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Chapter 3. NETWORKING HARDWARE > Some Thoughts on PC Hardware

Some Thoughts on PC Hardware

Now that we've discussed NICs and some of the connectivity devices you will run into when you network computers, we will finish out the chapter by looking at some other critical pieces of PC hardware—specifically, motherboards, processors, hard drives, and RAM. We need to discuss these hardware components because they inherently affect a PC's overall performance. Understanding how these hardware components fit into the overall PC hardware puzzle will help you when it is time for you to select hardware for network clients or network servers. Since this book serves as a primer to networking and network hardware, you should consult a heavy-duty reference such as Upgrading and Repairing PCs by Scott Mueller, published by Que.

First, let's take a look at some issues related to motherboards. Then we can take a look at processors, hard drives, and memory.


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