Computer Hardware Basics
Welcome, to everyone who is taking advantage of our free computer training program! The first lesson is going to focus on learning the basics - a little about each part of your computer. We realize that each member of our training program is at a different skill level, but we feel there is always something to be learned. We will go through the major parts of a computer, and try to add some value beyond the basics specs. We figure you must know most of the basics, so we just wanted to share some thoughts on each component.
Processor (CPU) - The "brains" so to speak of the computer, it does most of the heavy lifting. Often times, people confuse a slow computer with a slow processor, when in many cases it is because you are low on RAM or your hard drive is under performing. Increases seen in your overall speed are more likely to be attributed to upgrading your computer's memory, as opposed to increasing the processor speed. If you do choose to upgrade your processor, new technologies are the best time to upgrade - but keep in mind your motherboard has limitations in regards to processor upgrades.
Memory (RAM) - Often times the most overlooked part of any computer. Most people do not make sure they have enough when they buy them, nor do they upgrade it when their computer is running slow. RAM is what the computer uses to help run programs. The more windows you have open, the more RAM that is required. The operating system also requires a significant amount of RAM to run, so keep in mind when you upgrade your operating system, chances are you will need to also do a memory upgrade. The great news is, for most recent computers RAM is amazingly affordable, and in our experience is the single best thing you can upgrade to increase your computers performance in day-to-day life.
Hard Drive (HDD) - Typically something (at least in current times) that is a non issue. With hard drives being so huge, people have completely forgotten about some of the other important issues. One being RPM - the speed that hard drive rotates - which directly affects performance. If you want programs to load faster, files to move around quicker, and overall better performance, make sure you take a look at your hard drive's performance. 7200RPM is generally still better than what comes with most computers, so if you like performance and don't need piles of space, make sure you go with a fast hard drive, as opposed to a bigger one. In our experience, as you increase in RPM's, you will decrease in space for your dollar. There is a happy medium for most people,but we like the speed.
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