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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: ICT
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Create a user guide for a beginner in building a P.C.

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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.

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