1.    20 Jun 2017 #1
    Join Date : Mar 2016
    Posts : 64
    Win 10 Pro x64

    How much computer do we need?

    My housemate wants to replace her XP computer with a Win 10 model. Her old Dell was always a slowpoke, so she wants a better machine, but inexpensive.

    She does e-mail, Web surfing, non-action games such as Freecell, and modest spreadsheets.

    What sort of specs should she be looking for?
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  2.    20 Jun 2017 #2
    Join Date : Jul 2016
    Granite Bay, CA
    Posts : 706
    Windows 10 Professional

    She can purchase the cheapest (price-wise) computer she can find at a store (like Fry's Electronics) to be able to do all that you specified. Any of the minimum possible specs in a new computer can do all that for her. Any new computer can handle those simple tasks now-a-days.
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  3.    20 Jun 2017 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 9,384
    Windows 10 Pro

    And I would recommend an SSD upgrade to whatever she gets. That's the biggest performance booster you can add. If the computer she buys supports 2 SATA drives (or 3 if one is a DVD drive), then a 128 GB SSD is plenty, in addition to using the HDD that comes with the computer for file storage.
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  4.    21 Jun 2017 #4
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 182
    win 10 home

    "What sort of specs should she be looking for?" "Inexpensive."

    To avoid buyer's remorse, have an idea of what the price range will be. That is, buy what one can afford. 'Inexpensive' is too vague. One person's ceiling is another person's floor.

    Since you use a laptop, would she follow suit? (Assumed the XP is a desktop) That might add to the price depending on the other specs and accessories.

    Once one has established the price range and the form of the pc, one can shop for the function (better machine).

    Pragmatically, most desktop pc's and laptops can help her do what she wants comfortably.
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