Originally posted by gaara
2x1GB is also not needed. 1GB is more than enough for anyone who games, does basic photo/video editing, and yes even video encoding 1GB is fine. 512MB is fine for anyone using simple tasks such as internet browsing or word processing.
Well, i'm going to have to disagree with 2 GIG not being needed. My PC at desktop uses anywhere from 500 - 600MB of ram. Yes, it is very, very true that I could close down some appz, from running in the background. But, why? Everything that is running in the background is used and needed at some point. And when I do use it, it's nice to have it respond right away when needed. Rather then wait until the app. loads.
Now, when gaming, all the newest games are memory hogs. For example BF2 loves system memory. I've monitored my usage during gameplay. BF2 will use as much as 800MB to a GIG of ram.
Also, my swap file is anywhere from 500 - 700MB during BF2 play.
Because i have 2GIG of ram, i suffer absolutely no performance issues while having all of my programs running in the background and a memory hog game running at the same time. If I were to remove 1 GIG of ram from my system, which i've done as a test, the performance drops considerably.
For some systems 2 GIG's is eccential, for others, you're right, it's not needed. More ram is better then not enough when you need it.