“Pre-Built or Custom-Built?” Please respond to the following:
If can be very overwhelming trying to find the right computer to purchase. For example, maybe your customer wants a computer that has 3 HDMI outputs for 3 different monitors on their workstation. You are aware from your education here that integrated graphics cards can be disabled and you can plug in a peripheral graphics card to handle the additional output. However, you won’t get the fastest and best performance with this configuration. It’s best to use a motherboard without integrated graphics.
When a client sends you specific requirements for a computer; the easiest thing to do is find an off-the-shelf computer that meets all the requirements. If they want an i7 processor with 16 GB of DDR RAM, that’s easy, but what about if they want a 1TB SSD with a 2TB HDD and 4 internal DVD R/W drives? That might be a little more difficult. You may also want to consider building the computer yourself, as this can be more cost effective. Choose one of the following questions sets to address.
- Describe three considerations, that you’ve learned about this week, when researching hardware integration.
- What strategy would you use to determine which system would be less expensive: pre-built or custom-built?
- Describe your experience with building a computer from scratch or what you’d expect to encounter if you have never built one.