Parts of computer and their functions

Computers are electronic machines that are working through a combination of hardware and software. Here we are going to discuss its hardware. Computer hardware is the collection of all physical elements or parts used in the computer. Each element has its own functionality.

Based upon the type of use, we divide the computer parts into two types.

  1. Compulsory Computer Parts and
  2. Optional Computer parts

Compulsory Computer Parts :

By the name itself, we find these parts are the compulsory ones in the PC build. If we miss any of these components or parts, our PC is incomplete, and it displays nothing on the monitor.

Here is a list of compulsory parts of the desktop computer.

  • Monitor
  • CPU cabinet
  • Motherboard
  • Processor
  • GPU
  • Cooling fans
  • RAM
  • Hard disk
  • SMPS
  • Connecting cables and
  • Keyboard and Mouse
  • Speakers

Some of these parts are unnecessary for laptops like CPU cabinets, connecting cables, etc. We can discuss the laptop parts with another decent article.

Monitor

The monitor is nothing but a display on the computer. We use different monitors like a gamer needs a high-frequency refresh rate monitor, an office employee needs a basic monitor, etc.

The latest monitors are coming with the best features like, multiple ports like USB, HDMI, DVI, Ethernet, etc. A monitor with different ports has different functional capabilities.

CPU Cabinet

CPU cabinet is used to protect the internal parts of the computer like motherboard, processor, RAM, ROM, GPU, etc. We consider this as the compulsory part of most of the PC builds. But in some rare situations, PC internally builds like a wall-mounted, wall behind, or table flat PC, then you don’t need a CPU cabinet.

Also, there is a strong reason behind the use of CPU cabinet to our computers, that is cooling. CPU parts are designed to work under specific operating temperatures only. So we need to cool the CPU parts.

For this we are using two types of cooling systems. Air and Liquid cooling. Air cooling is the most popular and cheap method we are using to cool down our CPU.

Motherboard

A board in your PC has a mother like responsibility. Hence we call that board is called a motherboard. Motherboard is like a heart to the PC. It has the entire record of functional capabilities of your PC.

Motherboard of a Desktop Computer
Motherboard of a Desktop Computer

This is my motherboard ‘Zebronics H55‘. It supports only DDR3 RAM. If I put DDR4 RAM sticks in place of DDR3 RAM, then the PC will not turn on. Likely, it supports SSD, but not M.2.

Every motherboard on this planet has some limitations. The difference is some motherboards have high specification capabilities and the others have low specifications.

My suggestion is to choose the best motherboard for your PC with having some future upgrades. If you want to increase your RAM in the future, you will never get disappointed then.

Processor

A processor is just like a brain to the computer. It has the capability of performing the work or action on your computer. It is also called the CPU (Central Processing Unit). Intel and Ryzen processors are in competition these days.

Along with the motherboard, the processor also plays a key role in defining the capability of a computer. Each processor has some billions of transistors. Engineers are using Integrated Circuit technology to design processors.

I recommend you to select the latest version of processor as much as you can. Because it has best performance capability to the older versions.

Intel i7 Processor
Intel i7 Processor

My system processor is Intel i7. It is good to my work. Choose the type of processor that is best for your work.

GPU :

GPU is also called as Graphics Processing Unit. In the olden days, computers don’t need graphic cards to work. But in this generation, motherboards require GPUs.

NVIDIA GT 710
NVIDIA GT 710

This is my GPU, NVIDIA GT 710. If you want a graphic card under budget, I suggest that you go to this one. Make sure that your motherboard support with the GPU or not.

We use GPUs for different purposes like playing games, editing, enhance screen performance, etc.

Stock cooler

We just can’t ignore the cooling process of the computer. However, the CPU is performing heavily while using the computer. If the temperature of the CPU exceeds the operating levels, then it may lead to damage to the CPU or motherboard. In the worst case, damage occurs to both.

We know the two types of cooling (air and liquid). Liquid cooling is my best suggestion in case of a stock cooler. The CPU needs more cooling than any other part of the computer. So, we need to provide the best cooling for it.

Antec A30 Stock Cooler
Antec A30 Stock Cooler with two copper rods

I changed my stock cooler from frontech to Antec stock cooler. Now, it is working fine with less noise. Go with RGB, if you want your system colorful.

RAM

RAM is a type of memory storage device in a computer. Its full form is Random Access Memory. The more RAM your system has and the more work it could do. You can see my PC RAM stick below.

DDR3 RAM stick
DDR3 RAM stick

Choose the latest version of RAM for your PC to get the best performance. The performance of two 4GB RAM sticks is better than one 8GB RAM stick. So choose accordingly.

