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Old January 20 2012, 04:16 PM   #46
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Re: What are your current computer's specs?

^ Photoshop and apps like it - they eat memory for breakfast.
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Old January 20 2012, 04:32 PM   #47
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Re: What are your current computer's specs?

My PC specs?

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Old January 20 2012, 04:38 PM   #48
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Who the hell needs 16 GB Ram? Even 8 is overdoing it for the vast majority of people.
primarily used for video editing actually...

i'll render down say 70 mins of HD footage from RAW and encode it through AVI after editing...

even with 16gb Ram it normally takes about an hour or two to encode properly

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Old January 20 2012, 04:58 PM   #49
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Who the hell needs 16 GB Ram? Even 8 is overdoing it for the vast majority of people.
The computer used for rendering by the media students in my school has 48GB of ram. It has 12 ram slots with 4GB modules in each.

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My PC specs?

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You mean its powered by a ZPM? Wicked!
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Old January 20 2012, 05:24 PM   #50
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Re: What are your current computer's specs?

I have an mid 2010 15" MacBook Pro with the High-res screen, 2.4GHz i5, 500gig HDD, 6gigs of ram and Nvidia GeForce GT 330M with 256 MB.
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Old January 20 2012, 06:08 PM   #51
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Re: What are your current computer's specs?

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I had to get a new laptop last Autumn; I just looked up the specs: Intel i7-2670QM 2.20 GHz, 8GB RAM, GeForce GT 540M 2GB.

I'll let those more familiar with these things decide exactly what that means in the grand scheme of things.
That's pretty much the best processor and graphics card combo you can get in a laptop without going insane with the price, it should do you just fine for the next few years.
Meh... the gpu could have been better... the 555m would be a decent mid-range gpu, or even better, an 560M - but it also depends on your budget.

Aside from that, Holdfast... you can upgrade manually to 16GB RAM if you wanted to.
Just get the cheapest 2x8GB DDR3 so-dimm you can find and you'll be good.
Oh and, don't pay too much attention to Mhz speed on RAM... it means 0 in terms of real-life performance, gaming, etc.
As I said, stick to the cheapest RAM - and brand doesn't really matter either.

Aside from that... where are you situated and what's your budget?
Thanks for the info guys. As I said, for now it seems plenty fast enough for my needs, so the upgrade budget is precisely zero.

My last laptop I kept for 5+ years as I mentioned, but upgraded the RAM at one point. Depending on how software demands progress, I may end up having to do that some years down the line, but it's not on the horizon any time soon. Good to know there are options though, thanks.

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Old January 20 2012, 07:41 PM   #52
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^ I was wondering if anyone would catch on.

Btw, only time you need to give a damn regarding ram is when you are going to overclock. Otherwise, just by the cheapest compatible ram modules. But honestly, ram is basically free nowadays. I bought 4GB modules for 65€ each a few months ago. When i bought ram for my laptop a few weeks ago, I got 2x4GB for 30€.
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Old January 20 2012, 07:45 PM   #53
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Who the hell needs 16 GB Ram? Even 8 is overdoing it for the vast majority of people.
You'd be surprised how useful it can be in research programs to have tons of memory available.
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Old January 20 2012, 09:21 PM   #54
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Re: What are your current computer's specs?

You can never have too much memory or HD space. If you can afford more, get it.
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Old January 20 2012, 10:55 PM   #55
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You can never have too much memory or HD space. If you can afford more, get it.
Nonsense. What's the use of buying memory modules if you never use it? Also, some OSs can't even deal with anything above a certain amount so it will just sit there, unused, possibly using up power.
For some things you need a lot of RAM, like serious video editing but the vast majority of computer users don't need it. Some need it for showing off, though.
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Old January 20 2012, 11:39 PM   #56
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some OSs can't even deal with anything above a certain amount so it will just sit there, unused, possibly using up power.
The current versions of OS X and Windows can both deal with more memory than any computer currently being manufactured can support. And this will continue for some time, I think.

It will be a LONG time before computers ever get made that can support more memory than those currently shipping OSes do. And by that time, the OSes themselves will be patched. So everything, in a sense, will always be caught up; nobody will ever again be stuck with a machine whose OS can't use all its memory. (The days of having to worry about things like "32-bit clean" are long since past.)
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Old January 20 2012, 11:44 PM   #57
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Yeah, I heard Windows 7 overtook Windows XP in market share recently. Still, 90% of computer users don't need more than 4 GB of RAM. I believe that buying more of anything than you really need is a waste of ressources and thus not a good policy.
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Old January 21 2012, 03:04 AM   #58
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Took me a moment, then I loled.
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^ I was wondering if anyone would catch on.
Yep, best laugh I've had so far today. If only
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Old January 21 2012, 06:53 AM   #59
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Re: What are your current computer's specs?

Win7 Ultimate Edition
Dual Core Intel 2.3ghz
3GB of PC6400 RAM
500GB HD
Multi Drive DVD-CD Burner
24 bit Soundblaster HD card
New 1GB DDR3 Gigabyte graphics card
New 32" Hitachi Ultrathin LED monitor
New 400 Watt power supply
New Dual-Band N Router(NOt in the pictures)
New wireless Logitech Mk320 keyboard and Mouse(Not in the pictures)
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Old January 21 2012, 11:05 AM   #60
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^ Now, that's a pretty nice setup. A bit cluttered for my taste, but otherwise, its totally me. Fast and functional.

Btw, this is my Command Center. I have a temporary Benq screen now since the old one died. But its crap, so it doesn deserve to be present.
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