A Beginner’s Guide to PC Jargon

A Beginner’s Guide to PC Jargon

Blair Tech Team on Jun 14th 2023

Do you struggle with understanding technical terms and knowing where to plug in each cord on your PC? No need to worry! Blair Tech , the largest globally recognized Microsoft Authorized Reseller, is here to help you choose the ideal computer for your needs. We'll explain every specification in detail to make the process easier for you.

Processor (CPU)

The Central Processing Unit (CPU) is like the brain of a computer, responsible for thinking and calculations. The processor's speed, measured in Gigahertz (GHz), and its number of cores determine its ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. You may be familiar with Intel's Core series (i3, i5, i7, i9), where higher series numbers typically indicate better performance. However, lower series numbers can still be suitable, depending on what you need to do on your PC.

Blair Tech offers a wide range of PCs equipped with powerful CPUs, from the budget-friendly Intel Core i3 to the high-performance Intel i7 series. Check out our lineup!


Your computer's short-term memory is the Random Access Memory (RAM). The more RAM your PC has, the more tasks it can handle simultaneously without slowing down. Nowadays, PCs come with at least 8GB RAM, but if you're a gamer or use many programs at once, we suggest having 16 GB. Looking for more RAM? Blair Tech Group offers PCs with up to 16GB RAM for power users and options to upgrade if you need even more.

Storage: HDD and SSD

Your computer's storage is responsible for holding all the necessary apps and files. Two primary types of storage are Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and Solid-State Drives (SSD). HDDs are cheaper but slower and offer more storage space. SSDs, on the other hand, are more expensive but faster and more dependable. Many individuals prefer a combination of both - using an SSD for the operating system and apps for speed, and an HDD for storing files.

At Blair Tech, you can choose from PCs with different storage options, including HDD, SSD, or a combo of both to suit your specific needs and budget. We suggest a HDD if you need lots of storage for files and photos and you aren't too worried about speed, and an SSD if you want storage that lets your PC reach its maximum performance potential!

Graphics Card (GPU)

Your computer's Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) is responsible for displaying images and videos on your screen and handling data processing for games. The built-in graphics will suffice if you only need to perform basic tasks or light gaming. However, suppose you plan on doing heavy-duty gaming or design work. In that case, investing in a dedicated graphics card is recommended. 

Blair Tech has a great selection of PCs for gamers looking to get started in the world of PC gaming with several hand-crafted refurbished entry level gaming bundles with everything you need to get started including a mouse and keyboard, monitor and more!

if you are looking to start in high-end gaming space, check out our gaming brand Periphio for even better options, all the way up to high-end VR ready rigs like the new Periphio Firestorm series!


When considering a display, there are a few key specifications: screen size, resolution, and panel type. Generally, a higher number of pixels means a clearer picture. Screen resolution can range from HD to 4K or even 8K. The panel type is also important to consider. IPS panels tend to offer vivid colors and wide viewing angles. In contrast, TN panels tend to have faster response times, making them ideal for gaming.

Blair Tech provides a broad selection of refurbished laptops and monitors with various display specifications. Whether you're looking for an HD screen for basic tasks or a 4K IPS display for professional design work, we've got you covered. We offer an extensive selection of affordable refurbished monitors! Interested in a super detailed UHD 4K display? We have a great Lenovo ThinkPad laptop option for you as well!

Ports and Connectivity

Consider the necessary ports and connectivity requirements. These may include USB ports, an HDMI port to connect to a monitor or TV, an Ethernet port for internet access, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for wireless connectivity.

With Blair Tech, connectivity is never an issue. Our range of PCs comes with numerous port options and robust wireless connectivity features to keep you connected in any situation. Our PC accessories section has a wide array of peripherals including webcams, HDMI adapters and more!

Finding the Perfect PC

Deciphering the language of PC specifications is the first step in finding the perfect computer for your needs. It's important to remember that the most expensive computer isn't always the best choice. You should choose a computer that meets your specific needs and budget. If you need an affordable refurbished home or business computer, Blair Tech offers a full line of high performance PC's, laptops and tablets for half the price versus buying brand new! With nearly 20 years of experience in the PC reselling industry, our team of experts at Blair Tech is available to help you through the purchasing process.