Re: Minimum Specs for NVDA with Other Intensive Applications

Felix G.

My home pc is an Intel i5 with 4 GB of RAM happily grinding along on
Windows 10. Definitely more than a little bit on the low RAM side of
things but it's not let me down yet. Then again, I'm not running
anything intensive on it save the occasional Visual Studio. I launch
it, make coffee, and when I return it's ready.

Am Sa., 12. Jan. 2019 um 00:32 Uhr schrieb Sarah k Alawami <marrie12@...>:

Or in my case a bit of both. Still though I would go for the high end machines as apps do get bloated with unneeded code. I remember when word took about 5 seconds on my machine running 128 mb of ram and that was in 2002lol! Word to me is not intense, in fact that's normal. So is skype, power point, outlook etc and the other apps are just normal use, not intense at all. Now what I and some other s do, now that is intense. But no, that is just a normal user with a very very under powered machine. I guess for now use yoru personal laptop even though it violates school policy.

On 11 Jan 2019, at 14:18, Gene wrote:

Then, and I'm not giving you a hard time, but you either didn't read the full message, where he specifically lists programs to be used on the computer, or it didn't register.

----- Original Message -----
From: Sarah k Alawami
Sent: Friday, January 11, 2019 4:05 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Minimum Specs for NVDA with Other Intensive Applications

The student say "heavy intense application" so in my mind that's video editing, excel, word, outlook, power point, audio editing software, video rendering and editing software. Run all of that at once, and even an 8 gig machine will choke. My capture card required 8 gigs so I plug that in, watch my fans spin up and watch it use 8 gigs of ram leaving me with 24 to play with. Forza uses I think about 4-8, I dunno how much nvda uses but by the time I'm done I will have used most if not all of my ram in a day.

On 11 Jan 2019, at 13:46, Gene wrote:

I didn't say you should buy one. I said that it is still very useable as a demonstration that you can buy a machine that, if it is reasonably powerful, not a power user machine, but in the moderate price range, it should be expected to be very useable for years. That is, of course, if the machine meetts your needs, and we are talking about typical uses, and if your needs don't change dramatically regarding the power of machine you need.

----- Original Message -----
From: Sarah k Alawami
Sent: Friday, January 11, 2019 3:31 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Minimum Specs for NVDA with Other Intensive Applications

Hehahahahaha. 20011? Well, I know we are in 2019. I do know what you menat, but I would not buy a machine that old at all. My buddies mac is starting to finally show its age and it's 6 years old. He went to go sell it and didn't, they would have only given him 50 cents for it. Um? Wow?

True I'm not the normal computer user, but I never was even when I was learning how to use windows in 2001, or was it 2002? I wanted to learn it all, do it all, use all the power I could.

Take care

On 11 Jan 2019, at 13:14, Gene wrote:

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.

----- Original Message -----
From: Sarah k Alawami
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:


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.


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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