Choose your computer around the processor. Definitely get an i7 or
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similar. I did the same as Abraham in 2013. I bought a dell computer
with the best i7 processor, 24 gigs of Ram, a 256 GB solid state drive
and a one tb rotating hard drive. It came with Windows 8.1 and was
easily upgraded this year to Windows 10. The only repair needed was
the replacement of the CD/DVD drive. It is likely to easily last
another 7 and not become outdated. Yes, it was a little pricy when I
bought it, but the price was significantly less than list because it
was the store display model.
On 8/18/20, Abraham Sweiss <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Here is my
Du not buy a computer for what your needs are now but for the possible
needs in 5 years.
My current desktop was purchased in 2013. I paid for the SSD drive and a 1
tb hard disk. And the newest motherboard chip set along with as much ram
as I could get. And also got Windows 7 pro. This way I can future proof
my computer and so far it has been working great and have been able to
upgrade to win 10 with no issues. And looking at the new low cost lap tops
and desktops, mine seems to perform better then the new ones. And as long
as there are no catastrophic failures expect this desktop will last another
And lets not forget the desktop I have sitting next to it which I had build
when Windows XP was released. Think at least 20 years old and still running
great. Only reason had to get new desktop was it did not support Windows 7.
In short make the investment now to get best of breed hardware to ensure a
long life for your desktop. And find a distributor which will build it from
From: Chris Hill
Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 1:35 PM
Subject: Re: Specs for a new desktop computer
From what I've dealt with, I'd say that four cores is a decent way to
go, unless you're doing a ton of multitasking, more than that is likely
overkill. I've checked my system, and I seldom find it using more than
8 of my 16gb of ram. I'm seldom using more than a web browser, k1000
and maybe word and an email program at the same time, and that is a
heavy use case for me. If you're programming or something, you might
use more. I also have a separate video card, so that may explain the
low ram usage as well. If money were any kind of issue for a blind
user, I'd suggest forgetting the video card and getting extra ram only
if you tend to keep a lot of stuff open at one time.
On 8/18/2020 10:51, Mario wrote:
I can only make suggestions as 8 GB of RAM is a good amount to start
with unless you intend to do intensive tasks. more RAM increases the
number of programs that can be running simultaneously. and I think
there is a small performance hit the more RAM the computer has. I'm
not clear on the role that the specifications have on the snappiness
like the type, timings and other specs. .
opting for an SSD will make access to storage of files snappy
especially at boot up time. it also has a longer life span since there
aren't any moving parts unlike a traditional spinning platter HD. and
don't forget that an SSD runs cool and produces no vibration.
I'd suggest no less than 240 GB unless you can afford to pay for 500
GB (of course, this depends if you like to try alot of programs,
tinker around with the unknown, or play it safe and stick with a
minimal set of programs that work for you), and that the SSD be
dedicated to run Windows and programs. a seperate HD can be used for
storing documents, video and music; the stuff you can't replace if
something happens to the SSD. it would also be advisable to make a
(preferrably 1to1) backup on an external HD, and you may even consider
to backup online just to be extra safe if restoring from the external
HD should fail for some reason.
having a seperate video card will only relieve the amount of RAM that
is used to display text and pictures written to the monitor. I don't
know if there is any other benefit.
I'd like to hear about the other things you inquired about from those
who know and can "do tell".
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From: Ralph Supernaw via groups.io [mailto:email@example.com]
Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 10:15 AM
Subject: Specs for a new desktop computer
It’s looking like I will be searching for a new desktop computer. I
have not been able to figure out what makes the most difference in the
speed or snappiness of the computer when using Jaws with typical
applications. So, I’d appreciate any information you techy types can
I know Ram makes a big difference. What I don’t know is how much RAM is
helpful and how much is overkill.
How much difference does multiple thread processing make? How many
threads are a good number to shoot for?
How much difference does an SSD drive make? If they make a significant
difference in speed, what files should be on them?
Being totally blind I don’t need a fancy display. But, does a better
video card affect the speed of the computer?
Are there other ways to increase the speed of the computer?