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HOW THE COMPUTER SPECIFICATION IMPACTS ON PERFORMANCE


1.1
. All users of computer would like to see their computer perform tasks more quickly. How quickly a computer processes data depends on the type of data being input and the various hardware components employed in translating the data into an output. How well a computer performs is largely determined by the original build specification. It can be difficult and expensive to upgrade if the original motherboard and processor are designed to achieve a lower level of performance than the user subsequently would like.

1.2. When choosing a computer the user needs to think carefully about what they are likely to want the computer to do. The specification needed to perform office functions is substantially different from one for gaming. Graphics work  requires more resources than text processing. It is essential to determine use before deciding on a specification.

1.3. When the user has decided how the computer is to be used two ways forward are available. A branded computer e.g. Acer. Dell etc. may be purchased or a purpose built can be assembled based on selected components.

1.4. Whichever option is chosen the core component is the motherboard. The choice determines what processor can be used. The motherboard also determines the number and type of devices that can be connected. In particular how many USB ports are available and how many internal hard drives can be connected. The motherboard also fixes a maximum for how much RAM can be installed.

1.5. For a non-gaming computer the dominant factors impacting on system performance are the processor, the RAM and the hard drive or drives


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