The main circuit board of the computer. All key
internal and external components plug into the
RAM (Radom Access Memory) is the temporary
Motherboard, i.e. CPU, RAM, Hard Drives, etc. workspace of the computer and determines how
The speed at which information travels across much work can be done at any one time. The workspace
the Motherboard is referred to as the BUS speed. is cleared when the computer is switched off or
re-started. RAM is measured in MB (Megabytes) or
Central Processing Unit (CPU) GB (Gigabytes) and has a major influence on the
The brain of the computer, the CPU’s performance (speed) of the computer.
function is to execute the instructions in
the programmes. The speed of the CPU
is measured in
(GHz). CD or DVD/CD Burner
This is a device which can record and read
data, programmes, music, photos, etc on CD’s
Storage - Hard Drive
and/or DVD’s. Storage capacity is measured in GB. Most
burners can do both record (CD-R) and rewrite (CD-RW). The hard drive stores all
programmes and information
Mouse (data). Hard drive capacity is
This is a device which measured in GB (Gigabytes),
enables you to navigate determining how much
your computer from information and how many
one programme to programmes can be stored.
another as well as
various other quick
one touch functions.
A video card or graphics card is
similar to a processor, but is specifically
designed to control the screen
images or graphics on the
computer. A high quality
graphics card is needed
Keyboard 101 keys for graphic-intensive
This is a device which enables games, videos and
you to type all your information programmes.
into the computer.
Monitor or Screen
This device enables you to view
all commands and programmes
in your computer. Available in
LCD and TFT format.