Chapter 2- Working Inside a Computer

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Along with the processor, what other device is the highest heat producer in the system?

Video Card

What determines the physical size of a power supply and the placement of screw holes?

Form Factor

What do you call a connector on a motherboard that consists of pins that stick up from the board?


Which of the following can be described as round plastic or metal pegs that separate the motherboard from the bottom of the case?


Which technology may require that you purchase a power supply that specifically supports that technology?


To what should you normally clip the ground bracelet before you work inside the computer case?
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The side of the computer case

Under what circumstance is a liquid cooling system most likely used?


What does a small triangle embedded on a connector signify?

The wire nearest the triangle is pin 1

Which of the following is the Intel maximum degree limit for processors?

185 F

Which of the following is true about installing the motherboard and connecting power?

a 4-pin power cord supplies supplemental power to the processor

Which of the following is NOT a typical connector found on the front panel header?

Sata Controller

Which of the following is NOT a good practice when working inside a computer case?

be sure to hold expansion cards by the edge connector

Which material is a cooler that sits atop the CPU most likely made of?


Which of the following is the second step in opening the case of a working computer?

power down the system and unplug it

What is placed between the bottom of the cooler heat sink and the top of the processor that makes an airtight connection between the fan and processor?

thermal compound

When disassembling a computer, it’s okay to stack circuit boards on top of each other as long as you follow ESD protection rules.


A board with PCIe slots might have a 4-pin Molex power connector to provide additional power to some types of PCIe boards.


A system always needs the 4-pin auxiliary power connector, and sometimes needs the P1 connector as well.


Immediately after you unplug the computer from the power outlet, you’re safe to begin working inside the case.


The motherboard sits on elevated screw holes or spacers to keep it from touching the case.
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