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Computer components and parts can be intimidating. Motherboards, hard drives, cases, video cards, network cards, RAM, and a myriad of other parts all tend to run together until we give up in frustration and head outside to play Frisbee. Here are are few basic computer parts that could be considered for almost any shopper.
Western Digital External Hard Drive
An external hard drive provides immense storage capabilities for primary files and also for backups. Instead of cracking open the case and installing an 'internal' hard drive, this option presents much less of a challenge. Simply plug the unit into wall outlet and into an available USB port (the plugs are very different - you can't confuse them) and your operating system should identify the drive almost immediately.
A single TB (terabyte) hard drive holds millions of photographs, hundreds of movies, and innumerable video games. Online gamers, photographers, and everyday computer users will appreciate the huge amount of storage and the ease of use.
An external device is also portable. Simply unplug it and carry it to another room or another state. Sharing files has never been so easy. Uploading huge volumes of files is problematic due to speed limitations on Internet connections. This hard drive eliminates the upload/download cyctel
Without a monitor, a desktop computer serves as a really good doorstop, but little else. Without a good quality computer monitor, a computer is serviceable, but falls short of its' potential, Viewsonic monitors offer quality and reasonable pricing, along with a wide range of sizes and features.
Expect to find 19" (measured diagonally) monitors for less than they sold for 6 months ago. Pinning down a specific price is like hunting ducks with a softball: you might be able to do it, but there's no good reason and you will only feel frustrated afterward. Monitor prices tend to drift downward over time. Monitor dimensions tend to increase. If you covet a 22" monitor, go buy it. Don't obsess over price. The longer you tarry, the less time you'll have to enjoy it. You can't win the price battle. Tomorrow it will be cheaper, but the day after that it will cost even less.
A computer case serves several purposes:
- Keep the cats out of the hardware
- Provide a cooling environment for the hardware
- Impress anyone who happens to catch a glimpse of it
Items 1 is mostly crucial, item 2 is completely crucial, and item 3 is not necessary. Item 2 is accomplished by the design of air vents and air movement paths throughout the interior of the case. Item 1 is obvious to most cats and other higher life forms. Item 3 tends to be subjective but includes special lighting, graphic designs on the exterior, and swooping fillets arranged strategically along the edges and otherwise boring flat surfaces.
Expect to spend more money to attain any level of item 3: a stunningly attractive case may cost upwards of $200 if style is desired. Should you hold the opinion that a case need not impress your computing compatriots, plan on spending less.