Re: Minimum Specs for NVDA with Other Intensive Applications

Brian K. Lingard

Dear Sarah & List:


You are correct, video editing can require much RAM and CPU power, so can Audio Editing; however, it depends on your editing program.


Sound Forge is a RAM hog and a CPU power lover. Goldwave on the other hand, has a much lighter footprint on your PC, same for the Olympus Sonority multitrack audio editor.


MS Word can be a RAM glutton if you are editing and spell checking mammoth-size files. Alternatively, using the Generate command to produce your final document, deleting strikeouts, inserting red lined material, etc.

Excel can be a RAM pig and CPU power hog, however do you really want to run the Decennial Census of the United States using Excel spreadsheets on your PC? Alternatively, recalculate truly massive spreadsheets, calculating the cost of running the General Electric Company or Boeing Aircraft for a calendar Quarter? You


Is Outlook is a relatively light user of ram & CPU power, when reading mail, you just display messages on the  messages, which takes little resources,  when reading mail, it displays messages on the screen advancing page by page relatively slowly. When composing spell checking, it uses more CPU power


If you deal with typical spreadsheets for a small organization, such as the PTA or your Church or Temple, you will not overload your PC.


As the PC swaps memory, too disk and accesses other files with spell check dictionaries and such.


Sound editing smaller files is much easier than for larger files

Yes, if you demand top performance, ask for an Intel I8 CPU with all the DDR4 RAM the PC will hold, with a discrete Video card to relieve the PC of the work of painting the display. This is especially important if you do animation.


However, for the average user you can live with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and an Intel I6 or 7 chip.

CAD/CAM can use much CPU and RAM.

Brian K. Lingard



Doing CAD/CAM and other heavy computational tasks call Sent: January 11, 2019 5:06 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Minimum Specs for NVDA with Other Intensive Applications


The student say "heavy intense application" so in my mind that is 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 eight gigs so I plug that in, watch my fans spin up and watch it use eight gigs of ram leaving me with 24 to play with. Forza uses I think about 4-8, I do not know how much nvda uses but by the time I am 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 did not 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 meets your needs, and we are talking about typical uses, and if your needs do not change dramatically regarding the power of machine you need.



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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 meant, 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 purchasedit 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. 



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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 refers 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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