3.4.1.7 Lab – Research a Hardware Upgrade Answers

3.4.1.7 Lab – Research a Hardware Upgrade Answers

Lab – Research a Hardware Upgrade (Answers Version)

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Introduction

Use the Internet, a newspaper, or a local store to gather information about hardware components. Your customer’s computer currently has one module of 2 GB of RAM, a 500 GB hard disk drive, and a PCIe video adapter card with 256 MB of RAM. Your customer wants to be able to play advanced video games.

Answers Note: Check to make sure students have chosen parts that are compatible with the current configuration and meet the needs of the customer.

Instructions

Step 1:  Research memory options.

Shop around, and in the table below list the brand, model number, features, and cost for two different 8 GB modules of DDR3.

Brand and Model Number

Features

Cost

Kingston KCP316ND8/8

8 GB 240-Pin DDR 3 DIMM CAS Latency 11Voltage 1.5V Non-ECC

$64.99

Kingston

KVR16R11S4/8

8 GB 240-Pin DDR 3 DIMM Programmable CAS Latency: 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 Voltage 1.5V ECC

$81.41

Question:

Based on your research, which RAM would you select? Be prepared to discuss your decisions regarding the RAM you select.

Answers may vary.

Step 2:  Research hard disk drive options.

Shop around, and in the table below list the brand, model number, features, and cost for a 3 TB 7200 rpm SATA 3 hard disk drive and a 500GB or 1TB solid state drive (SSD).

Brand and Model Number

Features

Cost

Seagate ST2000DM006

2 TB 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache SATA 3 3.5”

1TB: $44.99

2TB: $59.99

3TB: 84.99

4TB: 98.15

6TB: 165.99

Western Digital WDS500G2B0A

SATA 3 6 GB/s 2.5″ / 7mm

Also need a mounting bracket: 2.5″ to 3.5″

250GB: $52.99

500GB: $79.99

1TB: $144.99

Question:

Based on your research, which hard disk drive would you select? Be prepared to discuss your decisions regarding the hard disk drive you select.

Answers may vary.

Step 3:  Research video adapter card options.

Shop around, and in the table below list the brand, model number, features, and cost for two different PCIe video adapter cards with at least 1 GB of RAM.

Brand and Model Number

Features

Cost

XFX Radeon HD6850

PCIe 2.1

1 GB GDDR5 900 MHz GPU

256-bit Interface

2 x DVI, 1 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort

$199.99

PowerColor AXRX 570 4GBD5-3DHD/OC

PCIe 3.0

4 GB GDDR5 1250 MHz GPU

256-bit Interface

3x DisplayPort, 1 x DVI

$144.99

Question:

Based on your research, which video adapter card would you select? Be prepared to discuss your decisions regarding the video adapter card you select.

Answers may vary.

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