Terms to Know When Buying Computers

leasing computers & purchasing IT assetsWhether you’re leasing computers or purchasing IT assets, it helps to understand product lingo when deciding.

Here are some terms provided by the non-profit technology organization TechSoup to help you make your decision:

1. CPU (Central Processing Unit, or just processor)

What it does – Essentially it’s your computer’s brain, which processes information. The faster the processor, the faster the computer.

What you need to consider – How well the processor will perform. This is based mostly on the number of cores (single, dual, etc.) and the processor speed (also known as “clock speed”), which is measured in gigahertz (GHz).

Minimum standard – Dual core processor with a clock speed of 2.6 GHz.

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