CIS 290 Week 2 Worksheets (Appendices A, B, & C)

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CIS 290 Week 2 Worksheets (Appendices A, B, & C)
Complete the following worksheets located in the appendices document on the student website:

  • Computer Research Worksheet (Appendix A)

  • Computer Hardware Simulator Worksheet (Appendix B)

  • Comparing Computers Worksheet (Appendix C)


Appendix A - Computer Research Worksheet
 
Moore’s Law states that the number of transistors on a computer chip doubles every two years. This means that the power, speed, and application of computers are ever increasing. Along with these changes in performance, software is also improving, constantly pushing a computer’s capabilities to the edge.
As a computer technician, you must constantly stay up-to-date with these changes in technology. This includes understanding the dynamics of hardware and software and how they interact with each other. To stay current, you must include research as a necessary part of your job. With rapid changes going on in the computer industry, a technician needs to build a trusted network of information resources that includes websites, periodicals, and industry professionals.
 
Computer benchmark tests and tools are other resources you can turn to for computer information. In a benchmark test, the performance of a software application is measured when one brand of a hardware component is placed inside a computer. By using the same application and computer for each test, different brands of a component can then be compared with one another, allowing you to choose the best brand for the job at the price you want to pay. Benchmarks are a good way to get you started with your research, and you will be using them throughout this course.
 
To help you get started, here are some helpful websites:
 
· www.pricewatch.com: This is a helpful site to check pricing; however, be sure to look at the condition of the product. It can be listed as new or refurbished.
· www.tomshardware.com and www.kingston.com: These are benchmark sites to check out product performance.
· www.pcworld.com: This is a popular site for information and product reviews.
· www.ifixit.com and www.macfixit.com: These are helpful sites for troubleshooting.
 
Keep in mind that these are just a few of the many sites available for computer technicians. As you continue gaining experience, you develop your own network of trusted information resources.
 
Activity: Information Research
Begin your research by searching the Internet for other websites not mentioned previously that offer pricing, technical reviews, and troubleshooting for computers and computer components. Enter these websites into the chart below:
 




 


Websites




Price check site


 




Price check site


 




Price check site


 




Product review site


 




Product review site


 




Product review site


 




Troubleshooting site


 




Troubleshooting site


 




Troubleshooting site


 




 
Appendix B – Computer Hardware Simulator Worksheet
 
The Computer Hardware Simulator (CHS) is designed to give you an opportunity to explore and familiarize yourself with external and internal computer hardware parts and components. You will be using the computer featured in this simulator throughout this course to help you with your assignments.
Take some time to explore and examine the different pages in the simulator. Your assignments will require different information featured in the simulator to complete your work. Some of the information will be basic and you will need to search the Internet to complete the necessary information.
Below is a chart where you can fill in the CHS computer’s make and model, part numbers, and other information. Keep this chart handy as a reference throughout the course.
 
Computer Hardware Simulator:
https://ecampus.phoenix.edu/secure/aapd/AXIA/cis280/Computer_Hardware_Simulator.html
 
 
 
 
Computer Hardware Simulator Computer
 




Component


Brand


Part Number




Computer make and model


 


 




Motherboard


 


 




Processor


 


 




Power supply


 


 




Hard drive


 


 




Memory


 


 




Mass storage


 


 




 
 
 
 


Appendix C - Comparing Computers Worksheet
 
Computers range in price and options the same way as many other consumer products. Before you can buy a computer, you must consider the type of computer you want or need and the price you are willing to spend on it. Researching a product is a great way to compare many variables and helps you determine exactly which computer to buy.
 
Activity One: Preassembled Computer Search
 
For the following activity, think of a computer that you would like to have. Determine how you would use this computer, whether it is for work, school, gaming, or some other use. Visit two online computer manufacturers (www.dell.com, www.hp.com, www.gateway.com, or www.toshiba.com to name a few), and find a preassembled computer from each company that best matches your dream machine. In the chart below, fill in information for each of the two computers. Then, choose which computer you would buy, and give a brief explanation on why you would pick it over the other.
 
Preassembled Computer Chart
 




Component


Computer 1


Computer 2




Make, model, and series
 


 


 




Processor/GHz
 


 


 




Operating system
 


 


 




Display
 


 


 




Optical/CD/DVD drive
 


 


 




Hard drive
 


 


 




Memory
 


 


 




Video/Graphics card
 


 


 




Operating system
 


 


 




Warranty
 


 


 




Other
 


 


 




Price and website
 


 


 




 
 
Make and Model of computer I would choose: _________________________________________________
 
 
Reasons for choosing this model: ___________________________________________________________
 
Activity Two: Custom-Built Computer Search
 
Now that you’ve seen what some preassembled computers cost, research what your dream computer would cost if you built it yourself. Visit a computer parts supplier (such as www.pricewatch.com) on the Internet and fill in the specifications and prices for the components shown below. Then add up the prices to find the total cost of your custom-built computer.
 
Custom-Built Computer Chart




Computer Component
 


Component Information/Specs


Component   Price




Processor/GHz
 
 


 


 




Motherboard
 
 


 


 




Fan
 
 


 


 




Operating system
 
 


 


 




Display
 
 


 


 




Power supply
 
 


 


 




Optical/CD/DVD
 
 


 


 




Hard drive
 
 


 


 




Memory
 
 


 


 




Video/Graphics card
 
 


 


 




Case/Rack
 
 


 


 




Other
 
 
 


 


 




 
 


Total Price:


 




 
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