Tip: Ports, Slots and Drives: A PC Hardware Primer

When it comes to the parts of your PC, the names and terms can be confusing. This handy list will help you remember what's what.

Tips: Ports, Slots and Drives: A Hardware Primer

Motherboard ties components together.

CPU performs calculations.

Chipset connects CPU to motherboard and other components.

Buses connect CPU to internal components, graphics and sound cards.

RAM stores running processes.

Hard drive meets long-term storage needs.

CD-, DVD- and BD-ROM drives read disc data.

Power supply converts AC electrical power to low-voltage DC.

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