- Introduction to the PC
PC Guide’s Introduction to the PC gives a nice overview of the components of a PC, along with links to more detailed information if you want it.
- Make Use Of’s Your PC Inside & Out Part 1
Covers the chassis, power supply, and motherboard.
- Make Use Of’s Your PC Inside & Out Part 2
Covers the CPU, RAM, storage, video card, and expansions.
- The Idiot’s Guide to Building Your Own Computer
A how-to-build guide; useful even if you never want to actually BUILD your own machine.
- The Basic Parts Of A Computer & How To Upgrade Them
Keeping your computer alive and kicking…
CPUs & Motherboards
- What is a CPU and What Does It Do?
- Everything you need to know about the CPU
- From Sand to Silicon: the Making of a Chip
Multimedia explanation from Intel
- A Brief History of CPUs: 31 Awesome Years of x86 (from Maximum PC)
Trace the evolution of the Pentium family of CPUs.
Memory and Storage
- Computer Data Storage Through the Ages — From Punch Cards to Blu-Ray (from Maximum PC)
A look at the various forms of computer data storage.
- Gizmodo Explains Everything You Need to Know About Hard Drives
Not everything, just everything you need to know!
- Read only memory
How ROM works
How cache memory works
- Chapter 2 Video Lecture
- Hard Drive Teardown