Computer Cases and Accessories

Computer Cases & Accessories

Overview

Computers are now commonplace be it your home or the workplace. So it’s only natural that computer accessories have made their way into every field – commercial, corporate, educational, and domestic. Sometimes, these accessories are essential for the operation of the computer; in other instances, accessories enhance the computer’s functionality. It is important to choose accessories that are compatible with your computer so that you achieve optimum performance, and it is the purpose of this buying guide to help you do just that.

Differentiating between Computer Components and Accessories

A computer system functions with the integration of many parts and components that are needed for it to work properly. Some of the prime computer parts are the processing unit, monitor, keyboard as well as many other hardware parts, such as the central processing unit, which is the core component of the system. It further includes the CD or DVD drive, hard disk drive, motherboard, and many other computer components. There are different types of monitors available to support a variety of uses. Other components include the mouse, printer, modem, and speakers. The mouse and keyboard are required to feed data and instructions into the computer, while routers and modems are the gateway to an Internet connection. However, components are not computer accessories necessarily; only the peripheral devices  can be termed as accessories.

Cases

Techies looking to build their own computer spend a lot of time researching the motherboard, processor, computer cards and other computer hardware, but don’t pay as much attention to the computer case, which is often mistaken as the CPU. In fact, a computer case houses all the important computer hardware including the motherboard, processor, hard drives, additional controller cards and drives for CDs, DVDs and your USB ports to name a few. What’s more, it also enables your monitor, keyboard, mouse and other such computer components to be connected effortlessly. You might also find computer cases referred to in tech circles as a PC case, chassis, tower, enclosure, and housing.

A good computer case goes a long way in ensuring the proper functioning of your PC. We list out a few important reasons to spend time on choosing the right PC case:

Heat dissipation: Computer hardware can generate a lot of heat and, to avoid them getting overheated and consequently malfunctioning, it is imperative that the heat is effectively dissipated. A high-quality computer case is able to do this quite well by providing adequate airflow by means of fans and also other cooling techniques such as heat sinks.

Noise reduction: The construction material and design of the computer case helps seal the noise effectively, so that your computer functions silently allowing you to better concentrate on your task.

Easier upgrades: With provision for additional hard drives, controller cards, and other computer components within the computer case, upgrading your PC is so much easier.

Great looks: Though not a crucial factor, the way your system looks goes a long way in making you feel good about your PC, and can even reflect your style and taste.

Multimedia Computer Accessories

Additional computer accessories that are important additions to the computer’s hardware devices include graphic cards, PC speakers, and sound cards.

As with all computer accessories there is a huge range of speakers to choose from, in a variety of formats: the traditional two-speaker system, 2.1, 5.1, 7.1 surround sound speaker system, and a multimedia speaker system. If you wish to do away with the hassle of cords, then you can go for wireless speakers. Their disadvantage is that they may interfere with your home’s Wi-Fi network. Bose and