The RAM sticks are sensitive, so be careful. Check the RAM stick insertion properly before going to turn on the computer. A faulty RAM can cause Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD).

ROM

ROM is nothing but the general storage of a computer. We have different types of ROM devices like Hard disks, SSDs, SD cards, Pendrives, etc.

The entire data that we store in a computer is in a form of ROM (Read Only Memory).

SSD
Kingston SSD

Even the Operating System in your computer is in a ROM device. I am using Kingston SSD for my Operating System instead of Hard disk because of better performance.

My suggestion is to use at least SSD or M.2 for storage. So you will never find a lag performance while reading and writing your data.

SMPS

Switched Mode Power Supply also called SMPS is used to convert the input current and supply its output current to other components of the computer like motherboard, fans, front panel, etc.

SMPS
SMPS

We have a significant advantage with SMPS. It acts as a Converter (AC input to DC output) and also Chopper (DC input to DC output). The SMPS can protect our PC from a sudden power drop.

Keyboard and Mouse

Keyboard and Mouse are a combination. Both are used to giving input to the system. No matter how much cost do we put on the PC build? Without Keyboard and Mouse, we do nothing.

Keyboard and Mouse

My keyboard is Logitech MK275. It is a writer-friendly keyboard that I found on Amazon. The performance of this keyboard is too good. For gamers, this is not the recommended one.

Speakers

In some works, speakers are not the compulsory requirement in a PC. But, I consider speakers are the compulsory part of the computer because of so many advantages. We can hear our friends’ and family’s voices while talking to them on Skype. We can hear music, watch movies, etc.

Speakers are of different types and earphones and headphones are also a type of speaker. Speaker and microphone are two different things. Don’t get confused.

Optional Computer Parts :

We have seen the basic parts of the computer, and also they are the compulsory parts. Along with this, we can add so many other hardware elements in the computer set-up based upon our requirements.

For example, a printer is not a compulsory part of the computer. But most people using printers as their primary element in their work. Not only printers, but there are also so many other optional parts like fingerprint scanners, document scanners, external hard disks, dual monitors, etc. These components are called Optional Computer Parts.

Printer :

Printer is a machine we used to print something on paper. There are so many printers out there. Based on the type of use, you can find the prefect one for you.

I do not have a printer. And don’t need at all. All my work is completely based on the compulsory parts of the computer. Also, my suggestion is to buy a printer only if you need it. It reduces the cost of the PC build.

Dual Monitor :

Dual Monitor is just an extra monitor. Some people use dual monitors or multiple monitors based on their work and requirement. A gaming YouTuber must need a dual monitor, but a blogger doesn’t.

Let see some other optional computer parts.

Wi-Fi adapter :

A Wi-Fi adapter is an electronic device that is used to connect the internet service to the system. Some motherboards are coming with the built-in Wi-Fi feature. But a mid-range motherboard doesn’t have a Wi-Fi connectivity option. This is my Wi-Fi adapter.

Bluetooth adapter :

If your PC wants to connect a device with Bluetooth, but your motherboard doesn’t support it. In that situation, we use an adapter that connects other devices like Bluetooth headphones, earphones, speakers, etc to our PC. I am using a type of Bluetooth adapter.

Bluetooth Speaker :

This is my Boat Rockerz on ear headphone. I used it to listen to music and watching movies on PC. The sound quality is just simply superb.

Boat Headphone

I do not recommend this because when we use on-ear headphones for a long time, our ears may get pain and become uncomfortable. So, instead of this, go for the best version of this.

Let’s see the parts of the computer in a table format. By this table, you can get to know which one is the compulsory part and which one is optional.

Compulsory Computer PartsOptional Computer Parts
MonitorBluetooth Speakers
CPU cabinetDual Monitors
MotherboardBluetooth adapter
ProcessorWi-Fi adapter
GPUPrinter
Stock CoolerFingerprint Scanner
RAMPendrives
ROMSD Cards
SMPSUPS
Keyboard and MouseProjector
SpeakersWeb-camera
Computer Parts

The information that I provide to the parts of the computer is not enough. I want to write articles about each individual part. So you can get an excellent knowledge on the selection of computer parts.

Conclusion :

What do you think? Is this the end of the list? No, there is no end to this list because technology is updating every day. And we found new electronic gadgets which are designed for unique works.

Which optional computer part do you have? Let me know with your comment. We are on YouTube to provide Tech information like this in a video format.

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Author: Aswarth

Hey Guys, I'm an Electrical Engineer who is interested to learn Technical stuff in deep and want to give you the best quality information on this blog.

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