Streaming Video, Music and More: Buying a Home Computer for the Entire Family
by Staff
How can you find a computer that helps you get your work done, stores your kid's music and provides killer graphics for your spouse's video games? Before you get a new computer for the family, test how much you know about home computing systems.

Which of these is the computer's "brain?"

  • GB
  • CPU
  • RAM

Which is better for home computer users -- Mac or PC?

  • Mac
  • PC
  • It depends on your preference

Which of these CPU speeds is best if you're going to be using a lot of graphics on your home computer?

  • Single-core
  • Dual-core
  • Quad-core

What type of sounds will a subwoofer speaker help you hear?

  • High-pitched sounds
  • Medium-pitched sounds
  • Low-pitched sounds

How much memory do you need in your external hard drive to store 200 full-length movies?

  • 1 kilobyte
  • 1 terabyte
  • 1 gigabyte

What does RAM stand for?

  • Random access memory
  • Route address monitor
  • Router activation module

What does the "X" in the OSX operating system stand for?

  • Ten
  • Extra
  • Excitement

You're most likely to lose information in your computer if it's saved to which of these memory types?

  • Hard drive
  • ROM
  • RAM

Which of these types of media storage can hold the most information?

  • DVD
  • Blu-ray
  • CD

Which of these ports would you be most likely to connect your printer with to your home computer?

  • SCSI
  • PS/2
  • USB

Which type of computer memory is read-only?

  • RAM
  • ROM
  • Virtual

If you wanted one billion bites of storage, you would buy a hard drive with this much capacity.

  • 1 megabyte
  • 10 megabytes
  • 1 gigabyte

In 1984, what percentage of American homes had computers?

  • 8 percent
  • 12 percent
  • 20 percent

Which of these countries has the most number of personal computers per person?

  • United States
  • Canada
  • Switzerland

What was the first computer company to market the type of user interface that's still used in home computers today?

  • IBM
  • Apple
  • Microsoft

The Tandy, Radio Shack's personal computer that was released back in 1977, had how much memory?

  • 4 kilobytes
  • 8 kilobytes
  • 1 megabyte

Which of these measurements will tell you the speed of your computer's processor?

  • GHz
  • RAM
  • MHz

If you play a lot of video games, which type of graphics adapter should you buy?

  • Integrated graphics
  • Graphics card
  • Dual-core processor

Which of these drives will let you read and write to CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs?

  • Flash drive
  • Thumbnail drive
  • Optical drive

Which of these ports will let you connect to the Internet from your home computer?

  • Ethernet
  • eSATA
  • HDMI