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They have never bought a computer before and have around 1800 to spend on both hardware and software.

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Assignment 6-Unit 3 Hardware and Software Angela and David need to buy a computer. They plan to use it to produce letters and newsletters, to create a website, to keep the club accounts, to record members of the club, and to detail stockists of tandems in their area. They have never bought a computer before and have around �1800 to spend on both hardware and software. Hardware Main Processing Unit The work they will be doing on the computer is not the most demanding for a computer, so the specification of it will not need to extremely high. I would recommend a fast, budget processor, like a Celeron or Duron. These are cheaper than Pentiums and Athlons and for the tasks Angela and David are carrying out, they will not notice much difference in performance. A clock speed of 1000-1500Mhz would be sufficient for their needs. On the memory front, I would recommend 256Mb of memory, as it is an amount that would make Microsoft Windows XP and Office XP run smoothly, and it is also the standard requirement for most modern software programs. The memory will also be useful as it will allow a large number of files, in this case web pages and graphics, to be open at one time. A motherboard will be needed, and it will need to be compatible with the processor and memory chosen. There will need to be a sound card and a video card, and as they will not be using these to use graphics intensive programs, such as games, I would suggest that they chose a motherboard with these already built in. ...read more.


Angela and David will need a printer in order to produce hard copies of their documents. I would recommend an inkjet printer, with a fairly high resolution (around 1200dpi) so that they can change between the different resolutions they need. They also need one that is economical to run, which have replacement cartridges that are inexpensive to replace. Speakers would also be a good idea, as they will open up other uses of the computer in the future, such as digital music, internet browsing, controlling Windows, and multimedia applications. Storage The computer will need a hard drive, to store all of the data from the various programs on it. For the needs of David and Angela, I would advocate the use of a 40Gb hard drive. This will allow plenty of room for them to store their programs, documents and images. As they are novices, this size of hard drive will take an extremely long time to fill up, if ever, which is good for them as it means they do not have to worry about technical matters inside the computer. In order to install the software that they will need, a CD drive is obligatory. They are quite cheap and I would recommend a 52-speed drive, which means that data is read from it extremely quickly, reducing the time needed. The couple have no need for a DVD drive, as they do not require viewing of DVD Video discs or DVD software. ...read more.


In this case, I would advise the Williams' to purchase Microsoft Publisher 2002. It contains wizards and templates to aid in the creation of newsletters, as well as other documents like posters. As it is part of the Microsoft Office XP family, the interface is very similar, so it will be easy to get to grips with if they understand other Office products. This costs around �100. Health and Safety Angela and David will need to be aware of health and safety issues before using their computer. Set-up * Do not force cables into ports * Keep cables tidy, neat, and out of the way * Do not turn on the electricity before all the cables are in. Usage * Organise an electrical safety check at least once a year * Use an adjustable chair with backrest * Use a wrist support * Take regular breaks from the computer * Position the computer correctly * Do not consume food or drink near a computer. * Adjust position in seat so arms are horizontal, mouse is in easy reach and eyes are level with top of VDU. * Follow instructions on consumables like printer ink and dispose of them correctly. * Install a screen filter to protect from eye strain * Keep the screen clean with anti-static screen cleaning solution, not polish to reduce glare * Adjust position of computer and monitor to reduce glare from lighting Upgrading * When upgrading the computer, always turn the power off, be gentle, and take anti-static precautions, e.g. anti-static mat William Neale 11MC Page 1 ...read more.

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