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What is the recommended RAM for windows XP pro to run on its best
what is the Work of RAM n' Processor
the differences as well


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the bare minimum you will want for xp is 512,any less and it won't run to it's fullest,more than 512 is good to have in xp and for the cpu get an amd as they cost far less than intel and do more per clock cycle but for the ram go for ddr if your mobo supports it as it runs alot faster than the older sdram does.
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RAM is so cheap. The more the better. However, 256 is too little, if you want the bare minimum, 384 is good.

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M$ recommands at least 128. 256-384 runs fine with not too many prgrams that use memory. if u want too run smooth with all your progies at least 512. better 1gb.....

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I've had it run half decent on a 500MHz machine with 128 ram, but I'd rather see a minimum of 800MHz with 256 ram.
but hey, with computer prices being so cheap, why not build a 3GHz machine with 1GB or more ram?
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I recmoned 256 Ram with 800

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More RAM is better but 128 is recommended minimum but this drpends on what you do with your machine. As far as best processor to use a whole discussion can be opened up. I like AMD myself while it uses more power and generates more heat it is generally a more rugged processor and lends itself to overclocking well.
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128mb is ok unless you run Norton Systemworks. Sysworks is a memory hog. 256mb is my recommended minimum. Of couse, anything greater is always better.

EDIT: 500Mhz machines suck, but will do if the need arises.

Edited by dougiefresh, 11 July 2005 - 03:11 AM.


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will combination of 256+256+128 work perfectly or its exact capacity is just 512 MB
i have heard that all RAM DIMM should of the same size.
My board is intel d845WN
and have 256+256+128 but not sure are they working in their best or not.
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I like AMD myself while it uses more power and generates more heat it is generally a more rugged processor and lends itself to overclocking well.

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Actually, it's the P4's that are the hot beast atm. AMD64's run very cool comparitively. Admittedly AMD processors ran hotter at one time (anyone remember the 1.4GHz Thunderbird?), but that was then and this is now.
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for better result, i would say >645MB, 1GB is a good choice.

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if u run nsw without nav it will work fine with 256.

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Definatly go with at least 512 MB.....MS says the miniumum is 128....ive run it on 64MB on my test machine for the hell of it and it still ran but slow as hell

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Actually, it's the P4's that are the hot beast atm.  AMD64's run very cool comparitively.  Admittedly AMD processors ran hotter at one time (anyone remember the 1.4GHz Thunderbird?), but that was then and this is now.

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Hehe... I've got a 1.33GHz T-bird in my desktop at home right now... with a massive 92mm fan for the CPU. It never goes above 46C... :P

But to get back on topic... I'd say that 256MB is the minimum for decent functionality. If you want a computer to run really smoothly, go for 512MB, and if you're going to do anything memory intensive, 1GB or more.

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If all you do is have one or two apps open to check your e-mail and stuff (This probably doesn't apply to you), then 256MB is plenty. For normal usage 512 is a good number (That's what I have). You really only need more than that if you do some insane multi-tasking or heavy video-editing. All of this assumes that you have DDR-400 or better.

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this guy did ask what is the task of the processor and ram
super simply, the processor does the number crunching, and the ram is the worktable where that data is stored that's being worked on
and the hard drive is where all the files are permanently stored (or until some idi0t erases them :wacko: )

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if you run a decent antivirus like trend micro or kaspersky or nod32 then 128 will suffice,not all ram has to be the same size to get the better performance but the ddr will work better than the older sdram.
the general rule for xp is:
it likes ram alot more than a powerful processor,same goes for 2000 but for 98 it can work very good on low memory compared to xp but a faster cpu is good too,the amd's palamino cpus ran hot but the thouroubred runs cooler,the athlon 64s run alot cooler then the older cpus do(i know cuzz i run a athlon 64 3000+)
64MB for light browsing and some light music
128MB for minor things like browsing and light office work and some music playing
256MB for light gaming and medium office work and music playing
384MB for medium gaming and moderate office work
512MB for medium to somewhat heavy gaming and moderate to somewhat heavy office work
1 Gig For Everything from heavy gaming to heavy office work and soforth.
thats just what i've noticed when i work on machines.
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@soldier1st
you gotta good logic
am impressed
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