How is a computer like making Thanksgiving Dinner? RTFM Blog | Milwaukee PC
Skip to main content
Home  › ... RTFM Blog

RTFM

read the friendly manual

 

We know... talking to most computer people is like reading DYI furniture instructions: boring, confusing, judgy, and about as impersonal as it can get.  That's not us - Milwaukee PC is a friendly, judgement free zone!

We're eager to help and teach you about technology, and we're always willing to help find a solution right for you.  Our friendly blog is a collection of help articles, how-to's, industry news, sweet computer builds, and more.  Have a question or an idea for an article?  Reach out to us on social media!

 

How is a computer like making Thanksgiving Dinner?

How is a computer like making Thanksgiving Dinner?

Yeah, that might sound crazy, but hear me out.  If we make some comparisons, it might help explain how some of the major parts of a computer work together.

The CPU

The Central Processing Unit (CPU), or commonly referred to as ‘processor’, is the ‘chef’.  No matter how much food you have to make, you can only cook as fast as the ‘chef’ can cook.  To cook faster or bigger dishes, you need a better ‘chef’ to be able to keep up.  Multi-core processors are like adding a ‘sous chef’ that is only able to make specific things, like sauces or deserts – they can’t help with every program, but for programs that they can work on they help a lot.

The Memory

The Random Access Memory (RAM), or just ‘memory’ is where the programs/information that the processor is going to work on is stored.  In our comparison, it would be your ‘counter space’ in the kitchen.  If you don’t have enough ‘counter space’, your ‘chef’ is going to be limited on what he can work on as he has to keep moving things around to get to what he needs to work on.  But if you have too much ‘counter space’, it doesn’t speed up the ‘chef’ as he can only work on so much at a time.  Would 100 feet of counter space make you a faster chef in your kitchen?

The Storage Drive (Hard Drive / Solid State Drive)

The storage drive in your computer is like your kitchen’s pantry and fridge.  This is where the materials are all stored for your computer to work on.  A bigger pantry doesn’t make you cook faster, it just means that you have more items to choose from to make your food.

As you can see with the example above, the different parts of your computer work together to perform the tasks you want it to do.  Some things can help overall speed, but if the rest of your computer are not up to the tasks, these may have to be upgraded as well.