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#1 lilachamster

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 01:13 PM

Is 2GB RAM plenty for running Vista, or would it be better to go for 3GB if I can afford it?

The laptop which I have just returned to the shop because it was faulty, had 3GB RAM, but this was on sale at 100 off and they now have no more left. Now the summer sales are over, it will cost me quite a bit more to buy the same specification, so I am wondering if the extra RAM is worth having.
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Posted 08 August 2008 - 01:34 PM

Id stick with 2GB of RAM, but if you really want it and you have the money, then its totally up to you.

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 06:04 PM

It's always nice to have more. Wait and see how the computer responds
http://www.crucial.com/uk/
I'd use the memory advisor tool instead of scanning

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Posted 12 August 2008 - 03:31 PM

I suppose I could buy a laptop with 2GB RAM then upgrade the memory. It's probably a cheaper way of doing it than buying a machine with 3GB.
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Posted 12 August 2008 - 04:16 PM

Dunno about in the UK, but I found 1 gB of DDR2 on sale this week for $27.99 US

With RAM, some is good but more is better - up until you reach a certain limit.
Are you using all 2 gB of RAM? Do you anticipate using it all in the future? If so, then get more - it's cheap!
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Posted 13 August 2008 - 07:15 PM

I recommend 2Gbs of RAM. If your computer supports it, you can get more then 4GBs and get 64-bit Vista.

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 08:09 AM

Thanks to everyone who replied :huh:

I was seriously considering going for 2GB RAM then upgrading, but then I wondered if that could invalidate the warranty, so I have decided to go for 3GB.

I have just ordered a Toshiba with 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 3GB RAM and 250GB HDD
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Posted 14 August 2008 - 09:36 AM

I think a lot depends on just what you will be doing with the machine, if you are going to be doing a lot of video editing or online games you want as much as you can get. It depends also on what your motherboard can handle and I think but not sure that 32 bit Vista will not show all RAM if say you have 4 GB it will probably only show about 3 or 3 GB

I've just bought a new machine with Vista Home Premium and that has 2 GB of RAM, although this is a desktop not laptop, and so far I'm finding it plenty fast enough :huh:

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 11:03 AM

hi,,,, here's where i get all my stuff from,,, ram,,etc
http://www.ebuyer.com/
its a bit like newegg in the usa,,, i usally tell people to use crucial.com to see which ram they need then buy it from ebuyer as its cheeper, and the returns policy is good,,, if you have a google account then you can use google checkout,,, its a bit like paypal.
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Posted 15 August 2008 - 09:56 PM

Hi I just purchased a vista loaded computer. I have 6gb. on 64 bit. More is always better ! :huh:

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 05:27 AM

Dunno about in the UK, but I found 1 gB of DDR2 on sale this week for $27.99 US


I've just found 1GB DDR2 for 12.99, that's $24.25 US. I was surprised to find it was so cheap.
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Posted 16 August 2008 - 05:34 AM

It's always nice to have more. Wait and see how the computer responds
http://www.crucial.com/uk/
I'd use the memory advisor tool instead of scanning


Good site! Thanks :huh:
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Posted 16 August 2008 - 05:36 AM

hi,,,, here's where i get all my stuff from,,, ram,,etc
http://www.ebuyer.com/

Another good site.... thanks :huh:
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Posted 16 August 2008 - 05:43 AM

I think a lot depends on just what you will be doing with the machine, if you are going to be doing a lot of video editing or online games you want as much as you can get.

I won't be editing videos and I'm not into games, but I do tend to have a few applications running at once.

I think but not sure that 32 bit Vista will not show all RAM if say you have 4 GB it will probably only show about 3 or 3 GB

I have just bought a 3GB laptop with 32 bit Vista, and it is showing 3GB
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Posted 16 August 2008 - 05:47 AM

Hi I just purchased a vista loaded computer. I have 6gb. on 64 bit. More is always better ! :huh:

6GB?..... That's just plain greedy!! :huh: :huh:
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