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    If the option were available..should I customize my incoming lappy from 4Gb to 6GB?

    Does it really make a difference??

    I do multitask...but not that much. And i do play games..but none of my games are going to be that demanding

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    Default Re: 4GB or 6GB

    Pick up 4GB of Ram and upgrade 6GB of Ram later if necessary or maybe some softs & games would demand it in the future ^^!
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    Default Re: 4GB or 6GB

    Quote Originally Posted by jejjohnson View Post
    If the option were available..should I customize my incoming lappy from 4Gb to 6GB?

    Does it really make a difference??

    I do multitask...but not that much. And i do play games..but none of my games are going to be that demanding
    Anything over 4GB is overkill at this point. In the future, there may be a need for more 6GB or even 8GB, but current programs (even with several running simultaneously) don't need more than 3-4GB.

    There are only 2-slots for RAM in a laptop. If you order 4GB, it is configured at two 2GB modules. If you order 6GB, it would be one 2GB module and one 4GB module, which is very expensive still. A 2GB module can be had for $25 or less but 4GB modules are priced well over $200 each! The wise choice would be to get 4GB now and, if you ever need more in the future, you can get it when prices have fallen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jejjohnson View Post
    If the option were available..should I customize my incoming lappy from 4Gb to 6GB?

    Does it really make a difference??

    I do multitask...but not that much. And i do play games..but none of my games are going to be that demanding
    If you don't know if it makes a difference then it won't make a difference because you don't use programs which could benefit from so much RAM.
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    Default Re: 4GB or 6GB

    What about for programs such as Photoshop? I thought you could configure Photoshop to use as much RAM as you want. I would have thought that working with huge Photoshop documents, you would benefit from the extra memory. (Or if Photoshop can't use 6GB, maybe you could set it to use 4GB, and still have a full 2GB for the rest of your system.)

    EDIT: Ah, that's interesting. I just searched around on the web regarding Photoshop and its RAM usage. Apparently, the application can only 'talk' to 3GB of RAM, but Photoshop will use the remaining RAM as a scratch disk, until it fills it all up, at which point it switches to your hard drive(s). So, while the program can't actually communicate directly with all the RAM, it can use the extra as a sort of ultra-fast SSD to store your working documents on. Pretty cool.
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    Default Re: 4GB or 6GB

    4GB is already more than most users ever need
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    Quote Originally Posted by anothergeek View Post
    4GB is already more than most users ever need
    Although 4GB RAM is often useful for splitting up between different parts of the OS- i.e. as I said in the above post, dedicating 2GB just to Photoshop, or if you're using a Mac with VMWare/Parallels, splitting the RAM so that each operating system gets a full 2GB.
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    bla bla bla over Xgb is overkill. Well it all depends how you use your pc. USUALLY over 4gb is overkill. for me it's not. it all depends. just games? 4gb is enough. and check prices. is it really worth it? and 4gb ddr3 prices are insane atm. ddr2 not so much.

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    Just last year everyone was saying 2gb was right and 4gb was too much. Now that 4gb is affordable these people are saying 4gb is right and anything more is over kill. I disagree. Ive been running 8gb for a while now and the pc uses it. If you have the money get it. All the naysayers just cant afford it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allfiredup View Post
    Anything over 4GB is overkill at this point.
    I disagree, strongly.

 

 
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