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MakeUseOf.com-Your PC Inside and Out Part 1

MakeUseOf.com-Your PC Inside and Out Part 1

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You guide to all things computer hardware, "Your PC: Inside and Out Part 1" covers the chassis, power supplies and motherboards.
You guide to all things computer hardware, "Your PC: Inside and Out Part 1" covers the chassis, power supplies and motherboards.

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Your PC, Inside and Out: Part 1
  
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Your PC, Inside andOut: Part 1
         By: Lachlan Royhttp://lachlanroy.com     
This manual is intellectual property of MakeUseOf. It must only be published in its original form.Using parts or republishing altered parts of this guide is prohibited without permission.
 
 
 
Your PC, Inside and Out: Part 1
  
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Table of Contents
Introduction ................................................................................................................................... 5 Chapter 1: The Case (Chassis) .................................................................................................... 6 Layout ......................................................................................................................................... 6 Airflow ......................................................................................................................................... 7 Noise Insulation .......................................................................................................................... 8 Things to Look Out For When Buying a New Case ............................................................... 9 Size ........................................................................................................................................... 9 Expansion Bays .................................................................................................................... 11 Material ............................................................................................................................. 12 Brands ................................................................................................................................ 12 Chapter 2: Power Supply (PSU) ................................................................................................ 14  An introduction to Power Supplies ....................................................................................... 14 Power Rating ........................................................................................................................... 15 Efficiency .................................................................................................................................. 16 Connectors .............................................................................................................................. 17  The Dangers of Cheap Unbranded Power Supplies .......................................................... 19  Power Supply Varieties ........................................................................................................... 20 Standard Power Supplies ................................................................................................... 20 Modular Power Supplies ..................................................................................................... 20 Bands to Look For ................................................................................................................... 21  Chapter 3: Motherboard ........................................................................................................... 22  Motherboard Sizes .................................................................................................................. 22  ATX ......................................................................................................................................... 23 Micro-ATX ............................................................................................................................. 23 Mini-ITX .................................................................................................................................. 23 Chipsets .................................................................................................................................... 25 Manufacturers ..................................................................................................................... 26 Parts of the Chipset ............................................................................................................. 26 Northbridge ...................................................................................................................... 26 Southbridge ...................................................................................................................... 26 

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