Is 2GB RAM enough with Integrated Graphics

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January 27, 2011 at 06:49:39
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate x64, C2D2.8GHZ/4GB
Hi
I just bought a laptop from a local computer store. Its still sealed and the guy told me that I can change it as long as the packaging is not opened.
I was about to open it when this poped into my head. Is 2 GB RAM enough for watching HD movies on integrated graphics.
The LAPTOP is DELL 15R (N5010)
Specs:
Corei3 370 2.4Ghz
2GB RAM
250GB HDD
15.6" HD DISPLAY.

The current system I use has the following specs:
Core2Duo E7400 2.8Ghz
2GB RAM
160GB HDD
nVidia 9400GT (512MB) Graphics Card.
The RAM usage on this system never exceeds 50% while watching HD movies or browsing the internet and listening to music together.

So my question is that is The 2GB RAM in the LAPTOP with integrated graphics with the specs mentioned in the beginning going to be enough. All I do is Watch HD Movies, Surf The Internet & Listen to Music at the same time. No gaming. So is the 2GB RAM enough.

PLEASE HELP

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#1
January 27, 2011 at 07:14:26
2GB is the minimum recommended for Win7 64-bit. I assume a portion of that will be used for the IGP. You'll have to determine which is the better/cheaper way to go - take the laptop back & get a different one, or keep the one you have & upgrade the RAM.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...


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#2
January 27, 2011 at 09:10:21
Well I am using Windows 7 64 Bit Ultimate Edition. I can take it back and get a ACER Laptop with same specs but 3 GB of RAM.

What do you think about ACER vs. DELL?

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#3
January 27, 2011 at 09:16:48
What's the price difference between the two? Is it more than another stick of ram for the Dell ? All the models I looked at for the Dell IR15 had a minimum of 3 gigs of ram installed. Are you sure it's only 2 gigs ?

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#4
January 27, 2011 at 09:22:51
grasshopper pretty much covered what I was about to say. One thing that wasn't mentioned is the graphics. It appears the Dell can either have Intel graphics or ATI Mobility Radeon graphics. ATI is the better choice.

http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-1...


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#5
January 27, 2011 at 09:56:14
The ACER and DELL cost the same. ACER has 3 GB of RAM and the DELL 2 GB.
I am not located in the US. The DELL I am getting has a 2 GB of RAM and I cannot get one with the ATI as there alot of price difference and I am already on my Maximum Budget.

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#6
January 27, 2011 at 10:04:42
Ask the people at the store why the Dell only has 2 gigs. i think the Dell may be a better machine, but without knowing all the specs, it's hard to say. i would probably go for the Dell and add some ram. It's your choice. See how the Dell performs and then you can always add more ram if you need it. Like Mickliq said, 2 gigs is the minimum for the 64 bit version, but you may not need more ram.

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#7
January 27, 2011 at 10:07:03
I chatted with the DELL support and they said that 2GB of RAM is enough with the specs for watching movies. I think I will go with the DELL. I don't have any money now but I will be able to upgrade it in future.

Thanks Everyone.

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#8
January 27, 2011 at 11:28:33
Of course they're going to tell you that! If you have the weaker Intel IGP & it uses "shared memory", the system will be running with less than 2GB. Not only that, but you'll be stuck with the crappy Intel graphics for as long as you own the darn thing. If you don't have the money for something better, I suggest you wait until you do.

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#9
January 28, 2011 at 11:30:18
Well I returned the Laptop and got my money back. I am going to wait like you said Mickliq.

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