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Microcomputer Applications for Business Chapter 6

by: Gianna Molinare

Microcomputer Applications for Business Chapter 6 CGS2100

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These notes are based on chapter 6 from the Pearson textbook on Understanding and Assessing Hardware evaluating your system. This will be part on Exam #2.
Intro to Microcomputer Applications for Business
Jack Winston
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Date Created: 07/20/16
Ch 6 Understanding & assessing Hardware: evaluating your system  Your ideal computer o New tech emerge quickly o Things to consider:  Speed  Moore's Law  Predicted computer's capacity will double every few years  System components  Give you performance you need, compatibility  Hard drive storage capacity o Huge number of choices  Tablets  Ultrabooks  Netbooks  Tablet PC's  Laptops  Desktops o Mobility vs processing power  Evaluating CPU subsystem o CPU  Located on motherboard  Processes instructions  Performs calculations  Manages flow of info  Intel i5 & i7 processors o How CPU works  Composed of 2 units: control unit & Arithmetic logic unit (ALU)  Machine cycle: fetch, decode, execute, store o CPU's factors  CPU's processing power:  clock speed,  Power users- clock speed is very important; consider whether overclocking is worth sacrificing CPU longevity  Casual/Mobile users: clock speed isn't as important  overclocking,  cores,  Power users: get as many cores as possible  Casual users: fewer cores is acceptable  Mobile users: low power draw is more critical than number of cores  cache memory  Power users: paying for more cache memory is a good investment  Casual/mobile users: save your money  Multiple cores  Hyperthreading o Random access memory (RAM)  Short-term memory storage  Volatile storage o Read-only memory (ROM)  Start-up instructions stored here  Permanent nonvolatile storage o RAM in your system  Types- double data rate 3 (DDR3) & double data rate 5 (DDR5)  Memory modules  Dual inline memory modules  Mechanical hard drives o Coated platters stacked on a spindle o Data saved as pattern of magnetized spots of 1s and 0s o Patterns of spots are translated into data  Solid-state drives  Optical drives o Tiny pits burned into disc by high-speed lase  Evaluating video & audio subsystems o Video cards  Video display depends on 2 components: video card & monitor  Ports  DVI  HDMI  Display Port adapter  Video memory  Screen resolution dialog box  Advanced settings  Graphics processing unit (GPU) o Speakers & sound card o 3-D tech o Surround sound o Dolby Digital 7.1  Evaluating system reliability o Performance problems o Proper upkeep & maintenance  Getting rid of your old computer o Benefits of maintaining 2 systems o Environmental impact  Mercury  Cadmium o Donate o Remove all data before donating


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