Become an educated consumer! This course clearly explains the function and effect on performance of computer components such as the CPU, drive, RAM, etc. You will learn how CPU features such as cores, threads and cache memory affect computer performance. You will also learn about solid state drives (SSDs) versus hard disk drives (HDDs), RAM, display technologies, battery performance and variations in peripheral ports such as USB 3.0, microphone jacks, HDMI, etc. Even if you are not in the market for a new computer, this course will improve your understanding of the computer you already own and empower you to get the most computer for your money when it is time to purchase a new computer. A worksheet/guide for comparing computers is included in the course.