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#1 2013-06-22 09:06:21

RandomDeist
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Registered: 2013-06-15
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How much RAM is recommended for general use?

Hi,

I'm currently using an old desktop PC, with only 495mb RAM.
I've tried Bodhi and Peppermint on it but, whatever the distro, it's fine till I start adding programs.
The thing is slow and rather noisy, so it really is time to think about upgrading.
Rather than considering minimum specs, how much RAM is really recommended for general use?
Would you actually notice any difference using Crunchbang on a 3Gb or 4Gb system that a 2Gb one, for instance?

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#2 2013-06-22 09:27:49

DebianJoe
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Re: How much RAM is recommended for general use?

It really depends on what you're doing with it.  I have a t43 with 1GB of RAM in it that performs very well for many tasks, but I wouldn't dream of running multiple VMs in it at once.  The needs of the user defines what they need in a toolset.

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#3 2013-06-22 13:16:01

uname
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Re: How much RAM is recommended for general use?

Normal Web or Office perhaps 512 GB. Low CPU and HDD slows, too.

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#4 2013-06-22 14:46:12

antiv0rtex
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Registered: 2012-10-05
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Re: How much RAM is recommended for general use?

uname wrote:

Normal Web or Office perhaps 512 GB. Low CPU and HDD slows, too.

I think you mean 512MB... wink

My laptop has about 2GB of RAM and works well enough for most general tasks. I can't edit video (planning on getting a more powerful machine soon so I can do that), but pretty much everything else works OK.

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#5 2013-06-22 19:03:41

fatmac
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Re: How much RAM is recommended for general use?

For general usage, i.e. internet, listening to music, watching movies, looking at photos, 'office' apps; 1gb ram / 1GHz processor is sufficient, I find.
If you want many tabs open in a web browser, increase the ram a bit, & if you want to process video, etc, get a faster processor.
(I have used an 800MHz processor with 384mb ram to do most things on 'my' list.)


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#6 2013-06-23 02:39:44

shengchieh
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Re: How much RAM is recommended for general use?

I only have 256MB and I'm fine fine.  I do have to be careful not to open too many things at once, i.e., open FF and Bluefish,
but not LO if I am doing web development - close bluefish and open LO when doing office stuffs.  With 495 MB, you
probably can do 3-4 "intensive" things at once.   Like others said, it depends on what you plan to to.

Sheng-Chieh

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#7 2013-06-24 16:24:33

KrunchTime
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Registered: 2012-03-02
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Re: How much RAM is recommended for general use?

Although I have 4gb RAM on one laptop and 8gb RAM on my other laptop, I don't think I've ever even came close to utilizing 1gb RAM when using CrunchBang.  However, I don't do anything (in Linux) that would need a lot of RAM.

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#8 2013-06-24 18:08:53

iann
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Re: How much RAM is recommended for general use?

I run a desktop with 1GB and I have to deliberately do crazy stuff to make it even start to swap.  I do have a number of features enabled to reduce memory usage, but even so this would be adequate for most people.  I've previously used #! with 384MB which was definitely less than ideal, and 512MB which was just fone for general web browsing, photos, etc.

If you have plans for things which use a lot of memory, high end graphics work, certain games (?), or just like to run Firefox with 1,000 tabs open, then you might need 2GB lol

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#9 2013-06-24 18:09:21

brontosaurusrex
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Registered: 2012-06-15
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Re: How much RAM is recommended for general use?

For example converting HD video to SD proxies took all the Ram and most of the swap on 1gigs machine, probably 2 gigs should get you covered for a lot of stuff.

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#10 2013-06-25 00:58:12

CBizgreat!
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Re: How much RAM is recommended for general use?

Depends on how you want to use it imo, shrugs.

Kinda seems it's suggesting that RAM is the only consideration too. There are many other hardware bottlenecks, the cpu ... the FSB ( front side bus) mobo + Vid card or no ... type of hard drive/etc. Personally atm only played with a 32bit Waldorf install in a vm and it appears from that brief experience to be the same good nixy kickbuttness Corenominal has been keeping up for years. Jmo ... this instance of Waldorf would do just fine on a 1g/ram pc ... Even untweaked OOTB. In fact imo ... someone who knows their tweakage could get it to run just fine on 512mbs.

For general use ? Guess that hinges on your definition of general use ... wink

Dammit ! One more edit ... for general use ... Think #! can be made to blaze along quite nicely. Most modern spec lappies/pc's ... Sheesh even many older ones are up to the task ... just 2 cents of babble.

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#11 2013-07-08 14:53:47

RandomDeist
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Re: How much RAM is recommended for general use?

Thanks Guys,

Your feedback is much appreciated (and CBizgreat!, that's a very valid comment you make about RAM being only one aspect. I understand that upping the memory won't necessarily make ancient hardware work faster when under pressure).

Had I been planning to use a more bloated distro, I would probably have gone for a desktop with 4 GB RAM (I was drooling over the Kamatech Sensei 2 - http://www.kamatech.co.uk/desktop/index.html  - but that's just a bit OTT!). It sounds like a good used PC with 2 to 3GB is quite sufficient for just about anything you might wish to throw at it.

When it comes to choosing used hardware, are there any brands of desktop that are particularly suited to Linux/Debian distros or will Crunchbang run equally well on anything with a plug on it?

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#12 2013-07-08 18:34:20

fatmac
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Re: How much RAM is recommended for general use?

If you get the chance to run a 'live' session on a machine, you will be able to see any negatives, that's not to say they won't be solvable, just a little bit more work.
I've used Novatech, Asus, Acer, Advent, Toshiba, Fujitsu, & HP.


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#13 2013-07-08 19:04:07

dgz
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Re: How much RAM is recommended for general use?

i used #! on a laptop with 256mb for a while, it was fine with one app at a time open. i'd say 1gb for a practical minimum, though upgrading ram on a tower (most laptops even) is cheap and easy to do.

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