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 pointers to each of the major components that make up a computer.
Parts of a computer
Information about each of the items pointed out in the picture above are found in the links below. The below list of the components shown in the above picture.
- Chassis (case)
- Disc drive: CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD, Blu-ray
- Expansion card (ISA, PCI, AGP, and PCI-X )
- Fan (Heat sink)
- 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.
Note: It is common for a computer today to have these components built into the motherboard, also referred to as integrated components.