Geek thread - Discuss IT stuff


#422

i3 is a bit weak, i5 is fine. Try looking for an 8th gen i5 (i5 8XXXYY), but if you can’t find an 8th gen for a reasonable price, a 7th will do you fine, I have a 7th gen in mine. 8GB RAM and 1TB HDD is pretty standard and will be more than enough. Don’t bother paying extra for touch displays, they’re pretty useless.


#423

Thank you Rob


#424

Oh, and if it’s within your budget, look for something that might have twin drives. I.e. A small SSD (128GB - 256GB) and a big HDD. That way you can have the operating system and programs on the SSD for speed and all your files and other stuff on the HDD. If it’s only an SSD in the laptop, make sure it’s 512GB or higher, otherwise, just walk away.


#425

Most of the laptops I am seeing have a TB of storage so that is not a big problem

It’s seems on TB is about average today on a laptop


#426

Yes, but if for some reason you want speed, you need an SSD (just circuitry). Most of those 1TBs are HDDs (a physical spinning disk). Though to be honest, you don’t really need it. It’s just nice to have.


#427

SSD does make a huge difference though if you notice your computer speeds a lot :+1:t3:


#428

The editing on that post. Sad > SSS > SSD. Still not as bad as my one before that. :joy:


#429

Okay will look for one with. SSD

Thanks for your help because I know nothing about this stuff


#430

Ideally you want something with a combination of SSD and HDD, SSD alone is more expensive for larger capacities (don’t buy anything with less than 512GB if it’s SSD only). Stay away from hybrid drives (SSHD), they’re just bad. With an SSD you will have a faster boot time, faster programs and it will be quieter as it won’t be spooling up the HDD all the time (only when you need to access files).


#431

Thanks again for your help with this

And I will keep this all in mind when looking at laptops


#432

When you find something, run it by us before you order it.


#433

I will


#434

That’s the main reason I’ve got Air, not MacBook 12))


#435

Top spec MBA costs even more these days. :joy:


#436

You speak about the 2018 models, and yeah, they’re insanely expensive. Dad bought himself a new IPad Pro which has a - more memory (512), b - larger screen resolution , c - I suppose, equal or even more powerful than MBA aaaand… yes, cheaper! Much cheaper :joy::joy::joy:


#437

Most laptops I am looking it that have what you say they should have are around 600 dollars to 800 dollars


#438

Sounds like a great deal to me… here a decent laptop wouldn’t cost less than 750


#439

That’s really expensive

I am actually quite surprised what I could get with my budget


#440

Those are usually the prices.


#441

What’s the main difference from a 8 gen i5 and A 7 gen i5