Recommendations under $400?

Discussion in 'Laptops, Tablets and Smartphones' started by Zachary18, Feb 16, 2020.

  1. Zachary18

    Zachary18 New Member

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    Hi there!

    I am looking for a backup computer that will mainly be used to check email, surf the web, maybe stream netflix/amazon prime.

    Ideally I would like 8gb ram or more, but honestly I'm not a computer expert so maybe theres a 4gb option that would run faster than 8gb ram options depending on other specs?

    Really appreciate any help!

    Thanks!
     
  2. Intel_man

    Intel_man VIP Member

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    Are you looking for a computer tower, or a laptop?
     
  3. Zachary18

    Zachary18 New Member

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    A laptop..

    Been doing a bit more research and I think ideally dual ram also? If that makes sense haha
     
  4. beers

    beers Moderator Staff Member

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    I feel like 8 is kind of the bare minimum these days.

    Pretty much anything should facilitate what you want, just ensure it has a solid state drive and if it's AMD it says 'ryzen' somewhere.
     
  5. Zachary18

    Zachary18 New Member

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    Yeah how can I tell if it's dual ram though? Is that typically listed in specs? I havent seen it in the few laptops ive looked at...
     
  6. BulldogBuzz

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    it should say if its duel or single channel memory for example 16 gb of ram in duel channel woube be ( 2x8gb ) and 16 gb in single channel would be ( 1x16gb ) 8gb is recommended these days so thats wahat i would recommend
     
  7. beers

    beers Moderator Staff Member

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    Most of them don't tell you and most laptops come with a single RAM stick. For your use cases single channel vs dual channel won't make a noticeable difference, and a notebook with a single stick is 'easier' cost wise since you can just buy another stick. I'd just avoid the super cheap ones that have soldered in RAM or a single RAM slot.
     
  8. Intel_man

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  9. Zachary18

    Zachary18 New Member

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    Thanks for the help everyone!
     

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