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Old 2021-09-22, 21:21   #9
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"good enough" is a matter of your level of patience. The only limitation that machine has other than "time spent to get a result" is that RAM installed limits the maximum size of NFS job you can run. An 8GB machine tops out around GNFS-165 if running msieve + GGNFS, and more like GNFS 150 digits if running CADO. 16GB gets you about 15 digits larger capacity, though by that size your patience likely limits you as much as memory capacity.

For any other task run on this forum, your machine is fine- it may take twice as long, but so what? If your interests get varied or intense enough to want to be able to run more tasks (or run tasks more quickly), then you know it's time to acquire a faster machine.
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