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Old 05-20-2018, 11:57 AM
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I know we repeatedly have these types of threads and I will go back and read those when I get a chance but figured I would start my own as well.

Budget: <=$1k
Screen size: 14-16"

I have found that my personal and work computers (both running Windows 7) consistently slow down when I have multiple browser tabs and programs running. To the point of freezing up and it is getting annoying.

I don't do any really heavy lifting, I do some minor video editing on occasion, but primarily I use chrome and/or firefox (for general internet browsing plus video streaming), MS Office products & quicken, and usually have multiple tabs and more than one program running at the same time.

I don't really know much about what I need (e.g. SSD vs HDD), storage, etc. I don't have cloud back-up but am thinking about looking into both cloud back-up and potentially file storage. I also have a side business so most of that can be written off as a business expense.

Any and all suggestions welcome. TIA!
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I have found that my personal and work computers (both running Windows 7) consistently slow down when I have multiple browser tabs and programs running. To the point of freezing up and it is getting annoying.
How much RAM on those computers? Maybe more RAM is all you need for new hardware.

And upgrade Firefox to the latest version if it's before version 57. That version, released last year, was a re-engineering effort called "Firefox Quantum", designed to be more efficient with memory management and multithreading.
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How much RAM on those computers? Maybe more RAM is all you need for new hardware.
Thanks for that. I hadn't given that much thought. Both work laptop and PC have 4 GB of RAM. I haven't looked at my personal laptop yet but it is pretty old (minimum 3 but I'm thinking 4-5 years is more likely) so wouldn't be surprised if it is 4 also.
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Lenovo Yoga 13. You're welcome

I got it for $500? or so at BB on sale and it plays DotA (a few year old game) at low/moderate settings. ie it will be fine for light video tasks.

A laptop with a dedicated video card will be costly.

Desktops are much more economical. I have a "gaming" HP PC I picked up for $500 with dedicated graphics (GTX 1060, fine for casual video tasks/games) and plenty of RAM.
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In other words, you can accomplish what you want for $500 minimum - don't go any cheaper - but you don't need anything fancy.
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Lenovo Yoga 13. You're welcome

I got it for $500? or so at BB on sale and it plays DotA (a few year old game) at low/moderate settings. ie it will be fine for light video tasks.

A laptop with a dedicated video card will be costly.

Desktops are much more economical. I have a "gaming" HP PC I picked up for $500 with dedicated graphics (GTX 1060, fine for casual video tasks/games) and plenty of RAM.
$500, brand new, including a GTX 1060? When did you buy it -- last year summer before the cryptocurrency craze drove up video card prices? A GTX 1060 by itself sells for $300-ish these days.
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$500, brand new, including a GTX 1060? When did you buy it -- last year summer before the cryptocurrency craze drove up video card prices? A GTX 1060 by itself sells for $300-ish these days.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/HP-Pavili...s-10/803136621

Got in Black Friday though. Listed for $720 there.
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$500, brand new, including a GTX 1060? When did you buy it -- last year summer before the cryptocurrency craze drove up video card prices? A GTX 1060 by itself sells for $300-ish these days.
GTX 1060 is the newest cards.

Most cryptocurrency farming have been targeting the mid-range cards.
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GTX 1060 is the newest cards.

Most cryptocurrency farming have been targeting the mid-range cards.
The GTX 1060 was released in 2016. So were the 1070 and 1080. This June 2016 article was written about the 1060, and also references the 1070 and 1080: https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...scal,4679.html

Back then the 1060 had a release date price of $250, with a "founder's edition" for $300. Almost 2 years later, it's still in the same price range. In normal times, it would be under $200 by now, if not under $150.
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Thanks for that. I hadn't given that much thought. Both work laptop and PC have 4 GB of RAM. I haven't looked at my personal laptop yet but it is pretty old (minimum 3 but I'm thinking 4-5 years is more likely) so wouldn't be surprised if it is 4 also.
4GB is a bit of a strain for Windows 7. Bump up the RAM to at least 8 GB and you'll see some real improvement.
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