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Excess RAM?

My current laptop is 7 y.o. and VERY sloooow. I'm looking at buying a new laptop and was considering the amount of RAM. I'm debating whether I should customize and buy it with more RAM or buy it standard and add aftermarket RAM. I've been told that for my needs (daily computing, spreadsheets, social media, streaming - no gaming or anything like that) an i5 processor with 8GB would be plenty. My fear/concern is eventually surpassing the 8GB threshold and my comp slowing down again. For that type of usage, is 8GB sufficient? Would 12GB be overkill?

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Re: RAM

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I'm inclined to say that 8 GB is overkill already. I'm perfectly happy with 4 GB.

A thing to note:
Most motherboards perform better with an even number of equal sticks (check the specs of your new laptop at crucial.com). So 4 GB is best done as 2*2, while 8 GB is best done as 2*4. You can't do this with 12 GB. And 16 is surely overkill.

Kees

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Thank you Kees. My current came with 1G and I already maxed it out with 2G. I'm afraid that 4 may not be enough, but since my processor is obviously 7 y.o. as well, perhaps the new one will allow 4G to be enough. Processor is more responsible for speed than is RAM, correct? Like my name suggests, I'm a newbie.......

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Hard disk speed is more important

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Re: processor and RAM

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The processor is involved in everything and determines overall speed. The amount of RAM only is important if the total set of programs you use at any given time needs more RAM then you have. But if your programs use 2 GB (task manager tells you) you won't notice the difference between having 4 Gb (2 GB unused) or 8 GB 96 GB unused).

The speed of the disk is important when you boot, or when you start a (big) program, install a program or do a full antivirus scan. That's much faster on a SSD. But there's hardly any difference in browsing or mailing or opening or saving a Word document.

Kees

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Processor and RAM

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Don't forget that a web browser writes and reads to/from cache all the time. This page alone has over a 100 elements that need to be cached. So a SSD makes a difference for webbrowsing too, especially since hard disks struggle with small files the most.

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Processor and RAM

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I know this is overkill and it doesn't have a SSD, but is this a good deal for $700? With my limited knowledge, this seems like a good deal for what you get. Yay or nay?

Processor & Memory:
4th generation Intel® Core™ i7-4700MQ Processor (2.4GHz)
16GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)

Drives:
1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
SuperMulti DVD Burner

Operating System:
Microsoft® Windows 8.1 (64-bit)

Communications:
802.11b/g/n WLAN
HP TrueVision HD Webcam with Integrated Digital Microphone

Graphics & Video:
17.3-inch diagonal HD LED-backlit Display (1600x900)
Intel HD Graphics

Audio:
Beats Audio

Keyboard:
Backlit Keyboard & Fingerprint Reader

Ports:
4x SuperSpeed USB 3.0
1x HDMI
1x Headphone out/ Microphone-in combo jack
Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader

Power Supply:
6-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery

Additional Information:
Dimensions: 16.38" W x 10.8" D x 1.21" H
Weight (Approximately): 6.15 lbs.

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That's a fine desktop replacement.

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The only trouble seems to happen when they want to play a game.
Bob

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4GB is fine for most casual users

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Here I'm running Linux Mint 17 with Firefox and Thunderbird email opened, and the new windows 10 evaluation booted up in the Virtual Box program and still have 1GB of RAM left unused.

http://glenburniemd.net/CNET/W10-Mint17-VBox-Tbird-FF28.png

Save on system RAM and instead put that extra into the best video card you can use, if you want gaming at all.

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Excess Ram

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Its better for you to buy a system and assembled the ram according to your need. Customizing a laptop is better then buying a laptop with more ram.

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