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Hardware – PC 101

Hardware is any physical component attached to, or used with, a personal computer (or your computer system). 

For a personal computer:

  • The most basic components of the computer itself: the computer case, monitor, keyboard, speakers and mouse. 
  • The things inside the case that you can’t see: motherboard, CPU, RAM, power supply, sound card, optical disc drive and hard drive.

For your computer system:

  • The routers, switches and cables that allow multiple computers to share information and devices.
  • Phone system

Optional Input and Output devices: scanner, web cam, microphone, printer, to name just a few.