By Robert Bruce Thompson
A PC-builder and an influence PC-user keep that "building computers is not only for techies anymore. Going past a cookbook technique, the Thompsons supply rationales for his or her concepts. After directory the explanations for construction one's personal approach and noting the now frequent availability of parts, they supply step by step directions with photographs for all stages of establishing machines to slot particular wishes (e.g., for gaming, small enterprise, a house theater).
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If the player application uses analog audio, you must connect a cable from the analog audio-out jack on the back of the drive to an audio-in connector on the motherboard or sound card. SPECIAL AUDIO CABLES Few optical drives or motherboards include an analog audio cable, so you will probably have to buy a cable. In the past, audio cables were often proprietary, but modern drives and motherboards all use a standard ATAPI audio cable. However, most modern optical drives will send audio over the ATAPI data cable.
Above that power connector is the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip, and a group of four Serial ATA interface connectors appears to the left of the TPM chip and power connector. The large silver object at right center is the heatsink for the ICH6 south bridge chip. The black header pin connector to the left of the south bridge heatsink is one front-panel USB connector, with a second identical connector below it. The multicolored jumper block at the center bottom edge of the motherboard is the front-panel connector.
The relatively small case capacity makes cooling more difficult and puts some restraints on the number and type of hard drives, expansion cards, and other peripherals you can install, but it is possible to build a reliable, high-performance PC in the microATX form factor. Small Form Factor (SFF) PC Small Form Factor (SFF) means different things to different people. com) with their XPC models. In fact, Shuttle says that SFF stands for Shuttle Form Factor. Other companies, including Soltek, Biostar, and others, now produce cube-style SFF systems.