Homework 2

Purpose: Meet the hardware

The easy way to get accustomed with the hardware structure of a computer is to design and build one yourself.
The task is to put together a list of parts that will fit together. Our virtual store is www.newegg.com.
The first step is to select a motherboard. This is done based on its size, number and type of extension and memory slots, supported CPU family, built-in components (video, sound, network, etc).

1. Browse the available motherboards and look at the specs. Find one that will take an Intel Pentium I5 CPU, has an ATX form factor (compare different form factors and see if there is any connection to the number of extension slots), and has built-in network and sound interfaces. Try to find more detailed specifications on the manufacturer's website.

2. Browse some CPUs that will work with the motherboard. Pay attention to the socket type, amount of cache, and clock. Pick one of them.

3. Search for memory modules that will fit your motherboard. Check specifications as the number of pins, parity, if the module is buffered, speed, voltage.

4. Find a video card based on an NVIDIA GeForce GPU that will work with the motherboard. Be careful about the slot type and the monitor connectors.

5. Decide on a SATA harddrive that can be used with your system. What criteria would you have in mind to select a good harddrive?

6. Get a case that will be able to host your system. Check if it takes the size of motherboard you have, if it has a power supply (if not pick a separate power supply), what's the total power and the type of connectors on the power supply (does it fit the motherboard?).

7. Pick a monitor that will work with the video card. What's the difference between a DVI and a SVGA connector? What about HDMI?

8. Decide on the rest of the components: mouse, keyboard, CD drive. Pay attention at the type of connectors they have and check if your system matches them.