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How fast do users with top-of-the-line W7 machines browse?

by qqqq88 / February 21, 2011 5:28 AM PST

for those users with really great hardware specs on their windows 7 machines, how fast do web pages load for you? Is it almost instantly? I'm trying to figure out how fast of a new machine to buy but I don't want to spend more than I need to. I am wondering if top of the line hardware would be overkill because some aspects web browsing will still be non-instant because of ISP limitations (i'm on comcast 12mbps plan) or browser limitations

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Just an opinion
by Bob__B / February 21, 2011 7:20 AM PST

If I bought a 300 buck wally-mart special and set it beside a 2K buck screamer and then compared browsing speed.......I doubt I'd see much of a difference.

The limiter?
The internet and all it's various pieces.
It's soooooo slooooow.

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The Machine Isn't As Important As....
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 21, 2011 9:40 AM PST

....the speed of your internet service.. A good fast FIOS connection will load quickly on even a fairly slow computer.. And in some cases, a different browser makes a lot of difference. Your 12 Mbps is plenty fast enough but I wouldn't spend a lot of money just to get a little faster web page load.. In the long run, it won't make a big enough difference to waste the money on.

Hope this helps.


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by qqqq88 / February 23, 2011 1:14 AM PST

thanks for the replies. What about fiddling with router settings or browser settings? DNS servers? Should you check to see if your DNS servers are not geographically distant and try to change them if they are?

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Why Change Anything Unless....?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 23, 2011 2:03 AM PST
In reply to: thanks know something is wrong..? Test the bandwidth speed when the machine and all other elements are installed and if it's not up to par, then troubleshoot the problem.. Till then, a default install should work as designed.

Hope this helps.


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Even with an 486..
by sk528 / February 25, 2011 3:07 PM PST
In reply to: thanks can have instant page loads - the internet connection quality is all that matters. No fiddling required anywhere

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Not quite
by Jimmy Greystone / February 25, 2011 10:21 PM PST
In reply to: Even with an 486..

Not quite. You still need the CPU to do the actual page rendering and JavaScript execution. You know, actually do something with the data downloaded. That said, there is a point at which you hit a steep diminishing return drop-off. It would be well past what any 486 is capable of, but there's likely not much of a difference between a bargain basement Core 2 Duo and top of the line Core i7. Certainly not enough to justify the additional cost if the only thing you're interested in is page loading times.

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