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ISO Windows Laptop i5 or i7 ~$500

375 29 December 1, 2019 at 07:59 PM
ISO Windows Laptop
Current laptop is 6 yrs old. Specs: ASUS Q500A i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz 2.50 GHz
RAM: 6GB, 64-bit OS Windows 8 (Was a BB floor model)

Need a MUCH FASTER laptop that won't break the bank (~$500 or less)! I often have 30+ tabs open across 2 browsers. This behavior locks my current laptop up.

Getting intermittent BSOD episodes. Hoping for a Cyber Monday deal

Thanks!

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Not Intel powered, but has similar performance.

https://store.hp.com/us/en/pdp/hp...-5mu54av-1
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Not Intel powered, but has similar performance.

https://store.hp.com/us/en/pdp/hp...-5mu54av-1

Thanks! While I'm happy that my ASUS has lasted 6 yrs and with daily use on the original battery, often times 12hr stretches, the performance has been subpar because it locks up and will crash. I keep the task manager open so I can kill processes to help it's performance too. I eventually and reluctantly will have to reboot it or be forced to wait upwards of 45mintues until the disk percentage goes down..

Thanks for your help and for adding the link. I'll check it out.
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I keep the task manager open so I can kill processes to help it's performance too. I eventually and reluctantly will have to reboot it or be forced to wait upwards of 45mintues until the disk percentage goes down..

FYI...DIsk or processor pegging is an obvious indicator of a machine overloaded. Killing tasks manually is fine if one knows what they are doing, but is not something the non-tech or non-developer should be doing as it can cause other issues if the wrong thing is killed or components of processes remain active. The most obvious cause for such is insufficient memory for the running tasks, causing excessive paging. Given your machine has only 6 GB of ram and you have 30+ open browser windows lol, it sort of screams at you in this regard. Other things could be at fault though including AV scans, database operations if you are running a db server, etc. You would need to dig further to find the actual cause if that is the case.

That said, there really is no reason to operationally have that much stuff open at one time. It will consume huge amounts of memory and cause the very issues you are experiencing. If you want to run that much stuff at one time, then get a recent generation i5 or i7 based laptop with at least 32 GBs of ram and with an SSD as the main drive and a moderate internal graphics board (like a 1050 ti or better). That will run you more than 500 dollars, but you get what you pay for. Otherwise, change your operational methodology and close stuff you really do not need all the time and bookmark pages for quick access at a later time so as to not consume so much memory.
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FYI...DIsk or processor pegging is an obvious indicator of a machine overloaded. Killing tasks manually is fine if one knows what they are doing, but is not something the non-tech or non-developer should be doing as it can cause other issues if the wrong thing is killed or components of processes remain active. The most obvious cause for such is insufficient memory for the running tasks, causing excessive paging. Given your machine has only 6 GB of ram and you have 30+ open browser windows lol, it sort of screams at you in this regard. Other things could be at fault though including AV scans, database operations if you are running a db server, etc. You would need to dig further to find the actual cause if that is the case.

That said, there really is no reason to operationally have that much stuff open at one time. It will consume huge amounts of memory and cause the very issues you are experiencing. If you want to run that much stuff at one time, then get a recent generation i5 or i7 based laptop with at least 32 GBs of ram and with an SSD as the main drive and a moderate internal graphics board (like a 1050 ti or better). That will run you more than 500 dollars, but you get what you pay for. Otherwise, change your operational methodology and close stuff you really do not need all the time and bookmark pages for quick access at a later time so as to not consume so much memory.

Thank you for responding and providing more details in the specs I need to have in my next machine. Any Cyber Monday deals that match the specs you laid out? I'd certainly be willing to spend more than $500 on a machine that I wouldn't outgrow in 12 mo. This ASUS has been a solid workhorse, but the HD/Motherboard is showing signs of failure, so best to get out before I'm in a worse position.

Unfortunately, it's not possible to significantly reduce the # of open tabs. I have multiple projects that I manage at one time and open tabs include webpages, cloud storage, different software, and usually 2 browsers that are acct specific. I often kill tabs that are using the most RAM, not processes used to run the machine.

Thanks for your help
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