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       13 Sep 2017 #11

    AddRAM said: View Post
    I remember when I got my 1st Dell, it had 256 MB LOL
    My first computer, '92 Hewitt-Rand 80386 with MS-DOS 5 and Windows 3.1, had a whopping 4MB RAM and 120MB HDD. First upgrade [8MB] was needed by WordPerfect for Windows 5.1 when working on more than 8 pages of a document, later went to a 210MB HDD.
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  2.    13 Sep 2017 #12

    16GB is the norm now. Lotta software out there that eats it up pretty fast. I wouldn't build a rig any more with less than that.
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  3.    14 Sep 2017 #13

    You can see price trends for various RAM types over the last 18 months here:

    Memory - Price Trends - PCPartPicker

    The bottom was May of last year.

    Since then prices have roughly doubled for DDR 4, so I wonder if the PC manufacturers are selling fewer PCs with 16 GB than they did a couple of years ago.

    You'll notice SSD prices have been stubbornly high lately too.

    I have a table of RAM prices for 1957 through 2013, compiled from a website that is no longer around.

    Summarized; per Megabyte; multiply by 1000 for GB equivalent.

    1957: $411 million per MB ($411 billion per GB; I wonder if there was 1 GB in the world?)

    1977: $36,800

    1997: $4.63

    August 1998: went below a dollar for the first time

    2006: went below a dime

    2011: went below a penny (below $10 per GB)
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  4.    14 Sep 2017 #14

    I still consider 8GB to be the minimum. For me, I go with 16GB these days, but I like to run VM's and those take up extra memory.

    My first computer I personally bought was a 486 SX-25 with 4MB of RAM and 170MB hard drive, and it had a smoking fast 2x CDROM drive. It run DOS 6 with MS Windows 3.1
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  5.    15 Sep 2017 #15

    My first computer had 16 KB.
    My second had 48 KB.
    My third had 2 MB.
    My fourth had 64 MB.
    Next 256 MB.
    Next 2 GB.
    Next 8 GB.
    Now 16 GB.
    copiertech25 said: View Post
    My first computer had 64MB!
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  6.    15 Sep 2017 #16

    I just realized that I still have a computer with 128MB that does get used.......
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  7.    21 Sep 2017 #17

    If you want to use your computer with 4GB, use SSD on Windows 10...Really.
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  8.    23 Sep 2017 #18

    My Timex Sinclair came with 1KB of RAM which I upped to 16KB.
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  9.    23 Sep 2017 #19

    "640k is enough for anyone".
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  10.    25 Sep 2017 #20

    swarfega said: View Post
    "640k is enough for anyone".
    I remember 8 years ago being told you won't ever need more than 8GB of RAM! When I bought 2 8GB DIMMS.
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