How to Build a Computer Kids,Code and Computer Science

 

Building your own pc could be a good way to not solely save cash, and obtain a lot of process power, however additionally to find out concerning the less obvious elements of package programming.
What is within your computer? what percentage parts? are you able to guess?
I decided to make a pc with my adolescent son, for this magazine, to show him concerning the hidden a part of computers (he’s into cryptography, the plain a part of computers), and for father-son bonding. I additionally needed to find out what was within a pc by building one.
Here’s what I recognized is within virtually any computer:
• The pc case to carry all the elements.
• A power offer to run the pc.
• A {cpu | central process unit |CPU|C.P.U.| central method |processor| mainframe |electronic equipment |hardware| computer hardware} or central processing unit to run the package and process knowledge.
• A fan to cool down off the central processing unit and a second fan to cool down off everything else.
• Random access memory, or RAM, to store knowledge because the pc runs, in real time.
• A motherboard to carry the central processing unit, RAM, and all the opposite chips to run the pc.
• A Winchester drive to store knowledge for retrieval as required.
• A video card to show knowledge on a pc monitor.
• A monitor to show knowledge from the pc.
• An optical drive to scan and write to CD discs.
• A card to send and receive knowledge wirelessly through wi-fi routers.
• A card to send sound to a pc monitor and/or speakers.
• A keyboard and mouse in input file into the pc.
Thirteen totally different items, minimum, to virtually each pc. Some computers have multiple onerous drives to store knowledge. Some haven’t got Associate in Nursing optical drive. Some may not want a wi-fi card. however most computers have these dozen around elements minimum.

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Our journey began by reading variety of magazine articles, in print and on-line, concerning the way to build a pc, what worked, what failing, what choices exist. Then we have a tendency to followed these steps:
• Used the laptop half Picker web site to choose what elements to shop for and order elements.
Built the pc hardware.
• Installed Windows eight and updated the package.
• Hunted down package drivers and updated package.
Each of those steps is delineated below, usually in gory detail. Your mileage can vary, of course, if you opt to try to to this project yourself. the most takeaway is to try to to your analysis, find out the worst that would happen, then do what you’ll to avoid the worst case situations. that creates it a lot of easier to possess fun building your own pc, as we did.
Decide What elements to Buy/Order
We started with laptop half Picker to make a perfect high finish recreation system that costed out, minus rebates, at concerning $1600 before tax and shipping.
In scrutiny choices to cut back worth, we have a tendency to used laptop half Picker’s search filter to search out extremely rated things (and the a lot of folks that rated, the better) and criteria, then sorted by ratings and options. In between, we have a tendency to searched on-line to grasp CFM (for fans), potency (for power supplies), and similar details to assist decide what cheaper choices to shop for. Any time we have a tendency to had a matter, we have a tendency to searched on-line for a solution or feature definition.
Getting Started
Receiving the elements evidenced to be fun and slightly excruciating.
The first item we have a tendency to got, the pc case from New egg, came during a box with the white version. Or that’s what we have a tendency to thought, viewing the box: it displayed the white version of our case. we have a tendency to known as New egg and learned all versions of the case are sent within the same box. we have a tendency to checked the half range on the box and it evidenced to be correct. we have a tendency to force the case out and located, sure as shooting, it absolutely was black.
From there, we have a tendency to else back all the elements, turning on the ability offer each jiffy to see the on/off switch still worked and therefore the recently else elements turned on properly:
• Video graphics card
• Wi-fi card
• CPU fan (which has its own power connective, go figure!)
• Hard drive
• CD-ROM drive
• All the insufficient USB, LED, and alternative connectors
• All the fans (four in total)
The trickiest half clothed to be the central processing unit fan. This sits on prime of the central processing unit, sort of a squat very little monster. The fan is ironed down into four open holes on the motherboard, till you hear a click. The onerous half clothed to be two-fold, finding the connective for the fan (it clothed to get on the motherboard, close to the central processing unit power connective) and deciding the way to manage the too short then too long connector cable.
Lessons Learned
The biggest lesson is that this type of project is extremely do-able if you have got the time. And it will save a number of hundred bucks if you’re careful. For kids, it’s additionally an excellent thanks to get a baseline pc they will work to create cash to feature memory and alternative elements over time.
The other helpful lessons we have a tendency to learned:
• The motherboard has 2 power connectors, one for the board and one for the central processing unit. The latter typically is found by the central processing unit. Check the motherboard layout diagram within the manual enclosed with the board.
• The central processing unit fan affiliation typically is found close to the central processing unit.
• One actually odd fact: the central processing unit fan has thermal paste on very cheap of the fan. this can be black sticky gunk. Don’t take away it. The paste helps management central processing unit temperature. If you are doing take away the sticky gunk, you may get memory errors and crashes thanks to heating of the central processing unit. Thermal paste prices concerning $10-25.
• The computer memory unit motherboard we have a tendency to bought enclosed plenty of extras sort of a Wi-Fi card with Bluetooth capability and a full featured package application to envision and set BIOS settings. However, the antennae for the Wi-Fi card was low-cost thus we have a tendency to swapped out the stick antennas enclosed with the additional Wi-Fi card we have a tendency to accidentally bought however didn’t want.
• It ne’er hurts to shop for a pc case with space for uncountable fans. Computers will run hot.
Frequently Asked queries
As a part of change this text for the print magazine version, here are common queries (and answers) individuals have concerning building their own computers from scratch.
IS IT SAFE to make A COMPUTER?
The electricity wont to power your pc is that the solely actually dangerous a part of building a pc. rigorously analysis the way to build a pc, obtain honourable elements, ground yourself as you build, and use power solely to check connections to the motherboard as you add new elements. There aren’t any guarantees, however. you want to be extraordinarily careful in the slightest degree times. Building a pc additionally ought to be through with a minimum of one adult around. It is a fun bonding expertise if you’re careful and thorough.
HOW DO I GROUND MYSELF?
Everyone is aware of if you rub Associate in Nursing inflated balloon enough you’ll produce electricity. That fun electricity, however, will injury a pc. If you connect yourself to the bottom, as an example, touching metal each thus usually as you build, any electricity goes into the bottom rather than into your pc.
DO I actually have TO SOLDER?
No. to make a pc, you simply ought to follow directions within the documentation enclosed with the pc elements, especially, the motherboard documentation that shows wherever all the connectors are settled. The toughest half are to rigorously push connectors into plugs in tight areas.
WHAT IF I actually have issues whereas BUILDING MY COMPUTER?
First, you’re doubtless to search out issues. The article describes a number of the foremost common ones. the most effective thanks to avoid problems? Build your pc step by step, as delineated within the article. begin by adding the motherboard to your pc case, then add the ability offer, then check the pc case power switch activates.
WHERE am i able to GET facilitate BUILDING MY COMPUTER?
We found the Tom’s Hardware forums on-line the most effective place to search out answers quickly, by looking out their forums and asking queries. There are alternative on-line forums, as well, if you rummage around for your drawback. additionally, you may have a hacking area and/or when faculty cluster in your city or town wherever somebody will assist you with queries. schools additionally might need a pc club. and plenty of libraries have began to provide technology courses and, as a result, might need workers or apprehend somebody with answers.

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