Moderated Re: Specs for a new desktop computer

David Ingram

Where can you find drives with that read write speed and how much do these drives costs? Also what about the cache size doesn't that have something to do with things as well? I could never seem to find a hard drive whether internal or external that would meet those requirements. What size hard drive would that have to be in order to meet all of those requirements.? Thank you for any information that you might have to answer these questions.

-----Original Message-----
From: Glenn / Lenny <glennervin@...>
Sent: Aug 18, 2020 11:44 AM
Subject: Re: Specs for a new desktop computer

I believe that the one thing that will increase computer speed is the hard
drive, and you want read/write speeds up around 1 gig per second
You will want a PCIE Gen 4 compatible motherboard and a PCIE SSD.
That is really the bottleneck these days, if you want speed.
Here's a video that talks about this:
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mario" <mrb620@...>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 10:51 AM
Subject: Re: Specs for a new desktop computer

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".

-------- Original Message --------
From: Ralph Supernaw via [mailto:rhs@...]
To: <>
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
pass along.

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?


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