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    256MB enough? (XP Home)

    I'm shopping for a new computer. I will be doing mostly word-processing, email, browsing & newsgroups, CD ripping and burning. Will 256MB be enough to run XP & Office on these tasks, or should I step up to 512? The extra 256MB does cost money, and I figured if there was no real benefit, I might as well save the money--I assume I could always add RAM if I started editing video.

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    Re: 256MB enough? (XP Home)

    The simple truth: if you can afford 512, get it.

    XP is memory hungry. 256 would work, but more is always better with the NT-based operating systems. They thrive on more memory. If you don't spring for the extra RAM, at least get a video card with a minimum of 32MB onboard.

    CD ripping and burning can be very memory intensive also. RAM is faster than accessing the hard drive, which is what will happen if you run out of available RAM.
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    Re: 256MB enough? (XP Home)

    I had a sinking feeling that would be the answer. So, might as well spring for 512 now. One other thing--I'm planning on hooking up the new machine to my ancient Nanao monitor (the name itself testifies to its antiquity) for the time being, but am planning at some point to move to a flat panel. Should I get a DVI video card now? Or will I probably want to replace the video card when I get the new monitor? I know there are no definitive answers to these kinds of questions, just wondering if anyone has a perspective that hasn't occurred to me. Thanks.

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    Re: 256MB enough? (XP Home)

    'Twere it me I would get a video card that had DVI out now, and make sure that it came with the adapter for standard monitors (not all do). If you get a Nvidia Geforce 4, make sure that you get a Ti series and NOT the MX series!! The low-end Ti (the Ti 4200) will be more than enough wax for the job I'm sure. The MX cards are not the same thing as their brethren, they are actually very slimmed down in comparison.

    I'm no fan of ATI so I cannot recommend their products to you, but perhaps other folks have some suggestions?

    Either way, there's no sense in getting a video card now and then upgrading it later; you'll end up paying more that way.

    If that ancient Nanao works as well as my ancient Panasonic, that's all that matters!! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>
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    Re: 256MB enough? (XP Home)

    Hi
    Regarding the amount of RAM you need for XPP. I use 256Mb which as far as I can see is fine. The crunch would come when and if you have several apps open at once. If you intend to work in this way, the more RAM the merrier. If not, I doubt whether the changes would be cost effective.

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    Re: 256MB enough? (XP Home)

    >> 'Twere it me I would get a video card that had DVI out now, and make sure that it came with the adapter for standard monitors (not all do). If you get a Nvidia Geforce 4, make sure that you get a Ti series and NOT the MX series!! The low-end Ti (the Ti 4200) will be more than enough wax for the job I'm sure. The MX cards are not the same thing as their brethren, they are actually very slimmed down in comparison. <<

    Thanks for the response--that's my inclination as well.

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    Re: 256MB enough? (XP Home)

    I have XP Home and office 97, with 256 MB RAM - works just fine for me, doing essentially the same functions as what you've described - plus working with digital photos.

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