Windows 10: Sufficient RAM for OS...or is it a more is better situation?

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  1. Posts : 9
    Windows 7 64-bit
       20 Nov 2015 #1

    Sufficient RAM for OS...or is it a more is better situation?


    Hi, all.

    I'm new-ish here - reading and learning mainly. This is only the second topic I've started.

    Right now, I have two options, as far as I see it.

    I can either double the 2GB of RAM in my Toshiba C660-1UX, and perform an in place upgrade to Win 10. (If I do this, I'm playing a risky game with graphics drivers, as there aren't any Win8 drivers for my Intel 4500M graphics card.)

    Or, I can upgrade to the Toshiba L50-C-1XM. This has 8GB of RAM.

    Is it always better to have more RAM than the OS requires? (I'd be going for 64-bit Windows 10 in either case.)

    Many thanks,

    Casey
    Last edited by Casey; 20 Nov 2015 at 14:26. Reason: Added link to desired upgrade laptop.
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  2.    20 Nov 2015 #2

    Casey said: View Post
    Hi, all.

    I'm new-ish here - reading and learning mainly. This is only the second topic I've started.

    Right now, I have two options, as far as I see it.

    I can either double the 2GB of RAM in my Toshiba C660-1UX, and perform an in place upgrade to Win 10. (If I do this, I'm playing a risky game with graphics drivers, as there aren't any Win8 drivers for my Intel 4500M graphics card.)

    Or, I can upgrade to the Toshiba L50-C-1XM. This has 8GB of RAM.

    Is it always better to have more RAM than the OS requires? (I'd be going for 64-bit Windows 10 in either case.)

    Many thanks,

    Casey
    If you can go get the LO50-C-1XM. 8Gb of RAM is the sweet spot, IMO, and you can't have enough memory. I have 8gb of RAM and the OS and my programs/apps work just fine.

    HTH
    Jeff
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  3.    20 Nov 2015 #3

    In my opinion, if you could afford the new Toshiba, go for it. Otherwise install Windows 10 in your current rig and have fun learning and playing with it. I don't know much about this RAM thing, I have 16 GB and I am happy as a lark.
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  4. Posts : 9
    Windows 7 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       20 Nov 2015 #4

    Thank you, guys.

    Now - question is, will I be able to find it at a lower price as we sneak closer to the festive period?
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  5.    20 Nov 2015 #5

    Casey said: View Post
    Thank you, guys.

    Now - question is, will I be able to find it at a lower price as we sneak closer to the festive period?
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  6.    20 Nov 2015 #6

    Within reasonable limits adding more memory will improve performance. But there will always be a point of diminishing returns beyond which there will be little gain. That point is heavily dependent on the workload. With typical workloads 8 GB RAM is about right for a 64 bit OS. 4 GB RAM will likely limit performance in some situations while more than 8 GB will usually be a waste. There are always exceptions.
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  7. Posts : 9
    Windows 7 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       20 Nov 2015 #7

    Thanks, LMiller - this machine would need to be an all-rounder, from web browsing to audio recording. (Not professional level audio recording, I hasten to add.)
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  8. Posts : 710
    Windows 10 home 64bit 1511 (OSbuild 10586.63)
       20 Nov 2015 #8

    I upgraded my desktop to windows 10 and it works great. my computer has 12 gigabyte ram in it right from the start.
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  9. Posts : 806
    Windows XP/7/8/8.1/10, Linux, Android, FreeBSD Unix
       22 Nov 2015 #9

    I had 16GB of RAM and it was chocking with all my Google Chrome Browers tab opened, 24GB helped a little even though only 50% was used.
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  10.    22 Nov 2015 #10

    Almighty1 said: View Post
    I had 16MB of RAM and it was chocking with all my Google Chrome Browers tab opened, 24GB helped a little even though only 50% was used.


    Your post really doesn't make much sense. Maybe something is drastically wrong with your computer but I usually use about 1.6 GB of RAM unless I am doing intense decoding or something, when I might use about 4 GB of RAM. Nobody really jumps from 16 MB to 24 GB like you said, that is a jump of about 100,000 times more RAM. That is a huge jump.
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