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Introduction to computers for beginners 101

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Introduction to computers for beginners 101

I have never owned a computer.They were not around when I was growing up.I have just recently purchased a Apple I phone 7+.I probably don’t use most of what it can do,I use it as a phone.I am 65 years old and I know I have to learn how to use the current technology. I will need help setting up a computer and learning how to use it.There, I have admitted to my lack of knowledge,but I know I can learn. Any info concerning setting up and operating a computer would be very appreciated. Thank you,Kenneth

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 1:54am

A standard computer comes with 4 Ram. I would suggest you increase that . The maximum is 12. I would add say 8 more.


Who said the max is 12? not in my PC.


Not a single word of that is true, for PC at any rate.

I have a 16GB in a "old" i5 as my trading computer.
Certain motherboards etc are might be limited, but with 64-bit now being standard the sky is the limit.

Honestly, the computing power for running a basic trading platform is actually not very much. I reckon for Alveo will chew more than MT4 though, the bs artists will try sell you up, but I reckon any old machine will do.

Actually I do agree, 4GB will probably be fine for running Alveo, but Windows is a huge resource hog, so I would go with 8GB RAM as well. I can't imagine RAM is expensive in the US, computers in general are pretty cheap there I think.

I have 16GB in my trading rig, and run MT4, Ninatrader (with footprint indidators) , Jigsaw and Chrome on an old core-i5 and it doesn't even break a sweat. I reckon I would get away with 8GB even doing all that.

If you have spare cash though, always go for more RAM. The more the merrier.

SSD drives are super fast, and a wonderful toy, but again, you don't need it.

For me the most important thing is screen/monitor. The more you can see, the better. I bought a second-hand desktop for my trading, as I wanted t have more than one monitor (I have 3 right now).

In some ways I regret this, as I cannot move my trading station, not that one will trade from the beach or some crap like that, but when power/internet goes out, I'd like to have the option of moving somewhere that's not out (plus a laptop will run for another couple of hours till in comes back on), but I wanted that multi monitor support.

Looking at laptops now, I see they have vga and hdmi etc on some, so they may support more than one external monitor, but this I cannot say for sure.

Personally, I would go for a basic laptop, try to get 8GB ram if possible (I bought my work laptop from a local supplier so could customize what I needed), DO NOT get Celeron if they still sell them in US, the performance drop is not worth the saving.

You don't need an SSD drive, and don't need a huge disk. a few hundred GB will be fine, but its unlikely you can get disks smaller than 500GB out the box nowadays.

Win10 Home is fine, I have that on all my systems and have no issues.

Get a external monitor, 22inch+, you wont regret it.


Couple of ideas:
(1) "Senior-Center" (meeting and socializing center for retired folks -- like us), Libraries, and Churches often have computer-classes. Good place to meet people and gain local technical help.
(2) Ask your children to help you select a computer -- so that the grandkids have a way to play computer/video games when their parent need a babysitter. Maybe your kids or relatives have a usable second-hand computer.
(3) Ask questions and watch demonstrations at local computer stores.

Just tell them it's for grandkids homework and video-games. High-performance video-games require a high-performance computer.
... which reminds me, I need to do that, too. My grandkids are hinting that my 15 year-old computer and LCD monitor won't let them play a few of their favorite computer/video-games.