3.4.1.7 Lab – Research a Hardware Upgrade (Answers) – ITE v7

3.4.1.7 Lab – Research a Hardware Upgrade

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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.
Instructor 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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