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Equipment needed for a Graphic PC

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  • Essay length: 1832 words
  • Submitted: 04/07/2012
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AS and A Level Computer Science

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Let's Help Jakub List

1. R.A.M

Random Access Memory (RAM) is a form of computer data storage. The industry standard is around 4GB. RAM is important for graphic computers because if you have a low RAM it will not be able to cope with high resolution pictures and so you need more RAM.

2. HD Monitor

A HD monitor has a high resolution, 1920 x 1080 pixels. It is important to graphic design because on a normal monitor you would not be able to see the picture properly. With a HD monitor the picture would be more clear and easy to see.

3. Graphic Card

A Graphic card is an expansion card which generates output images to a display. The graphic card is responsible for generating all the text and pictures that are displayed on your screen. It is important to have a good Graphic card because so it can display high resolution images. A really good graphics card is easy to spot. It has lots of memory and a fast processor.

4. Processor

The processor acts like the brain of the computer. It carries out the instructions

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Reviewed by: paradoxsocks

Rating: 4 star(s)

Response to the question

The list of what is required to run a graphic PC is correct and a real understanding is shown, although there is some slightly erroneous information. For example, the industry standard being 4GB is a generalisation as various systems will require various amounts of RAM so there isn't ever one 'standard'. The same is true for the comments about Intel quad cores and 500GB hard drives being industry standard. The student would have been better saying that these pieces of hardware are currently top of the range and should use 'industry standard' to only describe the things that really are industry standard.

There is also some level of detail missing: while larger numbers generally imply a faster system, there are other important features such as cache size for CPUs and RAM speed that could influence the PCs speed. Providing an explanation of what CPU cores are and what they do would have further improved the essay.

Overall, the essay answers the question well and shows understanding but there is space for improvement.

Level of analysis

The limitations of hardware section shows a good level of analysis of the impact of using inadequate hardware. There are some areas that could have been discussed in more depth but a good understanding is shown.

The student should be aware that simply stating that newer hardware is better is not always correct - a faster, older piece of hardware could easily outpace a newer, slower one.

The analysis of the different software packages for graphics is good, although more depth would really improve this section. A side-by-side comparison, perhaps in a table, would have really shown the pros and cons of each of these pieces of software.

Quality of writing

This essay is well written and has few gramatical errors. There are a few repetitive areas but they're limited and usually add clarity.

There is a tendency for the student to say the same thing twice in one sentence. For example, the student states that the computer will be slow if there isn't enough RAM and that this slows the computer down. This is something that should be watched for and the student should be aware of their tendency to do this.

I'd have also liked to see a conclusion at the end as this is quite a long piece of work that just suddenly stops.

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