Motherboard components

The parts of the computer that attach to the motherboard


The processor is also called a CPU ( Central Processing Unit). The processor is the central piece of a motherboard. The processor is also called the brain of the computer. It handles all the instructions you give your computer.

Random Access Memory (RAM)

RAM is a hardware device that allows information to be stored and retrieved on a computer. Random Access Memory is where the computer stores the current task that is being carried out. This is like our short term memory.

Power Supply

A power supply is a hardware component that supplies power to an electrical device. It receives power from an electrical outlet and converts the current from AC (alternating current) to DC (direct current), which is what the computer requires. Like the heart pumps blood around your body, the power supply pumps electricity around the body.

Hard Disk Drive

A hard disk drive is a device used to permanently store and also retrieve information. Hard disk drive is where all of your documents, pictures, programs etc. are stored on the computer. Like the long term memory in your brain.

DVD/RW Drive

RW stands for rewritable. RW data on the DVD disk can be recorded and erased numerous times. The same disk can be used many times for reading and writing information without damaging it.

Peripheral Devices

The motherboard has also some extra things attached to it such as the mouse, the keyboard, the printer and the moniter.

By: Georgia Ilaridou-Glynou 7A