What does the inside of a computer look like?
The inside of a desktop computer is not as complicated as you may think. Below is an example of what the inside of a computer looks like and each of the parts of the computer with pointers to each of the major components that make a computer.
Parts of a computer
Information about each of the items pointed out in the above picture are found in the links below. The below list is in the order of the items listed in the above picture going clockwise.
- Chassis (case)
- Disc drive: CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD, Blu-ray
- Expansion card (ISA, PCI, AGP, and PCI-X )
- Fan (Heatsink)
- Floppy drive
- Hard drive: HDD, SSD
- IDE cable (Data cable), new computers use SATA
- Memory (RAM)
- Power cable (Molex)
- Power supply (PSU)
- Processor (CPU)
The expansion cards are often devices such as your video card, sound card, network card, etc. Click on any of the links below for additional information about each of these devices. It is also common for many computers today to have these components built into the motherboard.