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post #1 of 11
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Hi guys.

My girlfriend has a PC with P4 Northwood 2.8GHz and only 256MB of Generic DDR400.

I want to get her atleast an extra 256MB. The problem is that she only has 2 DIMM slots, so adding another 256MB stick will prevent her from future upgrades(unless she will replace all of her RAM which would be a waste of money).

I keep in mind that Vista is about to be released. So I'm thinking of getting a 512MB stick so she will have a total of 768MB. Will that suffice for Vista or not?

Don't just send me to the requirements of Vista please. I have taken a look in it, but I want to know the REAL LIFE situation from the ones who've tried it already.

Thanks guys!
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Get her 2x512. I think its not necessary but would work great. My theory is anything under a gig is not going to be too much fun lmao.
    
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post #3 of 11
I've got one gigabyte, and it ran fine with the Vista RC1. I wouldn't really recommend gaming with only 1 Gb, but everyday use is fine.
post #4 of 11
Id say 09328903507584935GB since Im a smartass. Honestly, winxp isnt even too fun on 512mb -- get her a 1gb stick of matching speed, that should be all good.
    
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post #5 of 11
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I'm not going to get her more than 512MB. She wants to spend as little as possible.

Will 768MB be enough to run vista for everyday use decently? No gaming of course..

I don't want her to feel with vista the way she feels with XP now. She has only got 256MB and everything works extremely slow because of the lack of RAM.

So if 768MB is not really enough, then we will only get 256MB stick to get a total of 512MB(which is enough for XP, but not vista).
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should me man, only vista
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post #7 of 11
If you want my opinion, dont use vista for at least another year. Get her the 512MB, and guaranteed she will LOVE using winXP at that point, the laptop I am posting from (HP l2000, lol lance armstorng edition POS) had 512MB RAM stock (2x256 PC3200 SO-DIMM) and it was a farking POS. Slower than a 5 yr/o intel... and multitasking was out of the question. I dropped in a free 512MB SO-DIMM module from my friends Toshi laptop, and BAM, its like a new machine (admittedly I also used tweakXP around the same time, and was in the middle of optimizing my XP install, but the RAM I know was a huge factor)

This laptop still starts to bog when Ive got 10+ tabs in FF2.0, photoshop open, and a couple other random things running in the background, but it browses very well, does everything I need it to, and can game well enough once I close most programs. besides, a 512 module of DDR400 costs nothing compared to a license of vista XD
    
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post #8 of 11
800+ ram should be more then enough , vista is just like a upgrade kinda like 95> 98 then 2000>xp etc...
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post #9 of 11
As a minimum, MS states 512MB of ram for Vista and 1GB for Vista Preminum.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvist...y/capable.mspx

If it was me, I wouldn't use it with less than 4GB but I use a lot of memory hungry programs.
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post #10 of 11
Haha ^ I can imagine using firefox on Vista now. That alone would use 2gb of ram, easily. XD
    
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