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Laptop - How Much Ram Is Sufficent?


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#1 AZrox

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 04:32 AM

Hello all,

 

I'm looking into purcashing my first laptop.  The computer will be used for websurfing, MS Office, CD burning, downloading and playing music.

 

I visited a local electronics store and the sales associate suggested not to purchase any laptop with less than 6 GB of RAM.

 

For what I am going to use the computer for, will 4 GB of RAM be sufficient?

 

 

Thanks!



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#2 killerx525

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 08:56 AM

Hi, yes 4GB of ram will more then sufficient for your uses assuming you don't do any heavy multitasking and you can always upgrade the ram later down the road if you do need more.


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Posted 24 January 2014 - 02:12 PM

While 4GB will be sufficient to run I agree with the sales person that 6GB, I actually recommend 8GB, would be a better user experience.  I found that a machine with 4GB of RAM is sluggish running basic corporate security suites, a couple of web windows, and e-mail.  If price is an issue check out Crucial for the model you are interested to see if you can install more RAM later.  Normally you can save a bit of money if you purchase and install the RAM yourself.  RAM is usually an end user upgradable part.



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Posted 24 January 2014 - 04:58 PM

Thanks guys, I'm leaning toward 6 GB.  I will see if the 8 GB computers are in my price range.



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Posted 26 January 2014 - 03:27 PM

One thing I will say, is that my acer aspire 5338 only had 4Gb of ram when I bought it, and although that is the manufacturers maximun which can be put in, it has been running without any problems for almost a year with 8Gb of ram.

 

So my point being is that it may well be a good idea to find out what that max ram is in your chosen laptop before you actually buy it.



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Posted 29 January 2014 - 12:24 AM

Ok, I am going to be the odd person out here... I would not recommend 6GB. Namely as that will likely drop the machine out of dual channel mode, and reduce performance. Granted that won't be a massive reduction, but it will be there either way. For the usage you mentioned, 4GB will do perfectly fine. If you really want to ensure you never have to touch ram in that machine, go ahead and grab 8GB (the next matched set).


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Posted 30 January 2014 - 03:21 PM

Thanks for all the input.  I am still resarching and shopping. 






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