Building A PC For Beginners
Definitions for building your first computer.
AGP card and slot: Accelerated Graphics Port, a high speed video card, requiring a dedicated port. See Parts of the Motherboard.
BIOS: Basic Input Output System, its program controls keyboard, monitor, disk drives, and keeps track of hardware settings. Controls the boot sequence.
Booting up: starting your computer and its operating system.
Bundled: parts sold together as a group. For instance, motherboard and chip sold together; or CPU, heatsink, and fan.
Burn-in: a test period, usually 24 to 72 hours, where equipment has electrical current applied continuously.
Case exhaust fan: fan that draws air from inside the case, is separate from power supply fan.
Celeron: brand of CPU sold by Intel
CPU: Central Processing Unit, the microprocessor, now made by Intel or AMD. See Installing the CPU.
DOS Shell: a user interface that made MS-DOS easier to cope with. A mouse could be used to select commands from a menu.
Heatsink and fan: cooling apparatus for the CPU. Heatsink is usually a finned aluminum block. Fan sits on top of it.
Motherboard: the mainboard, into which all other devices feed info. See Parts of the Motherboard.
PCI card and slot: Peripheral Component Interconnect, most expansion cards, for sound, video capture, additional USB  and Firewire ports, are PCI. See Parts of the Motherboard.
Power supply fan: draws air from the power supply, and some from the case. Once was the only fan computers had.
RAM: Random Access Memory, holds data in use by the operating system and software, before and after it passes to the CPU.
ZIF: Zero Insertion Force, a socket for CPU in which the chip falls neatly into place with no pushing. Modern CPU sockets are ZIF.
Installing the CPU
Parts of the Motherboard
Read the first page
Booting up for the first time
Table of Contents
Dream machine, or basic PC
Purchasing Info
How to build a computer
Computer Power Supply
Install case fan
Install RAM to Increase Computer Speed
Computer Cooling Problems