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Old 09-05-2016, 08:58 PM
 
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Faster loading of any and all programs, since windows utilizes all 4 cores. The more things you install that run in the background, the more you will notice the difference.

Other big differences include having at least 8GB of ram which is usually standard these days, and a solid state hard drive will significantly outperform a magnetic spindle drive.

I personally will not consider a dual core, but I have also not ran a dual core since when I built my Q6600, way back sometime around 2008 or something like that.

As for games my mother is an agar.io addict.. she has lots of custom skins and is up to like level 67 or something. I play more diep.io myself though I'm tiring of that game... gonna fire up bioshock and bioshock 2 starting September 13th.
Thanks . Regarding memory, 8GB vs. 16GB, would 16GB be necessary (make much difference) for non-games?
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Old 09-06-2016, 07:17 AM
 
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I have 16 gb on a desktop, never use all of it even with photoshop, multiple browser windows, microsoft outlook and a video editor running at the same time.

It might make a difference for very large photos or video file, but I wonder...

At the same time, if you could get it for cheap, why not? But I would not pay a lot of extra.
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Old 09-06-2016, 09:07 AM
 
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I have 16 gb on a desktop, never use all of it even with photoshop, multiple browser windows, microsoft outlook and a video editor running at the same time.

It might make a difference for very large photos or video file, but I wonder...

At the same time, if you could get it for cheap, why not? But I would not pay a lot of extra.
Thanks, good to know. So won't consider 16 GB esp. it seems getting an extra 8GB separately from online sellers such as Amazon would be cheaper than including it with the computer order (an extra $60 or so). Adding a memory card is one of the easiest and so far the only upgrade I have done .
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Old 09-06-2016, 08:50 PM
 
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I have 16 gb on a desktop, never use all of it even with photoshop, multiple browser windows, microsoft outlook and a video editor running at the same time.
How do you know they were not all used?
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Old 09-06-2016, 08:58 PM
 
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How do you know they were not all used?
Task Manager.
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Old 09-06-2016, 09:39 PM
 
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Task Manager.
Ah, thanks! The only time I used task manager is to stop an application.
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Old 09-06-2016, 11:13 PM
 
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My 5 year old laptop has Intel core i5 2410m (2.30 ghz), 4GB memory, 300 or 320GB HHD.why is it so slow when I browse the web? I didn't realize the slowness until I tried the mini computer, but that was Pentium G4400 with 8GB ram, 128GB SSD, but much faster web surfing. Does the extra GB play a role even though the processor is lower? (web browsing doesn't use hard drive or does it?)
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Old 09-07-2016, 12:33 AM
 
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1. The G4400 has slightly more processing power than the i5-2410M
2. Don't know what other apps were running on your laptop but if there's no more space in RAM, the system will start swapping (using allocated diskspace in lieu of RAM).
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Old 09-07-2016, 07:28 AM
 
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snow, actually I have a sidebar of two windows desktop gadgets loaded that monitors CPU and memory usage. It was great for seeing the Windows update problem that pegged cpu usage last year, among other things. It also tells me if I have enough memory. Right now for instance, with only Chrome active, I use 2.5 GB. This is on my notebook, not my power desktop. I just loaded outlook (from MS office) and memory didn't even change. Adobe lightroom took it to 2.9, and lightroom up to 3.5.
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Old 09-07-2016, 07:50 AM
 
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My 5 year old laptop has Intel core i5 2410m (2.30 ghz), 4GB memory, 300 or 320GB HHD.why is it so slow when I browse the web? I didn't realize the slowness until I tried the mini computer, but that was Pentium G4400 with 8GB ram, 128GB SSD, but much faster web surfing. Does the extra GB play a role even though the processor is lower? (web browsing doesn't use hard drive or does it?)
Because it's 5 years old. I promise you if you refresh the computer with a reinstall of WINdows it would run a lot better.
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