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Part 1: Getting Oriented > What Do You Call That Thing, Anyway?

Chapter 6. What Do You Call That Thing, Anyway?

A desktop PC system is made up of many parts. When you buy a PC, you could buy just the main system unit, but these days most people buy a complete system—CPU, keyboard, monitor, mouse, and modem—or at least everything but the monitor. (Sometimes printers, scanners, and other peripheral devices come with a PC, but they are typically bought separately.)

Buying a complete system makes your choices easier, of course, but if you pick and choose separate components, you can get exactly what you want. In any case, here are the basic parts that make up a full PC system. Each one is explained in detail in the chapters that follow.


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