Computer Spec's? What do they mean?

There are a number of computer specifications that you see when shopping for a computer. Having a basic understanding of what 'specs' are really does help you look for a computer.

Processor / CPU

The processor / cpu can be defined as the brain of the computer. Processors are important to determine overall performance of the machine but they also have a huge impact on the computers price. Typically, the higher the CPU clock speed is, the faster it will be in regards to performance.

The main difference between processors used in Laptops and Computers is that the cooling technology used ; also, most desktop processors can be overclocked - where as laptop processors cannot be overclocked (tuned).

Memory / RAM

The memory / ram of a computer is used by the processor / cpu as a storage for when its processing tasks you wish to do. On average, 4GB is fine for casual browsing or running simple programs. Gamer's will usually find they're better off with slightly higher amounts of memory to help render games well; finally, people wishing to render graphics or use specialist software with their computers will definitely find themselves using more.

Now a days, an intel i3 would suite anyone wanting a general purpose computer. An intel i5 would suite a well balanced all round machine or gaming computers. Intel i7's are great if you're after a computer for high performance machines used for specialist software or editing.

Graphics Cards / GPU

A graphics card / gpu is the technology used to display everything you see on your screen. For people are aren't interested in gaming or graphical development work - the graphics built into your processor / cpu will usually be more than adequate.

However, for users planning to play games, render graphics or use some specialist software its most likely you'll need a powerful graphics card in order to do it properly.

Storage / HDD / SSD

The amount and type of storage available with your computer is essentially where your computer will be storing documents and data. HDD's are traditional hard drives they typically offer higher amounts of storage for a lower overall cost. However, over time its possible for them to fail or corrupt because of their moving parts.

SSD's on the other hand are a newer type of technology that stands for a Solid State Drive. They have no moving parts and are significantly lighter and smaller because they have no moving parts; utilise flash memory. Typically, SSD's offer lower overall storage for a higher overall cost. However! SSD's significantly increase the performance of a computer as they make everything faster for the user.

At Reach IT Solutions, we usually recommend most customers to have an SSD for their operating system and HDD for large data storage. This solution is the best of both words; it provides users with fast performance as well as large storage for their data.

Operating System / OS

The operating system is what the user of a computer actually interacts with when using a computer. The operating system is essentially an interface between the various parts that make up a computer and the user. The most well known and common operating systems include Windows, iOS and Linux.

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