These two activities will help you become familiar with various computer components and why they always seem to get better and cheaper.

How to disassemble a computer

How to take apart a computer - Dell Optiplex Mini...



Part 1- Configure your next computer purchase

1A. Power Point presentation - Shopping for computer parts  Learn what components you need to build a computer.

computer parts


1B. Configure your own computer system at this online computer store where you can choose everything from the CPU brand, the memory hard drives and other components - Calculate the most powerful computer system possible.  How expensive can you make your computer?  


Assemble a pc



Part 2 - The Past and Future of Computer Hardware

2A. View the vintage computer advertisements from magazines in the 1980s and 1990s.  Compare these with items you can purchase today.



Hard disk ad


2B. Read the article Moore's Law for a "close-reading" exercise. The power and complexity of computer components double while getting smaller and cheaper every 18 months to 2 years.  How much longer can this trend continue?

moores law