Recommendations under $400?

Zachary18

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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!
 

beers

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Staff member
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.
 

Zachary18

New Member
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.
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...
 
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...
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
 

beers

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Staff member
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...
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.
 
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