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PC MAC Feasibility Report Revision

PC MAC Feasibility Report Revision - The Feasibility of...

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The Feasibility of Macintosh or PC Computers for the Average UF Student University of Florida ENC 3254 Sec. 7926 Kyle Kravitz John Thomas Donald Neuterman Introduction
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With the integration of computers into our modern lives, we need to purchase a computer to adapt to the ever-changing technological world. Especially at the University of Florida, you will typically always hear a professor or instructor tell you about assignments posted online, messages, or online study materials. Some engineering and journalism courses even require students to have a capable computer run an assortment of programs. These needs, and the social needs of students to entertain themselves, push students to purchase a computer. Especially with the University of Florida’s high-speed wireless connection on campus, a student can find life much simpler with a computer. Without a computer, a student is nearly handicapped in his/her ability to learn. However, there are two different types of computers in mass production today that a typical UF student can choose from: Apple Macintosh computers (MAC) and the standard Personal Computer (PC). Since Wi-Fi covers every area of the main UF campus and present laptop computers include every feature of a standing desktop computer, this report considers PCs and MACs. It is important to understand the feasibility of purchasing a MAC or a PC because they differ. A student may find that they are missing an important element in one laptop computer that would be available in the other. For example, mechanical and aerospace engineering students at UF are required to use a program called Solid Works. In order to use this required program, students are required to purchase a PC rather than a MAC due to the operating system. There are ways to install a program such as this on a MAC, but requires downloading unofficial data that may be dangerous to the computer. There are noticeable differences between MACs and PCs, but they both share the same design and components. The Processors, screen resolutions, memory (RAM), hard drives, and video cards are all important specifications that contribute to the overall operation of both PCs
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and MACs. Their specifications, which we will evaluate as the criteria for this report, often differ in quality and price from computer to computer. A UF student choosing between a MAC and PC should consider these component differences when deciding to purchase a computer. Processing power is important to college students because it allows for quicker processing of information, which means faster loading speeds for programs. Memory, or RAM, works with the processor by storing information in a cell before being processed. Larger RAM modules allow for more information to process at each moment. Screen size preference may vary from student to student, but the resolution of the screen determines how clear and attractive the laptop screens are when operating. Hard Drives store all information on the computer, which also includes music, videos, and video games. The videos and video games use video cards, another component, to improve
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