How to build a Personal Computer: The 3 Best Ways to Design a PC

Throughout the course of your lifetime, you will own more than one personal computer or computing device to meet a variety of needs including academic, personal, and professional requirements.  In this paper you will explore your current computing needs within a budget.  Conduct research and document your purchase.

Using a budget of $1500, research and write a paper explaining your findings and outcomes.  Use the knowledge learned in this course and through your research to purchase a personal computer system fitting one of three scenarios:  (1) small home office (2) gaming lover OR (3) college student (desktop, laptop, pc, or Mac). 

The Components of a Personal Computer

Decide on hardware, software applications, speed, and memory as is applicable to one of those three scenarios.  A tally sheet (appendix) explaining the cost breakdown, total purchase price, and explanation of the purchased computer components is required in addition to the core of the paper (sites like Dell provide a tally in the pre-purchase process – condense to a few pages as needed).  You may split the purchase across several vendors.  If wants (not needs) exceed your budget, note items to be purchased at a future date at the end of your paper. personal computer

Papers must be in APA format with a maximum of 10-12 paragraphs (Optional abstract, Intro, Body, and Conclusion – ~three core pages at ~1000-1500 words).  See attached sample outline for a suggested layout that will help you get started.  Appendix items should be no more than two-three pages each and do not count towards required number of words/paragraphs (title, abstract, and references will not count towards required words).  Follow APA formating consistently (see Writing Center for assistance).

Papers will be graded based on content and knowledge of the subject as well as grammar, spelling, punctuation, formatting, and citations.  Papers must contain three resources with a maximum of two from the Internet (books, magazines, and interviews not published on the Internet are desired).  Graphics such as pictures, charts, tables, and graphs are nice and often helpful to relay information, but the content in these will not count towards the desired word count or replace the necessity to explain content. 

Review the attached article to help you get started:  Consumer Report:

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