how much ram is needed to run 2.9 ghz cpu?

May 10, 2011 at 09:52:35
Specs: Windows 7, 2.9 GHZ/4 GB
Just wondering if this HP All-In-One system has enough RAM for the CPU, as it has 4 GB Ram for a 2.9 Ghz cpu.

I was comparing this to a similar HP All-In-One that has 6 GB RAM but the cpu runs at 2.4 Ghz.

Or does it even matter???

Thanks a bunch!

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May 10, 2011 at 10:21:36
Ram is necessary for the applications being run. A small amount is necessary for the CPU to function with the BIOS and start the system. The rest is used by the operating system (Windows), applications running inside the operating system, input/output caching, and other processes.
For the average home user, 4 gig is ample. I've never seen a machine with too much RAM. There is a maximum for the operating system and the mainboard has it's maximum also.
It boils down to what you are doing with the machine. Database, graphics, and games need more. Word processing and email need less.

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May 11, 2011 at 04:57:25
The CPU & RAM are indpendent of each other. There is no RAM requirement for a CPU or CPU requirement for RAM. As stated above, the amount needed is determined by which OS & programs you're running, & the limitations of the motherboard. If you're running a 32-bit version of Windows, it's pointless to have more than 4GB RAM (some will say 3GB) because it won't all be recognized, but if you have a 64-bit version, you can run the max supported by the motherboard. You certainly don't need 6GB RAM for general purpose use (internet, email, word processing, etc) though.

If you haven't bought the All-in-One yet, you should seriously reconsider. You'd be better off with a laptop/notebook.

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May 12, 2011 at 03:25:26
I like to do graphics using photopaint but I also run Microsoft Office applications. I don't want a laptop as I have a musculoskeletal problem and laptops are not that good ergonomically and certainly not good screens for graphics. I was trying to get away from the typical hard drive and monitor setup to unclutter my desk. So I was looking into the all-in-one's and the OS for these are Windows 7, 64 bit, with LED monitors. I used to use Macintosh where I worked, but I can't afford that type of system and software. I may wait until the fall when the back to school sales start and that will give me time to do some more research. Thanks for the answers as they are very helpful.

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