Re: if you were getting a new computer.


Gene
 

I've just read a lot of a long Quara thread on the subject. After seeing many different opinions and some discussion, I'll say that I don't know if having 16GB of RAM will speed up a computer even if you never use 8GB. I will say that I question whether it matters much for the typical user. If I can save between sixty and 85 dollars roughly by having 8 GB of RAM, I'll have 8GB. I'm not so affluent that I want to spend the extra money for possible gains in performance that would so minimally affect my computer use. Most of my time is spent listening to audio, reading e-mails, answering some, browsing the Internet and doing some audio recording and editing.

Saving a few seconds here and there is meaningless. And let's say I want to have my browser be faster. If I use an ad blocker, I've already significantly speeded up my browser and gotten more protection against possibly corrupted advertising that is malicious. And I haven't spent an extra penny.

If I really wanted to speed it up, I could get an SSD drive. Getting an SSD drive would speed up my machine much more than adding RAM when I'm not using all I currently have.

Gene

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From: Gene
Sent: Sunday, April 18, 2021 5:32 PM
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I doubt it. If you have 8gb and you are only using six, how is having 10
more unused GB going to matter? If you have a race car or a station wagon
and you are driving on highways at about 65 or 70 miles an hour, what
difference does it make whether your car's top speed is 120 or 220 miles per
hour.

Gene
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From: chris judge
Sent: Sunday, April 18, 2021 5:18 PM
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They sure do, and there is definitely a difference between 8 gig and 16. Few
people who have experienced both will dispute that.


Chris Judge


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From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Janet
Sent: April 18, 2021 4:48 PM
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Hi John,
I have to agree with you when you say SSDS do make a difference, as I have a
519 SSD, and my Laptop boots on within a second! With my desktop with 2 TBS
HD it takes at least 3 minutes to boot up!
Janet


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John Holcomb II
Sent: Sunday, April 18, 2021 1:11 PM
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Yeah SSDs really do make a difference in my experience.
But having said that there's no real need for most to get more than 256GB.
Now there's one thing to keep in mind though.
If it’s a laptop, and everything is sottered onto the board, then no
upgrades would be possible, in that case if you can future proofing
wouldn't be a bad idea.
John


-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: Sunday, April 18, 2021 1:05 PM
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I meant solid state drives. It is evidently incorrect to refer to them as
digital drives.

Gene
-----Original Message-----
From: John Holcomb II
Sent: Sunday, April 18, 2021 11:58 AM
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It was made by Intel I and is on the way out.

I forget what it is though.

Digital drive? I’ve never heard anyone call anything a digital drive before.
What is that.

John







From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Monte
Single
Sent: Sunday, April 18, 2021 12:45 PM
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Hi List,



I am not in the market for a new computer, knock on wood.

What is the new memory I hear of these days. It is called octane memory.

Is this part of the ram, processor, of drive?



Cheers,



Monte





From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of enes
saribas
Sent: April 18, 2021 9:59 AM
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As I said though, programs are getting bigger. I'd go with at 16 gb if
budget allowed to be safe. But the 512 drives have more write capacity
before they have to be replaced, and also faster write performance.



On 4/18/2021 9:04 AM, John Holcomb II wrote:



I don’t think most normal users would need 512GB.

IT really depends on what he is doing.

With read/write at 500 MB for a Sata-based SSD, he doesn’t need to worry too
much about that either.

I’d say a Core I5 would do it. AMD vs. intel either of these would be fine.

We have no idea what kinda budget he is working with so THESE are just some
points to consider.

I do however agree with the 8GB ram.

John







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enes saribas
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At a bare minimum, go for gigabit ethernet options, 8 gb of dual channel
ram, an ssd of at least 512 gb, 1tb if you can aford it, even if you don't
use 1tb the 1tb drive has a much higher write speed and endurance. A
processor should be at least current gen 11th gen intel or fifth gen AMD r5,
don't getv stuff like pentium/celeron/i3 processors.



On 4/15/2021 1:30 PM, Jim Rawls wrote:



I will let you know as I find out.





From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of
John Holcomb II
Sent: Thursday, April 15, 2021 7:28 AM
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Do you forsee yourself doing anything more then broadcasting?

I’d go with two sound cards for one thing.

Is there a price you have to contend with?

How are you storing your music files?

John







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Jim Rawls
Sent: Thursday, April 15, 2021 2:26 AM
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Hi all,

It looks like I can select what I want on the computer I am getting, so, I
want your opinions.

What would you like on your computer? Since I am into music, and use music
files for my global voice shows, I obviously want a good player, and, a good
recorder to use. I want win amp as my primary player, and have been using
virtual recorder, but I’m open to suggestions on any recorder you like.
How much memory etc. would you like? any of these thoughts are
appreciated. I am running jaws 2018, but will be running jaws 2021 on my
new computer.[Jim

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