Clay’s Chaos Column 1/2

Welcome back to the school year Skippers. To those who have just started reading our paper, I’m the new Webmaster of the Erie Square Gazette. This column of mine will replace the Chaos Column of the last Webmaster, Cody Kimball. And yes, he was my brother.

This column will feature everything possible, like a “random” section on an image board website, but it will maintain a focus on upcoming campus events, interesting finds on the internet and general technology.

So for my first piece let’s talk technology.

Now not everyone is tech savvy. Some don’t even know the difference between memory and storage in a computer. But for those who do, we know the potential for the upgrade of a computer.

What most consumers don’t know is that any computer bought from a retail store is not bought at full potential. RAM, or memory, upgrades may be bought, expansion drives may be added, hard drives can be added or upgraded, and more.

An easy way to check if your computer can have an upgrade is to check its specifications. A free download of either Speccy from Piriform, CPU-Z from CPUID, or a Crucial scan can show you the amount of RAM you have.

Crucial has the advantage of telling you exactly how many expansion slots you have for RAM, your maximum memory capacity, and offers you custom sales on memory upgrades. Speccy and CPU-Z, however, can tell you the model of your motherboard and the rating of your Central Processing Unit, or CPU. With this, you can look up the potential upgrades to your processor, graphics, networking, etc, without opening up the case.

Now if you aren’t lost by now, you’re probably wondering where you can find these new parts. For this, we head once again to the internet. Retail stores usually overprice computer parts in order to pay for the expenses of running store chains. Internet companies, on the other hand, need only to pay for warehouses and domain fees, thus prices are held closer to their actual value.

My preferred site is Newegg.com for DIY computer building. Other sites include Crucial.com, Tigerdirect.com, and more.

That is all for this week. If you have any questions for me, send them to eriesquaregazettewm@gmail.com. I may feature the answer to your question online, or in a future issue.

Clay Kimball

Webmaster

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