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question regarding specs that increase performance

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    question regarding specs that increase performance


    all,

    Here's what I generally have open at the same time on any development machine (windows) that I use:

    10 firefox tabs
    Excel (2 instances)
    Access (2 instances)
    Skype
    A screen sharing program (like GoToMeeting / join.me)
    1 youtube video

    I'm thinking what I need for specs on a win 8 machine to get this to lightning speed would be at least a quad-core processor of somekind and then at least 8GB of RAM. Does this sound reasonable to you guys here, or does it sound like overkill?

    thanks guys.

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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I don't think so, you can always add or remove Ram. So you would want a Phenom (AMD) or a i3 (Intel) processor - I think you can upgrade to better CPUs later. 8 GB Ram should be plenty, right now I have only 2 cores, 2 GB Ram, and I keep about 6 Chrome Instances running and just about the same amount of other stuff running as you have, and it's not slow in the least, unless I neglect to shut down Chrome once in a while and let cCleaner dump the excess temp files. If I don't do that, then it gets clogged up somewhat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    I don't think so, you can always add or remove Ram. So you would want a Phenom (AMD) or a i3 (Intel) processor - I think you can upgrade to better CPUs later. 8 GB Ram should be plenty, right now I have only 2 cores, 2 GB Ram, and I keep about 6 Chrome Instances running and just about the same amount of other stuff running as you have, and it's not slow in the least, unless I neglect to shut down Chrome once in a while and let cCleaner dump the excess temp files. If I don't do that, then it gets clogged up somewhat.
    You run 6 chrome instances!? Heck, the last time I check the Chrome browser took 5-6 process threads just to boot up one instance and keep it running! Has it changed since then?

    How often do you run cCleaner? Is it a good idea to let you temp cache get so big that whatever NEW you are downloading has to start replacing old files because there is no more allocated free space for the temp dir? By the way, I am asking sort of the same stuff on the Win 7 forum: You may want to take a look, there's a lot of information that has been given there so far by many people:

    question about RAM, Processor Speed and Video Cards (combination) - Windows 7 Help Forums

    thanks.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I meant Tabs in Chrome, not individual instances, but each tab creates an instance of it's own in Task Manager, plus the extensions add an instance as well. cCleaner cleans it all out automatically when I shut it down, I got the Pro Version.

    I wouldn't worry about speed with the specs you are suggesting though, if only I had the same specs, if you set up a system with a quad core and 8 GB Ram, it should server whatever purpose you need it for. What I'm saying is that Windows 8 will handle the resources better than 7 can handle them, 8 is many times faster, and I've proved that through the Aero Assessment AND other benchmark programs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    I meant Tabs in Chrome, not individual instances, but each tab creates an instance of it's own in Task Manager, plus the extensions add an instance as well. cCleaner cleans it all out automatically when I shut it down, I got the Pro Version.

    I wouldn't worry about speed with the specs you are suggesting though, if only I had the same specs, if you set up a system with a quad core and 8 GB Ram, it should server whatever purpose you need it for. What I'm saying is that Windows 8 will handle the resources better than 7 can handle them, 8 is many times faster, and I've proved that through the Aero Assessment AND other benchmark programs.
    great! you've been incredibly helpful! if there is anything else that you want to add, please do so. have a great night.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Well, take it from me, I never would have upgraded both of my main systems to 8 unless it were the case. I originally installed 8 as an experiment, but I was impressed with the increase in desktop speed and stability, so I kept it and installed it in my 2nd machine.

    But I don't use the "Start Screen" at all, i installed Start8 and Classic shell and I never bother with the "metro" side at all, my system boots to the desktop. If I can avoid using the charms bar at all, I do it.
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    Running Windows from an SSD instead of a standard hard drive will boost performance considerably.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I moved my Media computer from a 500 GB WD Sata drive to a 750 GB Seagate Hybrid drive. My speed went up an order of magnitude. I had the same drive in my Gateway Laptop before the power block went out and with Windows 7 it was blazing fast. The thing about SSD drives is you have to use special programs to optimize them, like Raxco Perfect Disk. Windows 8 however has a Drive Optimizer in it rather than a Defragger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    I moved my Media computer from a 500 GB WD Sata drive to a 750 GB Seagate Hybrid drive. My speed went up an order of magnitude. I had the same drive in my Gateway Laptop before the power block went out and with Windows 7 it was blazing fast. The thing about SSD drives is you have to use special programs to optimize them, like Raxco Perfect Disk. Windows 8 however has a Drive Optimizer in it rather than a Defragger.
    You have been getting bad advice bud. You do not need any special program to run an ssd. It is just a sata drive, nothing more. You only think it's fast till you try a good ssd, then you will see fast.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I had a Toshiba satellite laptop that had an SSD drive in it. The owner had been running Defraggler which was messing it up. I delete it and install Raxco Perfect Disk, which optimizes it instead of defragging it. The system was much faster after I optimised the drive, but it really wasn't much faster than my Gateway laptop when I had the Hybrid drive in, which is part mechanical and part SSD.

    But I'm not referring to RUNNING an SSD Drive, I was referring to maintaining it. You can't use the same kinds of Hard Drive testing tools you use for regular mechanical drives, you have to use what the OEM has for it. I can use those tools on the Hybrid drive cos the data is on the mechanical portion of the drive, but on an SSD drive you can't use those. I'm not sure what to use, the Toshiba system had it's own software for checking the SSD drive.
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