THE FOLLOWING PORTION OF DAYTIMEBLUERIDGE IS SPONSORED BY: WHEN BUYING A NEW COMPUTER FOR YOUR SOFTWARE AS A HOLIDAY GIFT, THERE IS SOME IMPORTANT INTERNAL COMPONENTS TO ENSURE ANY LAPTOP OR DESKTOP HAS THE FUNCTIONALITY AND SPEED THAT YOU REQUIRE. HERE TO TALK WITH US ABOUT WHAT TO CONSIDER IS KEITH DUNCAN FROM BRAMBLETON COMPUTER. FIRST, WE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE COMPUTER MEMORY. HOW MUCH SHOULD A COMPUTER HAVE FOR YOU TO SAY I WANT THAT? YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT OUR A.M. — RAM AND THE HARD DRIVE. RAM IS MORE TEMPORARY MEMORY. THE WAY I LIKE TO LOOK AT IT IS KIND OF LIKE YOU’VE GOT YOUR DISK AND PRODUCTS. THE MORE PROJECTS YOU HAVE RUNNING, WHETHER IT’S VIDEOS, MUSIC OR IF YOU ARE DOING OTHER LIKE EXCEL SPREADSHEETS OR WHATEVER, YOU MAY NEED MORE MEMORY SO IF YOU ARE DOING A LOT OF THINGS ON YOUR COMPUTER AT THE SAME TIME, IT TAKES MORE RAM MEMORY. THAT MAKES SENSE. 90 SAID PEOPLE GET THAT CONFUSED WITH THE HARD DRIVE. THE HARD DRIVE IS IMPORTANT BUT WHAT EXACTLY DOES A HARD DRIVE DO? A HARD DRIVE IS KIND OF LIKE YOUR FILING CABINET WHEN YOU WANT TO STORE YOUR PICTURES. I BROUGHT A COUPLE OF EXAMPLES HERE I WOULD LIKE TO SHOW. IT’S TALK ABOUT THOSE. THIS IS A DESKTOP HARD DRIVE. THIS IS WHAT MOST PEOPLE SEE IN THEIR COMPUTERS AND I WANT TO TAKE THE TOP OFF SO YOU CAN LOOK INSIDE THIS. A HARD DRIVE IS BASICALLY A COUPLE OF DISKS THAT’S BEEN AT 54 TO 7400 REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE. THE PROCESSES YOUR DATA BUT IT ALSO STORES DOCUMENTS. WHEN YOU HEAR ABOUT HARD DRIVES CRASHING, THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS. THERE IS TWO TYPES OF HARD DRIVE. THIS IS SPINNING OR TRADITIONAL HARD DRIVE AND NEW TECHNOLOGY IS SOLID-STATE. I RECOMMEND THESE BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO MOVING PARTS. IT DOESN’T SPIN. IT DOESN’T BREAK. AND THE LIFETIME IS A LOT. IT MADE — IT MAKES YOUR COMPUTER MUCH FASTER. WE HAVE THOSE TWO COMPONENTS. THE THIRD WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT IS A GRAPHICS CARD. WHAT DOES IT DO? THE LAPTOP, MOST LAPTOPS HAVE AN INTEGRATED GRAPHICS CAPABILITY BUILT INTO THE MOTHERBOARD. THE ONLY EXCEPTION TO THAT WOULD BE LIKE A GAMING COMPUTER THAT HAS A SEPARATE GRAPHICS CARD. GRAPHICS CAN BE MISLEADING FOR MOST PEOPLE. WHEN I TALK TO PEOPLE, I LIKE TO KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO DO. IF YOU ARE GAMING, YOU NEED TO LOOK AT SOMETHING WITH A GRAPHICS CARD LIKE A GAMING COMPUTER. DESKTOP IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT. YOU CAN ADD A GRAPHICS CARD FOR THOSE BUT THE BEST THING TO DO IS I LIKE TO ASK PEOPLE WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ON YOUR COMPUTER, HOW ARE YOU GOING TO USE IT? AND THEN TO KNOW THAT YOU HAVE THE RAM, THE MEMORY AND THE GRAPHIC CAPABILITIES THAT YOU NEED TO DO WHAT YOU WANT WITH YOUR OWN COMPUTER. IS THAT SOMETHING PEOPLE CAN COME AND SAY I DON’T KNOW VERY MUCH ABOUT COMPUTERS, THIS IS WHAT I’M LOOKING TO DO? ABSOLUTELY. THE FIRST THING I ALWAYS ASK IS WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH YOUR COMPUTER AND HOW ARE YOU GOING TO USE IT? IF YOU ARE JUST GOING TO USE IT FOR A COUPLE OF EMAILS AND BASIC THINGS, YOU DON’T NEED HIGH-END SPECS BUT IF YOU WANT TO DO STREAMING FROM YOUR TV, IT TAKES A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT SPECS. THEY CAN GIVE YOU A CALL AT 540-682-2014.

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