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So I have been looking into a small windows PC to embed into my next project... Though about a cheap Windows 8 tablet, but now I have the chance to buy a cheap Asus nettop running Win 7 Pro... I just want to know if it will be able to run ez builder properly... I Looked, but I didn't find any detailed specs on what min requirements that EZ Builder needs... Here is the nettop's specs (Yes, I plan on upgrading the RAM to 2gb once I get it)...So any thoughts?
Processor - Intel Atom N270(1.6GHz)
Memory 1GB DDR2 (upgrading to 2gb)
Hard Drive 160GB SATA
Graphics Intel GMA 950
Audio Sound card with SPDIF
Ethernet Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000Mbps
Wireless Card 802.11 b/g/n Wireless LAN
Card Reader SD/SDHC/MS/MS Pro Card Reader
USB - Front x2 , Rear x2
Dimensions (W x D x H) Unit 8.5" x 7" x 1"
Weight - 2.2lbs
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There are no official minimum specs.
Basically, if it runs Windows 7 it's good enough to run EZ-Builder. It may (and it's a very slim chance) run sluggish depending on a number of things such as video processing, amount of scripts running consecutively, number of ports being monitored and the frequency.
That said, it has been reported that the Acer Aspire One Netbook runs EZ-Builder perfectly fine, and that has the same N270 cpu, 1Gb ram etc. so you should be fine with that.
It is only a single core CPU running at 1.6GHz though so don't expect it to be anything near the best performance wise. You may find you need to downgrade Windows 7 to either Starter or remove some of the components and run a stripped down version of Pro.
My HP Pavillion dv9000 runs EZ-Builder (with background programs running) with no problems and that is only 2 core 2Ghz with 2GB Ram. I did find it runs much better on Windows 8 with all updates though. Battery life was also hugely improved too (vanilla Windows 7 has a bug which causes reduced battery life).
Limitations noted... Thanks Rich
So, I ended up buying this Asus Nettop for $150 to embed in my next project.... And if it doesn't work out well for my robotic projects, I'll just hook it up to my big screen TV and use it as it was intended... surfing the net from the couch..
I got a few along the same lines around my house which are pretty good work horses for some of Jarvis' features. Mine aren't Asus but the spec is similar. They do an awesome job and I throw a lot at them (one is used for a PVR/TV distribution using mythTV the other is used for auto downloads of TV, Movies, Music using Sickbeard, CouchPotato, Headphones and SABNZBD along side running the MySQL DB which is huge and takes a lot of stick, running my heating and logging temps to the DB every second!). And a couple more which run XBMCbuntu for Full HD media playback.
In short, I have no doubts that it'll manage running EZ-Builder.
I actually might buy another..... thanks Rich