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The "Not-So- Weird"
Science of Creating
the Ideal Computer



The Lowdown on

Is your PC plain vanilla while you
long for a banana split? Have you be-
gun to take another look at your hard-
working, faithful, original equipment
and wondered whether or not it's time
to add on and/or upgrade the system?
Pitfalls abound. One person's need
for speed is another's waste of money.
In a quest for increased memory, do
you simply need to add 64K's worth of
inexpensive memory, or must you part
with megabucks for megabytes of
memory expansion? Let's face (or in-
terface) it-adding on takes a little
First, you need to sit down and ana-
lyze your specific needs. Exactly how
are you going to use your computer?
Does word processing comprise more
than 90 percent of what you do, or do
you now need a color/graphics
monitor to create dazzling graphics
for art class, draw blueprints for your
architecture course, or even tap into
information resources other than

those which the campus library can
Memory: How Much Is
Most PCs come with between 64K
and 640K of memory, which can be
significantly increased without having
to buy a whole new machine. If you
want to soup up your comput-
er's existing memory, the fastest and
least expensive way is to add an "ex-
pansion card." Expansion cards often
provide additional capabilities, in-
cluding an extra serial or parallel port
(socket) for attaching peripherals-
such as modems, printers, and joy-
sticks-to your system unit. Before
purchasing expansion cards, however,
check to see if your computer has emp-
ty slots.
The backbone of your computer is,
of course, its system board (also
known as the "mother board"); and
the second way to boost your PC's

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