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Windows 7: Is "simplified" or "minimalist" computer specs a thing?

02 Dec 2016   #1

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Is "simplified" or "minimalist" computer specs a thing?

I got a full state-of-the-art desktop last year. I might say that I want to sell it someday and "simplify" or minimize my computer specs. Do you think technological minimalism is even a thing?
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02 Dec 2016   #2

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Windidugo View Post
I got a full state-of-the-art desktop last year. I might say that I want to sell it someday and "simplify" or minimize my computer specs. Do you think technological minimalism is even a thing?
What's "a thing"?

If you don't need the features of a high powered desktop, there's no reason to own one.

I can't see myself going away from a reasonably high-powered desktop----I just don't want to give up a full size keyboard and monitor. Or tolerate a significant reduction in horsepower or the ability to have 2 or 3 internal drives. Maybe some day, I can have today's power and storage space in something the size of a cigarette pack. I could dig that.

Until that happens, I could still see going to a smaller currently available form factor--such as an ITX motherboard and a cube style case rather than an ATX midtower. That would mean perhaps a 10 pound reduction in overall case/internal components weight and a similar reduction in case volume---both of which I could appreciate. And I wouldn't have to give up CPU power or storage space.

If my current micro ATX motherboard would drop dead tomorrow, I'd probably make the swap. I'd have to purchase only a new ITX board and a smaller case. Maybe 200 to 250 bucks.
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04 Dec 2016   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I don't think it makes too much sense to sell "part" of the computer and reduce its specs. If you don't really need that much computing power, just don't but a too powerfull computer. Or as an alternative, you could sell your corrent machine and buy a more modest one in the future.
Normally there are few parts that could be sold independiently, notably the video card if any, or a spare hard disk.

Also remember that while the computer may be "state-of-art" as of today, it would not remain so forever and in a few years the very same thing will just be considered a "mid range" computer, with an even more difficult time selling it, with a lower price.

All in all, buy the minimal computer you need, and then enjoy as long as it works. When in need of money sell the whole thing and buy a cheaper one.
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04 Dec 2016   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

How long do you think it will be until my 8GB RAM, NVIDIA GT 730, 1TB HDD, 6th-Gen i5 CPU will be considered "mid-range".
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05 Dec 2016   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

It's certainly not "state-of-art" as of now (most components can be upgraded to better equivalents), but it's also well above "mid-range", specially because of the GPU and CPU.
It's quite difficult to know when computers will meet its programmed obsolescence cycle, but just as a guess I would expect it to last at least a few years of being a very good computer, not anytime soon.
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