Should I juice up my new laptop with more memory?
June 9, 2010 6:46 PM Subscribe
Have received a new laptop as a gift. Should I add more RAM to get ahead of Moore's Law? Should a possible RAM upgrade influence my choice of OS?
posted by micketymoc to Computers & Internet (10 answers total)
I received an ASUS K40IJ-VX204 laptop as a gift. It's got 2gig onboard memory. It also has an Intel Dual Core T4400 processor, which I figure is respectable as I'm mainly going to use the laptop to write and surf the Internet; I'll also be doing some photo processing, nothing too high level, but may be taxing on the system. The laptop has no OS at the moment.
Should I upgrade the memory to its 4 gig maximum allowable onboard memory? It's not the newest processor, and I'd like to forestall Moore's Law for as long as I can. As I'm not going to be doing a lot of gaming in the foreseeable future, am i just throwing away good money by upgrading?
Should I get a 64-bit version of Windows 7? The 32-bit version will only read up to 3 gig of the onboard memory if I choose to upgrade. The 64-bit version will recognize all 4 gig if I upgrade. But I hear tell that some applications won't work on the 64-bit version. I'm totally in the dark about the differences between the two, and I'm not sure where to start looking.