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Best processor & RAM combo for extensive online activity?

Sep 15, 2017 12:56AM PDT

Hi guys. I have decided to purchase a new laptop for work (I am an online teacher). and I would really appreciate if you could help me decide on the right configuration for what I need. Now, on a daily basis, about 7 hours a day, I have Skype and two more video chatting apps (both as powerful as Skype) open at the same time, as well as 5 to 6 tabs in Google Chrome. Of course, I use one app at a time, but the other two stay open all the time for sending and receiving messages (and so do the Chrome tabs). What would be a better combo for the aforementioned purposes - AMD A6 / AMD A8 + 8 GB RAM or i3/i5 + 8GB RAM? I got my eye on a alternative model of ACER E5-575G (Full HD, i5-7200U, 8GB RAM, 1TB + 128GB SSD).

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I'm on some i5 8GB running Chrome laptop
Sep 15, 2017 8:38AM PDT

And even with SSD I worry you won't be happy. So for now I have to write you'll want a lot more. 16GB ram at least to feed Chrome like what you wrote.

I'm not saying 8GB isn't working here but I'm not used to the split second delays on this laptop as at home I have the usual 16GB i7 based gamer laptop.

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That's what I am afraid of ...
Sep 16, 2017 4:12AM PDT

I hoped that 8GB would be a happy medium, but I see what you mean. Thank you for the suggestion. I'll definitely keep looking.

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If your a little bit handy
Sep 16, 2017 4:52AM PDT

Start with the 8GB of ram and watch the ram usage.
If it's pushing up near the top you can add another 8GB stick.

If you have to pay someone to do this then it might be best to keep shopping.

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