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Currently I'm running 3 HP/Compaq nc6400's all with Core Duo 1.83GHz processors and all with 2GB of DDR2-533MHz RAM. I'm running Point Linux on all of them except for my ...
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- 12-08-2013 #1
Do I really need more RAM??
- 12-08-2013 #2
I'd say the answer lies in how you computer(s) are using what they have now. Monitor RAM usage and swaping for a week and it will answer your question. htop is nice tool to monitor things with.
- 12-09-2013 #3
I honestly don't think I've ever used up so much RAM as to have ever used swap. Linux being as "light" as it is I think I might be ok with 2GB but I just wanted a few more opinions before I spend money that I might not have to spend.
- 12-09-2013 #4
Processor speed comes into play when I convert a video from lets say .avi to mp4. Ram is not the issue for tasks like that at 2gig.
I'd say save the money for a laptop with a better more powerful processor or buy a cheapo old gaming Desktop with a 1/2 decent gpu and muti 4 core processor with the money
you'd throw to bad with extra ram on those Compaqs. 1.8ghz is nothing now a days when 3ghz single core is considered old even.
- 12-09-2013 #5
Personally, I've rarely had an issue with RAM consumption. And I don't use high-end machines.
A laptop with 2 GB RAM had no issues compiling programs from source. I had setup a swap file just in case, but I don't think it was ever really used.
For general usage, I would say that 2 GB is enough. But as mentioned above, look at your memory usage for a while to get an average. If you see yourself consistently using 80 or 85 percent of your available memory, time to upgrade.
- 12-12-2013 #6
Even using Ubuntu/Gnome(desktop is a real memory hog) and having 4 tabs open in Firefox, one running a YouTube video, I'm using under 500MB of RAM so I think I'm good.