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Remembering What’s What in Your Computer When asking about the speed, performance, and potential for upgrade to your computer, people start asking for the specs of your computer and start talking jargon that goes way over your head. Most people don’t think about the name of their RAM, processor, or motherboard often enough to remember it at a moment’s notice. Not only that, it’s easy to forget what each part does. The following is a brief synopsis to refresh your memory on the computer terminology that seems so basic to the rest of the world.

Random Access Memory (RAM) First, do you remember what your RAM is? People usually refer to RAM as your computer’s memory. Everywhere else in the world, people think of memory as the hard drive. It has everything to do with how much information you can make you can save to your computer before it runs out. That is not the memory that the computer experts are asking for. RAM memory has to do with how much your computer can think about at once. Think about the hard drive as the part of your brain that holds memories. You aren’t opening or using those memories all the time, but you can find and access them at will. Think about RAM as your ability to focus on one or multiple ideas all at once. The more you try to think about, the harder it is to think and everything processes much slower. RAM dictates your computer’s ability to think. Higher amounts of RAM will help it handle more ideas (or programs) easier and faster. Lower amounts will cause your computer to run slowly when you open programs beyond its capacity to handle. Usually there are extra slots available in your computer to increase your RAM manually to better the performance of your computer. These parts are sensitive though. Be sure that your new sticks match the old sticks exactly in performance power; otherwise the computer will not be able to use them.


Processor and Motherboard Second is the processor. Intel is a popular brand you hear when people are throwing names around. This is the part of the computer that interprets and does something with the commands that hardware and software give it. It’s the thing that controls the processes going on, the RAM getting used, and helps moderate the computer as a whole. Without the processor, your computer couldn’t execute a single thing. The larger your processors, the faster it can work through commands given in programs. Third and finally is the motherboard. It acts as the nerves for the processor. It is the system built to transfer all commands to and from the processor to other hardware and software. A broken motherboard will stop the commands from ever reaching their destination. When the central nervous system in the body is damaged, the brain can try to wiggle the toes, but the message just doesn’t get through. The same concept is true of the motherboard. The available RAM, processor, and motherboard are all dependent on each other to work properly. Often, when you want to drastically increase one, you have to drastically increase them all to balance out the power. Stevens-Henager College offers Provo computer technology and networking classes to help those interested in beginning a career. Provo computer technology and networking classes clarify how each process works and how to identify problems and fix problems in these hardware components.

Remembering What’s What in Your Computer  

Computers are great however it can sometimes be difficult to remember what is what inside the computer such as RAM, processors and the mothe...

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