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Is it worth upgrading to 1024Mb RAM on Notebook?

I'm getting a Sony Vaio FS215S (1.86Gbz 750M) with the standard 512Mb RAM (2 x 256 format). I'm using it for work, but have been known to play the occasional game. Certainly, it's a good machine for today's purposes, but I'm going to be using it for several years (I hope!) and given how fast technology climbs to the next standard, do you think I should upgrade the RAM to 1024Mb in readiness? Or am I shooting too early?

Also, how easy is it to physically upgrade RAM on a Sony Vaio at a later stage? I know I can purchase extra RAM for the FS series separately, but how difficult is it to put in the upgrade, even by a specialist?

I look forward to your replys.

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Worth it, oh yeah...

In reply to: Is it worth upgrading to 1024Mb RAM on Notebook?

Under the XP OS, having 1gb of ram really is the amount that it appreciates. Having 512mb is still good, but under XP its better with 1gb of ram. However, the added power required to run the added ram though not alot will be a drain on battery resources but under direct AC, not. Since, you're buying new, inquire about cost as vendor supplied may offer a better deal and that ram is also under warranty as well.

tada -----Willy Happy

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I'll write no.

In reply to: Is it worth upgrading to 1024Mb RAM on Notebook?

A benchmark we did which does involve video editing and specifically DVD rendering completed 5 minutes sooner than the other machine that took 6 hours. Moving the same machines from 512M to 1G and the other from 1G to 512M resulted in the one with less RAM to swap positions.

Given a 5 minute savings over 6 hours, this was not a good payoff.

-> If you are thinking several years, what will kill the machine is the move to 64-bit.


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