• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
  7. 7
  8. 8
  9. 9
  10. 10
  11. 11
  12. 12
  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: ICT
  • Word count: 1361

Create a user guide for a beginner in building a P.C.

Extracts from this document...


Introduction I have been set a task to create a user guide for a beginner in building a P.C. My guide will include information on the following: * Motherboard * Processor- CPU * Memory- SDRAM * Hard disk drive * Floppy disk drive * Graphics card * Sound card * Modem * Finishing touch to your P.C. * Software needed. A beginners guide to building a P.C. In my guide I will include the following hardware, which are needed to build your own P.C. are: * Motherboard * Processor- CPU * Memory- SDRAM * Hard disk drive * Floppy disk drive * Graphics card * Sound card * Modem * Finishing touch (before adding power). Motherboard To install the motherboard in to your computer you should first remove your ATX case this will now allow you access to the inside of your computer. You should then place your motherboard in a topwards position from the screw holes. At this point you should take careful care to make sure that your ATX devices on your motherboard e.g. PS/2 mouse port connector, are facing the ATX back plate cutout. You should now push your motherboard towards the cutout; this should be done gently, allowing you to get an accurate position when placing the motherboard down. ...read more.


The files required to do this are the Windows boot disk. You can create/ save this windows boot disk on 3- half floppy. You can now be able to start the partition & format procedure by booting your P.C using windows boot disk, which you prepared earlier. When you boot your system you will be presented with a windows boot disk menu. Boot disk menu's * 1ST menu you should choose yes to enable the large disk support. * You will now be presented with the F- disk menu, on this menu choose the 1st option create Dos Partition. * You will now get another menu, choose option 1 again, to create the Primary Dos Partition. * Your system will notify you that the partition has been created successfully. You should now press the ESC button on your keyboard to get out of the menu and then should reboot your computer. * You will get a warning message appearing on your computer ''data on drive C will be lost'' select Yes. * Your drive should take around 5-30 minutes formatting; when finished you should reboot your computer in-order for the system to upload/ save the necessary changers. Floppy disk drive To install the floppy disk drive in to your computer you should first place the floppy disk drive in to the correct slot and then apply screws in to the correct holes in-order to keep the drive securely in place. ...read more.


* When the modem is in the correct position you can then screw the modem in to place. The finishing touch The finishing touch involves connecting your power switches e.g. buttons etc and LED's need to be connected to the specific cable/ wire in-order to provide your computer with the power supply. The switches & the LED's now need to be connected to the right corresponding place on your motherboard. They should be connected in a similar way as shown by the diagram: Once you have done this you can screw back on the ATX case and now can turn on your computer. Ready to install your chosen operating system e.g. Microsoft Windows XP. Software needed Microsoft Windows XP- This is really the only software you will need to begin your P.C from start to end of your building. Conclusion In the beginners guide to building a P.C you have covered how to install new hardware in to your computer and also the very basic software needed to start up your computer. You have also covered from this guide how to build a PC from beginning to end. Page 1.......................Introduction Installations Page 2-3...................Motherboard Page 3-4..................Processor-CPU Page 4.....................Memory- SDRAM Page 5.....................Hard disk drive Page 5-6.................Floppy disk drive Page 6....................Graphics card Page 6-7................Sound card Page 7...................Modem Page 8...................The finishing touch Page 8...................Software needed Page 9...................Conclusion Page 10................. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Hardware section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Hardware essays

  1. Computer Hardware, uses, advantages and disadvantages.

    a certain place then if an employee clicks on the wrong place or the wrong time it will cause a lot of havoc. The ways to prevent these mistakes is by when the employee is talking to a customer then he should double check that what he is clicking also

  2. Ict - Unit 2B

    the need of the printer to print of the plans because it would be time consuming and a waste of resource. How it meets the departments objectives: A USB pen drive is one of the main aspects of the department meeting its objectives.

  1. Designing a system for an IT user - He needs to have a good ...

    is easy to use and can also be saved in different formats. The 2007 version of word is compatible with word 2003, which he uses at college. Word also gives options of different layouts and different templates. It features calculation, graphing tools and many features what can be used in a spreadsheet.

  2. Hardware Choices and Operating System.

    It is more expensive than a normal optical mouse. It can work on any surface because it uses a laser and not a ball. It has a limited range. It will not work if you are sitting too far away from the computer.

  1. Choosing hardware and input devices.

    The way to correct these errors is to check carefully which way the paper should be put in. Also the paper should be put in straight and not bent. Keyboard I detected errors in my work by using the spelling and grammar checker to check any spelling mistakes and any punctuation mistakes.

  2. Choosing the best harware for my system.

    Sometimes the can be small and fragile and can be broken easily. Flatbed scanner Drum scanner This works the document is placed on a glass inside it then the lid is shut after that a small scanning senor moves back and forth and scans the document The advantage of a

  1. I will describe the hardware I have used in my system, the way they ...

    The main input devices I have used are keyboard, mouse and scanner. Device Speed Errors that can be made Way to correct errors Keyboard The keyboard does not have a set amount of speed it all depends how fast the typist is typing.

  2. ICT Revision notes

    or device by working your way through a series of screens or menus. 1. The user is presented with a menu, you make a choice and then the next menu appears on the screen. 2. It can also be verbal rather than visual.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work