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Old 12-05-2009, 10:24 AM   #1
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Default How much RAM do I need now / for the future?

I kind of asked this question in another thread but thought it may be a good discussion by itself.

I'm looking into getting a ASUS laptop, but they are only capable of 4G of RAM. I know this is fine for now, but I'm hoping to keep this laptop for 5 / 7 years and still be productive with it.

I want to run windows 7 64bit.
Mainly using it for multimedia burning DVDs, Office work, some "simple" gaming.

Is 4G going to be enough for a while into the future? Or is selling a laptop upgradable to 8G just a way to make more money?
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Old 12-05-2009, 09:21 PM   #2
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Default Re: How much RAM do I need now / for the future?

What kind of RAM is required for W7 anyway. I am not talking minimum.....I am talking comfortable.....
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4gb is plenty unless you are doing extreme gaming. In 5-7 years, 4gb will still be enough, it just will be like if you had, say, 2gb now-- not top of the line but enough for everything to run.
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4gb is plenty unless you are doing extreme gaming. In 5-7 years, 4gb will still be enough, it just will be like if you had, say, 2gb now-- not top of the line but enough for everything to run.
Don't say that will be enough in 5-7 years. Until Microsoft comes out with a new OS in 3 years, having 4GB of RAM will be comfortable for you. For basic stuff, you should be able to go 5-7 years, but it's highly unlikely with a laptop unless you take care of it extremely well.
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Old 12-06-2009, 04:05 AM   #5
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I think 4GB RAM is far enough for the coming 4 years for you. Actually, Windows 7 only needs 1GB RAM to run smoothly. I don't think you want to use a computer for more than 7 years. Because all the devices will take tears and wears, and computer will have a lot of problems. It's better to change for a new one
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