There’s a misconception these days where you may think that you don’t need a computer with a lot of memory because you only browse the web.

Times have changed.  Those websites you visit aren’t merely websites but actual applications running inside your browser.

How many of you have ever used Word Online or Excel Online?  Those are actual full applications running inside your browser.  Microsoft has rewritten them in JavaScript (actually React JS but at the end of the line it is still JavaScript).  Facebook is no longer a website, but actually a full blown application.  Applications are moving from standalone applications that have to be installed on your computer to JavaScript based applications running in your browser.  Developers are making this move because those applications are cross platform.  They can run on Windows, Mac, Linux, and even mobile devices including Apple and Android devices.

One thing that many of you (or I should say us, because I take this to extremes) do is have multiple tabs open in your browser.  If you have any doubts about what consumes most of your memory, right click on your task bar and open Task Manager, click on More Details at the bottom (if needed) and make sure Processes in selected at the top.  Take a look to see what application is using the most memory.  And example of mine right this moment is:

As you can see, Google Chrome is taking up almost 4 GB of memory.  I’ve seen it take up over 10 GB of memory.

To answer the question: Do I really need a lot of memory?  This answer is probably at least 8 GB of memory.  Our recommendation today is an Intel i5 processor, 8 GB of memory, and at least a 128 GB SSD.  We don’t recommend the traditional hard drive.  For most users, we’re not recommending the faster storage devices.  In most cases, an SSD drive will suffice.  For our managed clients, we recommend a system with Intel vPro technology as well along with Windows Pro.  The vPro technology lets us access your computer even if Windows will not start.

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