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Is 1GB RAM enough?


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#1 Darktune

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 07:03 AM

Hey everyone!

 

In work we have an Dell Optiplex GX520 which has a Intel Pentium (D) 3Ghz with 4mb cache and 2 512MB RAM.

 

It was running Windows XP but as XP is coming to an end, we thought it would be best to upgrade it to Windows 7.

At the moment this is fine, but will the 1GB of RAM be an issue in future use of the PC?

 

The PC will be used for basic word documents/pdf documents and very light web browsing. Nothing more.

 

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 07:26 AM

Download and run the following Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to determine if your computer is capable of running Windows 7.

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 07:52 AM

Windows 7 will run on 1GB RAM, and you will be able to comfortably run one or two average applications (a browser, for example) at a time quite alright. The problems come when you introduce anti-virus and other RAM-hungry applications.

 

Personally, I would upgrade to 2GB, which can be done very cheaply (£10/$15) :)



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Posted 11 December 2013 - 08:24 AM

I've used Windows 7 with 1Gb and it's pretty slow.  Things things like web pages with lots of graphics or large documents really cause it to struggle and swap heavily to disk.


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 08:48 AM

Thank you all for the advice, I'll check that out cryptodan, thanks!

 

Also, the computer will be used in small amounts so I'm thinking the 1GB may be okay


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 09:50 AM

Here are the Windows 7 minimum system requirements.  With 1GB of RAM you will only be able to install the 32-bit version, 2GB is needed for the 64-bit version.  As a previous instructor put it, machines that meet the minimum requirements will boot and not much else.  Can it be done, yes.  Will it be a good experience, no.

 

You might want to take the money it would cost for the Windows 7 license and put that towards a new machine.  Even if you get a bottom of the line wonder it will run circles around this machine.  You'd be much happier putting the money towards a machine like this one.  It will do everything you want to do with a minimal investment.



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Posted 11 December 2013 - 10:01 AM

Okay, we don't need to worry about licensing as we have licences pre-paid from Microsoft, but I have installed 64-bit on the machine and it seems to be coping with Outlook and IE open.

 

It may be worth paying a small amount of money to get it to have 4GB of RAM and an SSD. We found some cheap compatible RAM chips and SSD's so it might be worth doing that.


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 10:09 AM

I'd suggest that upgrading RAM and to an SSD, if it won't hurt, would cut down on the support tickets in future ;)

 

Glad you got it up and running!






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