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  1.    20 Nov 2015 #1
    Join Date : Oct 2015
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    Windows 10 64-bit

    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
    Join Date : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
    Posts : 24,523
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Quote Originally Posted by Casey 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
    Join Date : Mar 2015
    New Mexico
    Posts : 1,336
    Windows 10 Pro,

    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.    20 Nov 2015 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2015
    Posts : 26
    Windows 10 64-bit
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    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
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casey 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
    Join Date : Oct 2014
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    Windows 7

    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.    20 Nov 2015 #7
    Join Date : Oct 2015
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    Thread Starter

    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.    20 Nov 2015 #8
    Join Date : Nov 2015
    West Bend, Wisconsin
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    Windows 10 home 64bit 1511 (OSbuild 10586.63)

    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.    22 Nov 2015 #9
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    San Francisco, California USA
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    Windows XP/7/8/8.1/10, Linux, Android, FreeBSD Unix

    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
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    New Mexico
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    Windows 10 Pro,

    Quote Originally Posted by Almighty1 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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