I recently got a new computer (Thank You Santa!!! aka Mom & the Old Man) and I am trying to determine what I will be able to do with it.
Specifically, how do I know if I have enough memory to download new programs or 'Apps' or how many I can download before I start to push the limits
and adversely effect my pc's performance?
I have a lot of information about it, but I may as well have none, since it is essentially a foreign language to me.
Here is a brief description of my pc from the manufacturer:
- The Key Specs
Processor: 1.5GHz AMD quad-core
Memory: 8GB DDR3 SDRAM (7.45GB usable)
Hard Drive: 1TB SATA 5400RPM
Optical Drive: DVD/CD Super Multi double-layer burner
Display/Monitor: 17.3" Ultrabright HD widescreen LED-backlit LCD with 1900 x 1200 resolution
- Additional Specs
Operating System: Windows 8.1 64-bit
Memory Card Slot: Supports SD memory cards (sold separately)
Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 8330 graphics with 1GB of dedicated video memory
Audio: Built-in speakers
Wireless Adapter: Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
Wired Network Adapter: 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Keyboard: Standard with numeric keypad
Pointing Device: Multi-gesture touchpad
Ports: (1) USB 3.0, (2) USB 2.0, (1) HDMI, (1) VGA, (1) Headphone Out, (1) Microphone in, (1) Ethernet LAN
Battery: 6-cell Lithium-ion (4400mAh); up to 5-hour battery life depending on usage and settings
I'm not sure what other info you may need to be able to give me an idea of what I can do with the laptop.
I have not added much of anything to it yet, but I have removed a couple of things I won't use (Netflix & HULU + apps).
The last pc I had was a small asus eee pc 1005hab netbook. It is an awesome little device, very quick and reliable for it's size. After a while it
became much slower than when new. Eventually I had to clean it up, then it was running close to like new again. I had to be sure to use it for
internet only, as adding new programs contributed to it's reduced performance.
I think we all know how much of a PITA it can be when your once lightning fast pc becomes slow and creeps along during basic tasks. I want to make
sure I don't destroy this laptop's performance, but I don't want to be afraid to add things I like to it. That's the reason why I'm asking how
much you think I can safely add to it without worrying about performance decline.
Also, here is how much available hard disk I have available (according to Toolwizcare) 884.9GB of 913.7GB total.
I have installed : Malwarebytes Pro, Toolwizcare, Diskmax, Process Lasso Pro, Start MenuX, & Start Menu 8.
I guess one of the biggest questions I have is;
When I look at a program I am considering for download and I see the required disk space available (example: 52mb free space needed), does this refer
to the disk space of the 1T hard drive or the 8GB DDR3 SDRAM?