I often get asked about what specs a person’s computer should have. And usually, they assume the more GHz the better. That’s not necessarily so.
These days, CPUs have gotten so fast so quickly, that most software can’t keep up. All of the basic software does not know how to make use of the extra speed. Your word processing program or browser will work pretty much the same if you have a 1 GHz CPU or a 3 GHz CPU. You’ll barely notice a difference. But what really makes the difference in the speed of your computer is RAM. And how much RAM you need, depends on what you use your computer for. If you are doing video editing, graphics rendering, or multilayered photo editing, then you need at least 12GB of RAM. If you’re into online gaming like Second Life, Quake, or the Sim’s, then 8GB of RAM will do. Lastly, if all you do is surf the web, type documents, and send email, then 4GB of RAM will suffice. And don’t let the sales clerk talk you into what you don’t need. If you’re never going to play online games don’t get more than 4GB. It’s OK to tell them no.