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What's the recommended amount of RAM for Windows 7


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#1 gr8fandini

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 03:48 PM

I know initially it'll run on a couple of gigs but, I also know after updates, antivirus, and firewall downloads and updates after some time the memory gets consumed and the computer gets really slow. My daughter got a laptop for her birthday and it came with 2 gigs of RAM, a dual core intel processor and windows 7. Shouldn't this thing have at least 4 gigs of RAM to allow for all the updates and the antivirus and firewall software and it's future updates, or does it really need more? You know it's cheaper to get it already installed than to add it later.
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Posted 31 October 2010 - 03:53 PM

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 04:08 PM

what is the system model and model number?

32 bit runs 2GB or 3.5GB but its depends what is supported
64 bit runs 4GB-8GB but it depends what is supported

I have the mostly the same specs that you have only a different manufacture.

Did it came with Pre install Software?

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 04:13 PM

I haven't opened the box yet because there is a restocking fee if it's opened. I don't know much more about the laptop other than it's a Dell inspiron with an intel dual core, with 2 gigs of RAM and windows 7. I think the processor is about 2.16 gigs. She is a teenage so you know she'll be all over facebook and other social networks as well as on the internet doing research for school and using programs like microsoft office doing school papers and maybe spreadsheets and powerpoint presentations. It seems that so much is becoming web based that I'll have to stay on top of security. I'm not ruling out the occasional game or two. I know my neighbors daughter keeps crashing computers on these social networks so I just want to stay on top of that stuff. Right now she is using my wife's Mac and they don't seem to take any precautions with were they go on the internet. I know a Windows base laptop will be different though.

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 04:17 PM

Here we go, Intel pentium Dual Core T4500 processor (2.3 ghz, 1mb cache, 800mhz FSB). 2 gb mem. Intel X4500MHD graphics media accelerator.

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 04:22 PM

Dell i1545-32320BK.
It does say windows 7 (64 bit)
It does come with preinstalled software.
I hope that helps

Edited by gr8fandini, 31 October 2010 - 04:23 PM.


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Posted 31 October 2010 - 04:24 PM

The information should be printed on the box. It should state somewhere on there if it is a 32-bit or 64-bit operating system.

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I knew you would find it. :huh:

Here's the long and short of it all as far as the amount of RAM that can be used with the two operating systems. A 32-bit operating system has an Address Space of 4GB. This space is not only used for the RAM, but for other critical functions such as the system BIOS, motherboard resources, memory mapped I/O, AGP, PCI, PCI-E, and other memory allocations for PCI devices use this space as well.

Different onboard devices and different add-on cards (devices) will result in different total memory size. This means that the more PCI cards installed will require more memory resources, resulting of less memory free for other uses, like RAM. Typically a 32-bit operating system will recognize between 3.3GB and 3.5GB of total RAM. A 64-bit operating system can use as much RAM as the motherboard will support.

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 04:28 PM

Can you perform a Speccy as dictated in my post above.

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 04:30 PM

Short answer to your question....
2GB of RAM is perfectly fine for Vista and Windows 7, unless you use some very demanding programs, like graphics and video editing.

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 04:32 PM

Can you perform a Speccy as dictated in my post above.

I Don't think so, can't take the computer out of the box. Still unopened.

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 04:34 PM

Short answer to your question....
2GB of RAM is perfectly fine for Vista and Windows 7, unless you use some very demanding programs, like graphics and video editing.

So you don't think that security software will eat this memory up over the long run, ie 2 or 3 years down the road?

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 04:39 PM

Honestly speaking, I don't understand your last question, unless you're talking about hard drive space....

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 04:45 PM

Honestly speaking, I don't understand your last question, unless you're talking about hard drive space....

Isn't security software always running in the RAM? You know, firewall, antispam, antivirus, etc. I know that when I installed the security software on my work desktop it really slowed it down, seems to always be going back to the harddrive. I don't know, that's why I'm here asking, I can tell you a lot about residential and commercial construction but computers..... pretty much nothing!

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 04:49 PM

Because this is a laptop, you may want to consider eventually adding an external hdd for storage, this would give a little lee way for programs or applications taking up space on the internal hdd.

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 04:52 PM

Because this is a laptop, you may want to consider eventually adding an external hdd for storage, this would give a little lee way for programs or applications taking up space on the internal hdd.

OK.
None of you have really any concerns or issues with the RAM?




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