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CPU (Central Processing Unit) – This is the commonly called the processor, it is the brain of your machine, it performs the millions of calculations needed to run your machine. The faster the processor, the faster it can do these calculations therefore the faster your device will run.

RAM (Random Access Memory) – This is commonly called the ‘memory’. This is essentially the working space the machine has got to run, the more RAM it has, the more applications it can run and the easier it can run them. Applications are read from the HDD (Hard Disk Drive) and loads it into RAM, ready for use.

GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) – This is a processor, similar to the CPU but is used primarily for 3D applications. Games and photo/video rendering rely on the GPU

HDD (Hard Disk Drive) – A hard disk drive is a mechanical device that stores the operating system and all of your data. Inside the HDD is a rotating disc with a read/write head hovering less than a hairs width above it.

SSD (Solid State Drive) – A solid state drive performs the same function as the hard drive. The main difference is that an SSD does not contain any moving parts, this drastically lowers the chance of damage or a malfunction. It is many times faster than a hard disk drive and also uses less power.

OS (Operating System) – The operating system is software that allows you to interact with the hardwire in a computer. It enables you to install programs, manage data, play games, browse the internet, play music and videos and much more.

ISP (Internet Service Provider) – An ISP is a company that provides and manages your internet connection, some examples are BT, Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk, EE, PlusNet

Web Browser – A web browser is an application that you can install on your computer to enable you to find and view things on the internet. There are many different browsers each with their own set of features to choose from.

USB (Universal Serial Bus) – USB is a way of connecting devices to a computer. There are many different variations but they all perform the same task. They can be used for connecting things like phones, cameras, keyboards, webcams, memory sticks, hard drives and more.

HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) – HDMI is a way of connecting devices to either a TV or projector.

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