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Have you ever wondered what is in a desktop computer tower?  If you have never worked on a desktop computer, you may never have had the opportunity to see what the inside of a desktop computer tower even looks like.  Nevertheless, encased inside a desktop computer tower are all of the components that make the desktop computer function.  Further, in understanding each of the components inside the desktop computer tower, you will have a better idea about how the desktop computer functions.

            One of the things you will find inside a desktop computer tower is an accelerated Graphics Port or an AGP.  An AGP is what allows you to utilize the Graphic User Interface (GUI) in many software applications and allows you to view things on your desktop computer system in 3D.  Basically, the AGP permits interaction between your desktop computer and the ever-important graphics card inside the computer tower.  Such transmission allows you to view images, manipulate files and use your mouse.

The central processing unit of a desktop computer, also known as the CPU, is the “big boss” of your desktop computer.  The CPU is an integrated circuit inside your desktop computer tower that directs all the other components within the desktop computer tower.  Further, a CPU is commonly referred to as the processor of your desktop computer and it has a great deal to do with the speed in which your desktop computer functions.

The graphics card is a translator of information that it receives from the central processing unit within the desktop computer tower.  It consists of a number of connections and various parts that, ultimately, allow you to look at images on your desktop computer monitor.  The graphics card works hand-in-hand with the CPU and the AGP to provide you with the images that appear on your desktop computer monitor.

The hard disk inside your desktop computer tower is the computer’s source for permanent storage.  Basically, the hard disk records files magnetically and stores them for later use.  Unlike a floppy disk which is a disk that can be removed and then accessed on another desktop computer, the hard disk is housed inside your desktop computer a stores important files—like those of the desktop computer’s operating system.

There are many types of memory housed inside your computer tower.  Primarily, you will find Basic Input/Output Memory (BIOS), Caches, random access memory (RAM), read only memory (ROM), and Virtual Memory inside a desktop computer tower.  Further, each form of memory has a different function—some memory is unchangeable while other forms of memory are temporary.  Regardless of their purpose, all forms of memory are important to the functionality of your desktop computer.

A Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) is housed within your computer tower that essentially offers you, as a desktop computer user, the opportunity to connect additional devices to your desktop computer.  For instance, if you want to connect a printer or a scanner to your desktop computer, the only way you can use such output devices is if your desktop computer has a SCSI within its internal workings.

A sound card is optional for desktop computers, however if you want to have any audio on your desktop computer, it is essential.  Without a sound card, you will be unable to listen to downloaded music files, play compact discs or hear any sound files that you access from the Internet onto your desktop computer.  You also will be incapable of hearing any music that accompanies any gaming you may play on your desktop computer.

A motherboard, also located inside your desktop computer tower, is the core of your desktop computer.  It holds the central processing unit, the accelerated graphics port, the integrated drive electronics, the universal serial bus, and a number of slots that hold memory chips.  In viewing what a motherboard consists of, it is easy to see that it plays a crucial role in the functionality of your desktop computer.