moderated Re: New computer specs

James Homuth

That depends if you're looking long-term or not. 2 years ago, you could get by if you brought your laptop to college on having 4 GB of RAM, even with a SSD. Now, the minimum specs for a college program up here say you need at least 8 GB. That's the minimum, so if you can spring for more, you probably should. And if you're in a more specialised program, like for example computer programming, should becomes must quick, fast and in a hurry.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Glenn / Lenny
Sent: August-25-19 12:45 PM
Subject: Re: New computer specs

For what most of us do with computers, I don't think we would see a difference between processors in terms of performance.
And with an SSD for the temp memory, all that RAM isn't even all that necessary.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tyler Wood" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, August 25, 2019 11:09 AM
Subject: Re: New computer specs

I remember those days, though it has been quite some time.

Intel hd graphics is more than sufficient these days. I remember when having a dedicated GPU helped screen reader performance in web browsing - but this isn't the case any more - and if you have no use cases for a dedicated card, put that money towards warranty, more ram, or drive storage. Everyone goes on about how horrible Intel Atom processors are, but my t100, 5 years later, still gets 20 hours of batterylife, still does the basic tasks, and cost me less than $500 when I bought it. I will preach this. Solid state drives are 99% of your performance gains these days. Processors don't mean anything if you have a spinning drive to go along with them if you are being bottlenecked by your mechanical hard drive. That is not to say they are no longer valid. I back up to them regularly. But expect them to fail - solid state technology has come so far that this is far less likely with them, though it can still doubtlessly happen, just like anything else, and backing up is something far too many take for granted.
I'm very happy I got Lenovo 3 year on site and tech replacement warranty as well as accident protection. I got this machine at a fantastic price, though, otherwise I was looking at the Dell Latitude series. The really nice thing about this machine is despite how thin it is, the back comes off with just a few screws, and the ram, storage, wireless card, battery, and fans are readily available, which makes it nice and easy if I need anything replaced.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Mario
Sent: August 25, 2019 10:36 AM
Subject: Re: New computer specs

I recall that there were issues with graphics cards from ATI. most of the time, NVIDIA cards worked okay. but that hasn't been an issue for some time.

-------- Original Message --------
From: Richard Turner []
To: <>
Date: Sunday, August 25, 2019, 12:59 AM
Subject: New computer specs

The only reason to have the faster processors is if you are editing large audio or video files and multitasking with some processor heavy software, which most people do not do.
And, if I remember correctly; which may be a big if, those graphic cards he mentioned have been problematic with Jaws.
Unless he has some software that is requiring it, which would be surprising.
I will never go back to a standard HD drive after using my SSD drive now for a year.


Always look out for #1, and be careful not to step in #2.

On Aug 24, 2019, at 9:52 PM, Tyler Wood <> wrote:

This is completely, 100% true.
Although using a solid state drive in 2019 is almost a must - at least for those that have experienced one. But so far as other sspecs are concerned there are too many people out there that equate an i7 or i9 to being better and that simply isn't true for just about 99% of use case scenarios.
Now that I look back at the specs, what are you needing a dedicated Nvidia Graphics card for in particular? Intel hd graphics does just fine so far as Jaws is concerned.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Glenn / Lenny
Sent: August 24, 2019 11:41 PM
Subject: Re: New computer specs

The suggestion about a 500 GB SSD is totally subjective.
I've seen folks who never use more than 80 to 10 GB of their HD.
Too often people think bigger is better and that is not always the case.
Also, when you look at all the high specs, what are you doing with it all?
I mean, I'll bet 90% of us here don't do any more than read eMail, open some web pages, open a spread sheet program once in a while, and listen to some
MP3 audio.
All this can be done with 10 year old technology just fine.
----- Original Message -----
From: "David & his pack of dogs " <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, August 24, 2019 11:35 PM
Subject: Re: New computer specs

A tech told me anything over 8 Gigs of ram is too much. I think he was dipping into some sort of sauce. I received what I was told was a refurbished Win 10 computer with 250 Gs hard drive. It turned out to be a windows 7 originally and you could make dinner by the time it booted up.
Thus, I agree with Feliciano.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Feliciano G
Sent: August 24, 2019 9:24 PM
Subject: Re: New computer specs

I suggest you upgrade to a 512 GB solid-state drive.

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On Aug 24, 2019, at 9:21 PM, Andrew Diederick <>

Hello all.
Looking to purchase a new dell laptop computer. Here are the specs:
I9 processor
16 GB ram
256 GB SSD
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060

I would like this computer to last me about six years. Are all of these specs acceptable for running JFW? Is there anything else that I should make certain a new laptop has for JFW use?
Appreciate any advise.

Thank you-

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