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post #11 of 20
1GB ram would fit *any* 32-bit distro, including ubuntu. That cpus a little weak, I would avoid something with KDE or Unity (not sure about Cinnamon or Gnome-Shell). If our going 64-bit (if your cpu supports it) then go with something on the LXDE or Xfce desktops (or something with #! With Openbox)
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512 can run both 32bit and 64bit (1GB is PLENTY), not so well on the gaming aspect but your system should run pretty smooth. I think with FF/flash open I could keep my memory footpring on KDE under 400? I used to run 1GB when 64bit first came out too, didn't upgrade that till I went from my AMD64 to my PHII which I then had JUST gone up to 2GB of ram. I got more ram now, 8GB just cause I needed more than 2GB and decided to drop a lil' extra for 8GB. People who run more than that don't need it, in all honesty most you should ever use (even heavy windows gaming) is 4GB, maybe 6GB. People tend to oversell the amount of ram required.

[edit] I'm not trying to come off condescending or say anyone is wrong, I just wanted to point out that you can do things with a lot less.
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^ everyone overbuys for a good reason. Too much, at worst you've wasted a few dollars, very fee considering how cheap ram is now. But if you ever skip and end up using more, its the fastest way to turn any PC into a total slug. I have seen some Windows machines kick up more then 4GBs, and remember windows spreads its bloat in a way that makes use of more ram even when its not 'in use' Linux doesn't need/use that to the same extent but remeber things like ZFS will use that ability. As well, when using multiple large VMs I can kick up 4-5GBs, it's not actually in use but I need the space so I can make sure I don't run out on any of the OSes. For an old computer, sure, 512-1GB is fine. Heck, my raspi is more then decent with 512. But for new DDR3 conputers, when 8GBs costs ~$35 theres no reason not to overbuy.

@OP- try Lubuntu or Xubuntu
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Don't bother with 64bit. You wont see any performance gains for it.
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Don't bother with 64bit. You wont see any performance gains for it.

I've seen benchmarks otherwise. Not big enough to make up for the resource increase yet, but if you have the memory, and he does (1GB) still, it's not a huge loss, maybe 5-9%
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I've seen benchmarks otherwise. Not big enough to make up for the resource increase yet, but if you have the memory, and he does (1GB) still, it's not a huge loss, maybe 5-9%

What kind of benchmarks? As a lot of software isn't written to take advantage of 64bit (and compiling something for 64bit doesn't mean it's written to take advantage of 64bit wink.gif ).
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What kind of benchmarks? As a lot of software isn't written to take advantage of 64bit (and compiling something for 64bit doesn't mean it's written to take advantage of 64bit wink.gif ).

It's like a generic 5% +/- on certain programs, I don't remember which ones but google foo brings up minimal gains in testing. I think the gains can be higher but you are right about the advantage stuff. So I guess it should depend on what you do.
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I've seen benchmarks otherwise. Not big enough to make up for the resource increase yet, but if you have the memory, and he does (1GB) still, it's not a huge loss, maybe 5-9%

What kind of benchmarks? As a lot of software isn't written to take advantage of 64bit (and compiling something for 64bit doesn't mean it's written to take advantage of 64bit wink.gif ).

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=ubuntu_1210_3264&num=1

most up to date one I can find (albeit it's ubuntu)

forgot to ask, what is your computer running?
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