Unit 11 Reading Activity Plus Questions

Read the following text and then complete the activities that follow.

Computer Hardware Components

Due to convergence, the traditional categories we divide computing into are blurring. But for practical reasons, IT professionals can still divide hardware into two main classes: components and peripherals.

Components are primarily core internal devices of a computer which help define what type a computer is, what it is capable of doing, and how well it is capable of doing it. Nothing affects the overall quality of a computer more than its components.

Normally the more expensive a component is, the better it performs. This is a general guideline however and not a steadfast rule. Sometimes you can spend a lot more money on a component with only slightly better performance than one costing half as much. Other times a very expensive component might be based on a completely new technology that is not ready for mass production. In these cases, one is often better off buying a more mainstream part.


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Quiz: Reading Questions

1. The GPU is a good example of a coprocessor, as it has a specific purpose and takes load off the main CPU.
2. The Universal Serial Bus is used to connect the chipset with the motherboard.
3. Having a high spec graphic card is very important to play the latest games at high settings.
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