[guispeak] Re: buying a new computer

  • From: Andy Baracco <wq6r@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2005 20:48:35 -0700

Hi Rick,

not knowing how you intend to use your computer, it is hard to give detailed advice. Anyway, 512 MB is more than enough RAM for the average blind computer user. Unless you plan to do high level video editing, or engineering applications like CAD. Today's onboard sound is pretty good, and probably more than acceptable for the average computer user. If you plan to do involved sound editing, you may want to consider a sound card. For most blind computer users, the onboard video is okay, but keep in mind that onboard video draws resources from system RAM, so if you have 512 MB RAM, and your onboard video uses 64 MB RAM, than you will only have 448 MB for other applications. Also, onboard video may not give you as many choices for color depth, resolution, etc. i would recommend a separate video card. You will probably want a DVD burner. DVD burners will also burn CD's and even if you want to use DVD's for data storage, they hold 7 times as much data as a CD. That's all i can think of for now.


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