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Server Project: Discovering the Components of a Computer

The Power Source

The power supply gives the computer power, via a socket in the vicinity. This is by far the most important part of the computer. It has plenty of cables which connect to motherboard ports.

The Motherboard

The motherboard is embedded with ports and circuits which connect the other components of the computer and is, in essence, the nervous system of the computer.


The CPU, or Central Processing Unit, manages the computer's actions, simply put. It connects to the motherboard and also requires its own cooling system to prevent frying.


The HDD, or Hard Drive Disk, is a system of long-term storage of data in the computer itself. The amount of storage is measured in bytes, or pieces of data.


The RAM, or Random Access Memory, is a system of temporary storage of data while the computer is in use. It tracks the data that is being processed in the computer each moment.

The Coolants

The coolants, such as fans, are designed to keep the computer components running at a safe temperature. If they didn't, the parts would fry. That's a computer for you!


Playing around with our computer/server was fun. We got our computer to run, then we swapped ports, took out cables and screws, and did other wacky things to mess up the computer. Finally, we switched groups' computers and had to fix them. It was kind of a competitive thing but our group worked patiently to discover misplacements and fix them. In the end, we got ours to work, but the VGA on the monitor was broken so that was slightly misleading. THes texxT IS BroKin ToO...