Option
Graphics Cards
Hard Drives
Memory
Modem
Network Adapter
Operating System
Other Ports
Processor
Software
Sound Card
USB ports
Zip Drive

PC Peripherals
Keyboard            Mouse
Monitor            Speakers

PC Accessories Additional Drive - Any PC that gives you the ability to add, swap out or replace existing drives with DVD, CDRW and other drives.
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Cache - A component of your PC or laptop designed to speed up access to previously used data. The access rate depends on design and the size of cache in relation to the main memory.
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CD-ROM Drive - A device that is used to run software on a PC and play music. They are rated by their speeds. Models usually start at 32x for around $000 and increase in both speed and price.
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CDRW - A version of the CD-ROM Drive that allows users to archive large amounts of data on a single disk. A single CD-R can hold over 450 floppy discs worth of data. Ideal for backing up your hard drive, large files or creating music CDs.
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Chassis Type - Look for units that give you easy access to ports, memory and drive bays. This lets you upgrade components quickly and easily. Some even have sliding doors that cover connectors and drives when not in use.
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Color - Now you can personalize your PC to add a more customized look to your office. You’ll find cool colors like Titanium Gray, Cobalt Blue, Xenon Purple and Krypton Green.
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Drive Bays - An opening in your PC or laptop that allows you add components like DVD Drives and CDRWs.
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DVD Drive - A device with increased capacity over CD-ROM Drives. Ideal for both entertainment and computer use, DVD drives are compatible with CD-ROMs. DVDs use the latest technology for better multi-media gaming and DVD movies.
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Expansion Slots - An opening in your PC or Laptop that let you easily add different devices like sound cards.
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Front Port Option - An option that gives you front access to ports usually only found in the back of the CPU. The front ports make it easy to connect transient peripherals (e.g., digital cameras, joysticks) and keep cable clutter to a minimum.
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Graphics Cards - A circuit board used to provide faster 3D acceleration for gaming and higher fill rates for more realistic graphics. Higher-end cards can provide for an amazing visual experience.
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Hard Drives - Used to store documents and files right "on the PC." A high performance hard drive can increase PC systems performance by up to 30% and are more than 50% faster than standard hard drives of the same size.
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Memory - Allows you to run multiple applications, switch between them in an instant and lets software run faster.
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Modem - An electronic device that, when used with different software, allows you to "dial-up" to the Internet, use email and send a fax. There are a few types of modems, the most popular are 56K, Cable and DSL. A 56K modem gives you fast data access for faster downloads from the Web and e-mail. Cable and DSL modems connect to the Internet with higher speed and without the need for dialing up to get service. DSL can replace dial-up connections to the Internet in areas where service is available.
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Network Adapter - A circuit board that allows a PC or laptop to be connected to a network of other PCs. Some can also be used for connecting the latest, high-speed modems (e.g., external DSL or cable modems) to your computer.
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Operating System - The central program on a computer that allows all the input, output and other tasks to take place. Can be thought of as the "brains" of the computer.
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Other Ports - Additional outlets or ports that make it possible to connect peripherals like digital cameras and joysticks.
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Processor - Also know as "CPU" or "microprocessor." Contains all the instructions that can be computed, or "processed" by the PC or laptop. When you see terms like 600MHz, this refers to the clock speed or how many instructions per second the processor can handle.
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Software - Certain software packages are available and can be preloaded onto your BTO PC or laptop.
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Sound Card - Provides high-quality sound and is ideal for multimedia applications, music and gaming.
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USB ports - Stands for "Universal Serial Bus." A port that makes it easy to connect peripherals such as keyboards, mice, and modems.
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Zip Drive - An extremely easy-to-use device that lets you back-up your files, images, photos, multimedia files and other important documents. Can be installed internally or externally and the disks are portable so you can exchange data with other PCs and laptops. Can be up to 4 times faster writing data than CD-RW Drives.
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PC Peripherals
Keyboard - Used to input characters into a PC and to control PC functions and peripherals. There are different keyboards available for different uses. Some models allow you to connect peripherals directly to them and others offer quick-buttons that give instant Internet access and other one-touch commands.
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Monitor -A very important component to any PC. Available in different screen sizes and come in colors and designs that will match your PC. Some other options include; flat screens, integrated stands, front controls and super-thin designs.
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Mouse - Use to select, move and change items on the screen. Look for the one that is most comfortable for you. Different types are available and include; multi-button, optical (wheel-less), roller ball and cordless models.
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Speakers - Can be used to provide the ultimate multi-media, gaming and music experience. Some systems provide surround sound and can be used to create a stereo of your PC. Certain models are made to attach to specific monitors and PCs.
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