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Computer Hardware Case Study

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You have been hired by Game Expand, a small local organization
that specializes in video game sales and distribution. You supply
video games to all of the retail outlets and rental stores in town.
After the owners purchased the head office, they have asked you
to help in developing the workstations. This entails the purchase
and set-up of all kinds of computer hardware. You will be
responsible for filing a purchase declaration form.
The organization is very small, consisting of only 12 individuals.
The organizational chart of Game Expand is as follows:

12 computers have already been purchased for the office. But the
following items are missing!

The owners are asking you to use the internet to research the
following items. Report what the items are and how many need to
be purchased in order to fulfill the network.
Using full sentences, fill out the purchase declarations, this tells
us what the items are, why theyre necessary, whether its an
input or output device and the cost.
Name of
Item
Monitor

Description

Input /
Output

A monitor is used to display what the


user is doing on the computer. LCD
flat screens are probably the best
choice for Game Expand Inc. since
they display a high definition picture
and come in various sizes. These
would be best for viewing video
games and developing advertising
displays. They range in prices from
$125 to $330 for a monitor with built
in speakers. I recommend the LG at
$159 because it is a well known
name. We will need to purchase 12
monitors.

Output

Complete the assignment for the following 13 items:


Mouse

Mobile Internet Sticks

Keyboard

Laser Printer

Scanner

Wireless Router

Speakers

Modem

microphone

RAM
USB Memory Cards
Ethernet Cards
Projector

Suggest
ed Cost
12 @
$159 =
$1,908

Game Expand
123 Main St.
Oakville, Ontario.
L6H U8R
(905) 555-1234

Name of Item

Mouse

Keyboard

Mobile
Internet
Sticks

RAM

Description

A mouse is mostly used with a personal


desk top computer. As the user moves it
along a smooth flat surface, it moves the on
screen cursor. By clicking the buttons on the
mouse you can select or move items.
These will be useful when testing games.
Computer mousses cost anywhere from $10
- $30 . Since computer mousses arent
generally used when playing video games,
we dont need one of high quality. I would
suggest purchasing the Microsoft compact
corded mouse at $14.65. We will need 12.
A keyboard is an arrangement of keys, that
act as switches. These are the main source
of input for computers. Since keyboards are
the most used while gaming, I would
suggest purchasing the Logitech Wireless
keyboard at $19.98 (on sale!). We will need
12.
A mobile internet stick is a USB device that
lets you accesses the internet. They vary in
prices, especially with what plan will work
the best for your company. I recommend the
Rodgers Rocket mobile internet stick at
$39.99. We will need 4.
RAM (Random Access memory) is a storage system
that holds data. It holds the data and uses it when you
CPU or phone needs it. These are useful for Game
Expand Inc. because it will remember out data while
testing games and such. They can cost anywhere from
10$-$1,000+. I would suggest purchasing the Kingston

Input / Output

Suggested
Cost

Input

12 @
$14.65
=$175.80

Input

12 @
$19.98
=$239.76

Output

4@
$39.99
=$159.96

Input/output

12 @
$44.99
=$539.88

Laser Printer

USB Memory
Cards

Scanner

Wireless
Router

Ethernet
Cards
Speakers

Modem

Projector

hyperX Fury 8GB at a price of $44.99. We will need


12.
A laser printer is a machine that holds dry ink, unlike
its competitor the inkjet, which holds wet ink. A laser
printer is 10X less expensive than its counterpart. We
will need a printer for printing documents. They can
cost anywhere from $70-$200+. I would suggest
purchasing the all in one HP laser jet pro laser printer at
$209.84. We will need 6.
USB's a data storage device that is used to store
documents, photos, etc. it's removable, portable, and fit
in your pocket! These are needed for saving documents,
and possibly putting games on. They cost anywhere
from $5-$1,000. I would suggest purchasing the
Kingston 32gb USB at $10.99 per USB, for its reliable
name and performance. We will need 12.
A scanner is a device that scans documents and other
things and converts them into digital data. They cost
anywhere from $80-$800. These will be useful for
administration, so I would suggest purchasing the
canon canoscan colour image scanner. They are $100,
and we will need 4.
A wireless router is a wireless accesses point that lets
the user connect to the Internet or a private network. A
wireless network will be needed so we can access the
Internet and try games. They cost anywhere from $25$800. I would suggest buying the Dlink wireless router
at $60. We will need 1.
An Ethernet card is an adapter they supports high speed
internet connections. They cost anywhere from $60$1,000+. I would recommend purchasing the Dell
Ethernet card at $59.99. We will need 12.
A speaker it a device that outputs audio for the user to
hear. These will be extremely useful, especially for
ones testing the games, because audio is something
that makes a game more exciting. They can cost from
$15-$200+. Since we will be using the speakers most
of the time I would suggest purchasing the Logitech
multimedia speakers at $49.99. We will need 12.
A modem is a device used to transmit data to
telephones. These devices are used for modulation and
demodulation. They cost anywhere from $20-$150. I
would suggest buying the TP-Link modem router at
$24.99. we will need 1.
A projector is a device that projects images and/or texts
onto a screen. These will be useful for meetings and

Output

6@
$209.84
=$1259.04

Input

12 @
$10.99
=$131.88

Input

4 @ $100
=$400

Output

1 @ $60
=$60

Input/output

12 @
$59.99
=$719.88

Output

12 @
$49.99
=$599.88

Input/output

1@
$24.99
=$24.99

Output

1 @ $299

Microphone

conferences, when something needs to be displayed.


They cost anywhere from $50-$300. I would suggest
buying the Epson EX3212 at $299. We will need 1.
A microphone is a device that transfers sound waves
into energy variations. They can be used for meetings
and even while gaming with other players. They cost
anywhere from $40-$200. I would recommend
purchasing the Oklahoma sound wireless microphone
at $171.58. We will need 2.

=$299
Input

2@
$171.58
=$343.16