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 the major components that make up inside of a computer.
Parts of a computer
Information about each of the items pointed out in the picture above are found in the links below.
- Chassis (case)
- Data cable: (IDE, SATA)
- Disc drive: CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, or Blu-ray.
- Expansion card (ISA, PCI, AGP, and PCI Express).
- Fan (Heat sink)
- Floppy drive
- Hard drive: HDD, SSD
- 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 common for a computer today to have these components built into the motherboard, also referred to as integrated components.
What parts are needed for a computer to work?
A computer does not need all of the components mentioned above. However, a computer cannot work without having at the very minimum the below parts.
- How can I learn more about computers?
- How to install computer hardware.
- How does a computer work?
- Computer cleaning help.
- All computer learning and training related pages.
- See the chassis definition for further information and related links.
- See our connections and definition for a listing of each of the type of connections found on the computer.
- Computer hardware help and support.