This assignment has two parts.
Part 1: You will document each step of the assembly process with photographs while building your computer.
Part 2: You will write a short reflective essay about what each computer component does and what you learned from the assembly process.
Part 1: Assembling the Computer
Step 1 - Assemble your hardware components. You will need the following components to assemble your computer: Motherboard, motherboard risers, CPU, RAM, power supply, hard-drive disk (HDD), heat-sink, thermal paste, cables, fans.
Step 2 - Obtain a camera. You can use your camera phone or a video recording device for this project.
Step 3 - Photograph each step of the assembly process while building your computer.
Step 4 - Save these photos on a document (like in Google Docs or Microsoft Word).
Step 5 - In the document, label each photograph and step you took to assemble the computer.
Step 6 - Upload your document as a PDF onto the submission page. Do not upload your document using a proprietary extension such as .docx or .pptx.
Part 2: Writing about the Assembly Process
Step 1 - In order, write down the steps you took to assemble a computer.
Step 2 - Summarize what each of the main components in the computer do (Motherboard, CPU, RAM, power supply, and hard-drive disk)
Step 3 - Summarize what each of the secondary components in a computer do (Motherboard risers, heatsink, thermal paste, cables, fans)
Step 4 - Describe any problems you encountered.
Step 5 - Provide thoughtful insight into how you could have improved your assembly process.
What You'll Do: In a document, identify the steps (in order) you took to assemble a computer. You must also provide photographs of each of the computer components when assembling the machine.
Submission: PDF format
Consider the following questions as you develop your process review:
- Did you have all compatible computer components? Were you missing any pieces? Did you have to utilize any resources online to help you find compatible components, if so, what resources did you use?
- Did you have any issues with plugging in the computer case wires to the motherboard?
- Did you have an organized work area? Any screws or other small components go missing?
For the writing portion of the project, you will write a 250-400 word review of the computer assembly process.
What You'll Do: Write an essay with the following information:
- Summarize what each of the main components in the computer do.
- Describe any problems you encountered when assembling the computer