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Old 07-30-2007, 01:54 PM   #1
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"Sweet spot" for RAM?


Your thoughts on the latest "sweet spot" for RAM? How much do you have in your machines? Satisfied, hungry for MORE POWER?! (Enter Cartman-esque actions here)

As I know someone's going to ask, so, the stuff I intend to do:
- 64MiB to 128MiB gone for integrated graphics, until I get a 7600GS/7300GT
- KDE, GNOME, and Xfce (Obviously not all at the same time ;P)
- Compiz-Fusion when Ubuntu 8.04 rolls around
- Second Life
- QEMU machine running Win98SE to run various old games like Alpha Centauri
- Maybe an IDE like Eclipse, but definately a big Java app like OO.o

I was thinking 2GiB, but since I'd be running 32-bit (Will make the move to 64-bit when 8.04 comes around) would that be over-kill?
 
Old 07-30-2007, 03:29 PM   #2
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I have two desktops, one with an Intel P4 2GHz and one with an Athlon64 3000+. The former runs RHEL5 and the latter runs Fedora 7 and Slackware. They both do just fine with 512MB. I even use the latter to do audio recording and multitracking.

My laptop is a Pentium M 1.8GHz with 1GB of RAM and it of course works fine as well running both Fedora and Slackware. All the RedHat & Fedora installations use the Gnome desktop, Slackware uses KDE and XFce.

I haven't noticed any speed issues at all, and I've never thought "I need more RAM" yet or I would have bought some
 
Old 07-30-2007, 03:35 PM   #3
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I would not go past 1GB unless I saw a slowdown while---e.g.---editing large image files.

Flip side: Since 1GB is relatively affordable, and I know that my systems work well with 1GB, I would not bother building anything with less.

I would not buy a new MOBO that was not expandable to 4GB.
 
Old 07-30-2007, 03:41 PM   #4
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1 GB in most of my machines, and it works well, no performance issues, no real need for more RAM.

The only PC I bothered to put more RAM in is the one I run as a VMWARE Server. I put 2 GB in that machine so I can dedicate more RAM to each VMWARE image I have running. I had severe performance issues on the VMWARE machine when it had only 512 MB or RAM.

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Old 07-30-2007, 04:05 PM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jorophose
Your thoughts on the latest "sweet spot" for RAM? How much do you have in your machines? Satisfied, hungry for MORE POWER?! (Enter Cartman-esque actions here)

As I know someone's going to ask, so, the stuff I intend to do:
- 64MiB to 128MiB gone for integrated graphics, until I get a 7600GS/7300GT
- KDE, GNOME, and Xfce (Obviously not all at the same time ;P)
- Compiz-Fusion when Ubuntu 8.04 rolls around
- Second Life
- QEMU machine running Win98SE to run various old games like Alpha Centauri
- Maybe an IDE like Eclipse, but definately a big Java app like OO.o

I was thinking 2GiB, but since I'd be running 32-bit (Will make the move to 64-bit when 8.04 comes around) would that be over-kill?
Depends on what you can afford if you want to spend about ~$200 you should be able to get 4gb of DDR2 dual channel using two 2gb kits if you only have about $100 to spend then the 2gb you are thinking about should work fine. I used to have 2gb then upgraded to 4gb to get faster ram for a better overclock plus it was so damn cheap ($180 taxes in landed at my door) and I can't really say that I notice that much difference with the extra ram it only really comes in handy when copying files around, burning a dvd, encoding videos ... things that require a large amount of memory so it saves on the disk access making it go faster.
 
  


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