sufficient memory?

  Ray5776 21:37 10 Feb 2006

I have just bought my son a new PC (Emachine)has 2.9 AMd processor 80g HD and lots of other goodies, what concerns me is memory is only 256, OS is XP, want to set it up tommorow any advice please.


  Harpur 21:42 10 Feb 2006

the opinion is that 256mb is a bare minimum to run xp. i seen a girls laptop last night with that amount and it was abysmal. if you can i would look to have at least 512 to make it run smoother. other than that make a coffee and wait for your applications to open

  VoG II 21:45 10 Feb 2006

Yes, it will run but slowly.

See if there is a spare memory slot click here

Then use the Crucial Memory Advisor™ Tool Crucial Memory Advisor™ Tool

  VoG II 21:46 10 Feb 2006

Crucial Memory Advisor™ Tool

  VoG II 21:47 10 Feb 2006
  Ray5776 21:49 10 Feb 2006

The last thing I want (or rather he does) is for it to be slow, what would be the optimum without going OTT.


  VoG II 21:51 10 Feb 2006

512MB is good. 1024 is better but not a lot. Note: adding too much can actually slow things down (apparently, not noticed this myself).

  SG Atlantis® 21:52 10 Feb 2006

minimum 512mb, optimum 1gb.

  skidzy 21:53 10 Feb 2006

Ray just beaware that if you upgrade the ram yourself,you may breach your warranty...Im guessing you have bought this system from Pc world or dixons maybe currys ?
I have an Emac myself,the system will run ok when new,but after you load the software of various will see a dramatic decrease in response to the applications.Yes i agree with the others,you need more ram..But let the shop upgrade for you and ask for it to be included in the warranty.
Good luck

  SG Atlantis® 21:55 10 Feb 2006

I run on 2gb and the machine zooms along, 2gb is a bit excessive and overkill for my everyday routine on the computer, but when I do video it pays to have it.

I wouldn't run on less than 1gb. Latest games will utilize a hell of a bit of RAM. I was playing FEAR and it was using over 900mb of RAM.

  Ray5776 21:55 10 Feb 2006

Thanks VOG, dealt with Crucial before, good company, will order more mem, there is a spare slot. Dont know whether to get another 256 or 512 or 2x512

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