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Chapter 39. Upgrading Your PC's Case and... > Deciding to Upgrade Your Case and Po...

Deciding to Upgrade Your Case and Power Supply

When you purchased your current PC, you probably thought it came in a perfectly adequate case. Everything was neatly arranged; the drives, motherboard, interface cards, and so on all fit together in a nice, neat, orderly package. So, why would you want to pull everything out and stuff all your components into a new box? Well stop for a moment, remove your PC's cover, and take a long, hard look inside your PC and see how much room there is for adding any extra drives or other components. Can you add one or two more hard disk drives? Can you add an internal Zip drive? Can you add a CD-RW drive? Can you add a DVD drive? Can you add a tape drive?

For whatever reason (most often to keep costs down), some manufacturers use a fairly small case when they design and manufacture their PCs. Whether the reason is to keep the package you place on your desk as small as possible or to keep the manufacturer's costs down by keeping their package (and packaging) smaller, the end result is that you have a PC that may not be as expandable as you'd like.


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