Here's our Hardware Tip for.. November 22, 2002
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Internal Versus External Components--Part 1 of 3
One of the reasons that people choose internal rather than external components is to save space on their desks; external components can quickly stack up, consuming every bit of flat surface in your office or cube. Unfortunately, this reality has prompted PC makers to shrink the size of the desktop PC itself. In turn, this shrinkage has left little room for expansion bays. Thus, if you do plan to add to or upgrade your PC with space-saving internal components, consider buying a tower or minitower PC. Most desktop systems (those designed to sit on top of your desk) offer very few if any bays for new devices.