Re: Minimum Specs for NVDA with Other Intensive Applications

Gene
 

I wouldn't pay a lot of money for a three-year-old machine and less for older ones.  And I would be unlikely to buy a machine from a private person, regardless of how new it is unless I was going to reformat it or use the Windows 10 feature to return the machine to the original Windows state.  Who knows what malware might be on the machine. 
 
But a one year limit for a typical user is arbitrary and not applicable. 
 
The kinds of uses being discussed, browsing, e-mail, word processing, streaming, etc. are not intensive operations.  Computers purchased five six, eight years ago, if reasonably powerful, can perform them today.  I have a laptop from 20011 that was about a $500 machine when it was purchased.  it still performs those tasks very well. 
 
The general advice is that when a computer becomes five years old, it shouldn't be considered reliable, and that is one reason I wouldn't spend a lot of money on a machine three years old or older.  But many machines work for eight or ten or more years so if the price is right, it's a good gamble if you want to gamble. 
 
Gene 
Sent: Friday, January 11, 2019 2:48 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Minimum Specs for NVDA with Other Intensive Applications

Actually I would not let even that student touch anything over a year old. I don't care if it still works. Many companies don't support let's say a 7 year old machine the school might be giving to their students. If the school can afford it let them buy refirbs that are a year old if that is even possible as long as they have 8 or 16 gigs of ram and the students can use them for class but anything over a year old at least in terms of school settings is yucky to me.

I know a family member who is at their office still using windows I think it's 7. They refuse to upgrade the their machines are 10 years old, but what would you expect from most people who don't really care about this stuff.


If I could afford it I would replace my computers every year or 2 even though they still work. It's staying up to date with technology and going with the best if you can, at least to me.


On 11 Jan 2019, at 12:34, Brian Vogel wrote:

Sarah,

            You really seem to be spinning out over these last several posts.   This really is not about you, or your needs or wants, but trying to offer advice regarding how best to make buying decisions related to computers in general.

             It's not that your needs are wrong, but they're utterly irrelevant to what I've seen as the broader point of this whole topic.

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Brian - Windows 10 Home, 64-Bit, Version 1809, Build 17763  

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.

          ~ Saul Bellow, To Jerusalem and Back

 

 

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