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  1.    12 May 2016 #1

    Windows 10 from the ground up


    The missus and I are getting ready to buy a new desktop in a few months. Researching on the web, I am trying to find the difference between a rig built from the ground up for Windows 10, and a rig designed for 8.1 that has 10 installed at the factory.

    Is there any difference other than having more RAM on the 10 computer?
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  2.    13 May 2016 #2
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
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    Well, the min RAM spec for '10 is 1Gb...(!)
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  3.    13 May 2016 #3
    Join Date : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
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    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Personally I would go with no less than 4Gb of RAM. That amount should be more than adequate for daily use and if you plan on doing lots of mistaking then I would look for 6-8Gb of RAM. And I would look for a PC with 10 preinstalled. It's going to save time for you by not having to upgrade.

    HTH
    Jeff ..
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  4.    13 May 2016 #4
    Join Date : Mar 2015
    New Mexico
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    Windows 10 Pro,

    Quote Originally Posted by Vince Massi View Post
    The missus and I are getting ready to buy a new desktop in a few months. Researching on the web, I am trying to find the difference between a rig built from the ground up for Windows 10, and a rig designed for 8.1 that has 10 installed at the factory.

    Is there any difference other than having more RAM on the 10 computer?


    As long as it ships with Windows 10 from the factory, you should be fine. Lots of specs to look at, so pick what you need but don't over pay.
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  5.    13 May 2016 #5

    I appreciate the answers. Researching it yesterday, I cannot find any real hardware differences in the newest Windows 10 desktops and similar 8.1 desktops. It is agreed that you should have 4 gigs of RAM (although 2 is adequate if you're not a gamer), but RAM is so cheap, and the future is so unpredictable, that 8 gigs seems to be the standard.
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  6.    13 May 2016 #6
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    Maine
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vince Massi View Post
    I appreciate the answers. Researching it yesterday, I cannot find any real hardware differences in the newest Windows 10 desktops and similar 8.1 desktops. It is agreed that you should have 4 gigs of RAM (although 2 is adequate if you're not a gamer), but RAM is so cheap, and the future is so unpredictable, that 8 gigs seems to be the standard.
    I agree with you, 8GB should be the standard .....4 GB is just not enough .....but yes Windows 10 will run on it...
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  7.    13 May 2016 #7
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    For the vast majority of users 4Gb is more than adequate. I've used it with 8.1 with zero performance or operation issues. While 8Gb is nice it's a bit overkill for the majority that just browser the net or use social media.
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  8.    13 May 2016 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyJ View Post
    For the vast majority of users 4Gb is more than adequate. I've used it with 8.1 with zero performance or operation issues. While 8Gb is nice it's a bit overkill for the majority that just browser the net or use social media.
    If that's all a person bought their computer for, browsing and social media ....why even buy a computer, you can do that on your Smart Phone.....
    Now if you have other uses, like MOST people, and use or add programs, for other interests that you might have. Then the least amount you should consider is 8GB, and like the user also stated, memory has come down in price a lot in the past few years.
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  9.    13 May 2016 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldMike65 View Post
    If that's all a person bought their computer for, browsing and social media ....why even buy a computer, you can do that on your Smart Phone.....
    Now if you have other uses, like MOST people, and use or add programs, for other interests that you might have. Then the least amount you should consider is 8GB, and like the user also stated, memory has come down in price a lot in the past few years.
    I just pointed out what I thought. First most users don't need more than 4Gb for Office work.. spread sheet and/or word processing. And the price of DDR3 RAM is going to run about 70-80 bucks for 8Gb and the affordable RAM today is DDR4 but that would require a new MB and processor. While 8Gb is nice it's not going to make a difference in performance over 4Gb. Oh and if you need more space the PC will make use of the swap file.
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  10.    13 May 2016 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyJ View Post
    I just pointed out what I thought. First most users don't need more than 4Gb for Office work.. spread sheet and/or word processing. And the price of DDR3 RAM is going to run about 70-80 bucks for 8Gb and the affordable RAM today is DDR4 but that would require a new MB and processor. While 8Gb is nice it's not going to make a difference in performance over 4Gb. Oh and if you need more space the PC will make use of the swap file.

    Price for 8GB of DDR3 Ram is no where near those prices.
    • Brand: Crucial
    • Form Factor: UDIMM
    • Total Capacity: 8GB Kit (2 x 4GB)
    • Warranty: Limited Lifetime
    • Specs: DDR3 PC3-12800 • CL=11 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR3-1600 • 1.5V • 512Meg x 64 •
    • Series: Crucial $35.99
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