Motherboards, power supplies, and cases are surprisingly interchangeable due to industry standards called form factors. Techs should know common form factors and the benefits and challenges of each of them.
- One of the most fun aspects about building … your own systems is that you can go out … and buy some motherboard and then you can buy some case … and 99.99% of the time, they will fit together. … The reason they do that is that we have broad standards … in the industry that define very specific … physical dimensions for motherboards, for cases, … power supplies, even the holes in the motherboards … and how we mount them inside cases. … These very tight standards are known generically … as form factors. … Now, in this episode, what I want to do is cover … the form factors that you're going to be seeing on the exam, … and just to give you some idea of how it works … and the motivations for doing form factors. … So, if you take a look here on my desk, … what I have are three very different sized motherboards. … What I want to do, first of all, is let me stack these up. … Now look at this, as I stack up these motherboards, … one of the things I want you to notice is that all … of these have this, what we call the IO area, …
- Troubleshooting firmware
- Installing a motherboard
- Basic electrical terminology
- Mounting and choosing a power supply
- Cooling your PC
- Quickly troubleshooting power supplies