What do I need?
June 25, 2012 9:54 AM Subscribe
I'm buying a new laptop, and I need to be able to watch a lot of live-streaming on the web on it. So which is more important for that, RAM or CPU speed?
posted by mreleganza to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
So my main laptop is pretty much dead, but when I can boot it up I see it has 4 GB of RAM and a processor speed of 2.10 GHz. This has always served my biggest need in terms of what I use a computer for, which is as a substitute for the TV I don't have. We'll call this the "good" computer.
But since it started acting up, I've been using my girlfriend's old laptop as a backup. Watching any streaming video (as opposed to recorded video like youtube, which is better) is nigh on unwatchable. It stutters, lurches ahead, and everything appears to be in slow motion. It has a 1 GHz processor and 1 GB RAM. Obviously my internet connection is the same with both devices. We'll call this the "bad" computer.
The time has come for me to buy a new (new to me, that is, used is fine) and I need to do it as cheaply as possible. I'm seeing lots of ads for laptops under $300 (that's what I'm shooting for... the further under, the better) that seem be equal to or greater than the good computer in terms of either processing speed or RAM, but less than the good computer in the other category.
I don't know which is more important, or if they are both equally important, for my purposes...or perhaps another bit of system info I'm ignoring. So before I take the plunge I was wondering if any hivesters can guide me towards the most important spec(s) for watching live streaming. Thanks!