Building a PC
One of the major benefits of the PC over the consoles as a gaming platform is the openness of its hardware.
When you buy a console, you get what you get. You may be able to add a hard drive to increase its storage but the processor, graphics card, memory, etc. are set.
Not only are they set, but they are set to what the console maker selected before the console was released regardless of how technology has advanced.
This limitation became very apparent in the last console generation (Xbox 360/PlayStation 3). Those consoles were 7 years old by the time the next generation came out. That is a lot of years of technological advancement console gamers missed.
PC hardware, on the other hand, is completely open. Was a new video card released? Just slap that puppy in! Your processor is running slow? Get a new one and your games will run smooth as butter!
Of course it is not quite that easy. "Slapping" a new graphics card in a PC can be intimidating. Upgrading your processor might require an upgrade in motherboard as well.
But building and upgrading a PC is one of the most satisfying and enriching experiences for a gamer. Knowing how everything fits and works together inside the box will help your child in whatever IT path they choose.
This course covers all the parts of a PC, how to decide which one to get, and how to put them together. Students who finish the class will know how to purchase parts and build their own machine.