Msg#: 4091871 posted 2:36 am on Mar 5, 2010 (gmt 0)
I getting all new equipment and looking for recommendations and thoughts about best amount of memory for Windows 7 on i7 860 system. This system says max 8GB but I rather it be 16GB capacity if Windows gets fatter in a year or two. I'm not a power user but I don't like slow machines either. The version is Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit). I can build my own but you can't beat the prices on many pre-built machines.
Msg#: 4091871 posted 2:53 am on Mar 5, 2010 (gmt 0)
On a 64-bit system in today's market you're going to want as much RAM as you can afford. Most of your software is still 32-bit and it won't benefit from the 64-bit architecture. The 32-bit software will make use of all your available RAM when running applications concurrently, so the more the better.
Msg#: 4091871 posted 5:40 am on Mar 5, 2010 (gmt 0)
Thing is only most manufacturers are only selling machines now with a max expansion of 16 GB with windows 7, many just with 8GB. People don't seem to be reporting any problems but there is a lack of reports since the beginning of 2010.
Msg#: 4091871 posted 5:49 am on Mar 5, 2010 (gmt 0)
A 64-bit system can overcome the 4GB RAM limit of a 32-bit system. It is almost pointless to get a 64-bit Windows 7 machine with 4GB or less of RAM. I would say that 8GB might be the minimum you would want to consider.
People don't seem to be reporting any problems but there is a lack of reports since the beginning of 2010.
With your RAM at 8GB it shouldn't be problematic at all for most. If you want to hang on to the machine for a while then packing on as much RAM as you can afford will keep you happy for a while longer.