So Im planning to build a new computer in the next few moenths and Im now carefully picking the parts so I will know exactly how much it will all cost in the end.
But when it comes to OSes theres something that I noticed: Especially for game reccomendations, why does a computer which runs XP require less RAM than a computer which runs either Vista or 7?
This has been something that has been bugging me quite a bit and any reason why would be helpful
I wouldn't worry about the RAM needed for the OS. As otherwise posted, RAM requirements have ramped up with decreasing RAM prices, as well as the "bells and whistles" that come with a newer operating system. Win 7 has a lot more B&W than XP.
I remember when DRDOS 6.0a or MSDOS 6.2x plus Windows for Workgroups 3.11 came on 2-3 1.44 mb 3.5 floppies (for the DOS) and 6-9 of same for WFW. That combo would run fairly decent on 4 *MB* of RAM, but really shined if you could throw 8 or 16 *MB* at it.
But... try to do most anything with that now (in comparison) like going to PeopleOfWalmart.com ....
Seriously, don't worry about it. RAM prices are still fairly low. Just throw 4 gigs in if you choose a Windows 32-bit OS, or whatever you can afford/or what your mobo can handle for Win 64-bit or some flavor of Linux.
Those 'side of box minimum recommendations' on games, applications, and OSes are a running joke. Either it runs like crap on those, or it runs just fine on a third of what's recommended. BTDT.
You didn't say what your intended use(s) are... but regarding gaming and a fair number of apps...
I'm fairly well versed in XP 32-bit.... skipped (bleah) Vista... and am digging heavily into Win7 Pro32-bit on my new pooter.
I know there's 'issues" with Win7 and games written for XP. The "XP Comaptibility Mode" (which I haven't played with) doesn't always work.
For me, I *looovve* Win7
. I don't have a backlog of fave games to deal with, and most all the apps I use are open-source or otherwise "free". M$ did wonders on making this OS work well. I don't know how the beta testing was done, but they definitely cleaned up the mess they created with Vista.
I'm not a M$ fanboi. I'm also doing Mepis Linux http://www.mepis.org/
Hope this helps
PS.. post your build ideas. The worst that can happen is somebody doesn't like them.