3GB or 4GB Ram for Laptop ?

Microsoft Windows 7 professional 64-bit
May 18, 2010 at 01:26:19
Specs: Windows 7, i3 core
Hi all,
I'm planning to buy laptop having i3 Core processor and Windows 7 - 64bit OS and also 512 mb Ati 5470 GPU.
I want to know whether 3gb is sufficient or should I upgrade to 4gb ram. I will use it for Word, Surfing, light gaming (crysis, GTA3, etc), audio-video, and also for work to install databases and application servers.

Will i see any improvement going from 3 to 4 gb, for now and also while a year down the line. Or does it really not make that much of a difference.

You may think why I'm wasting so much time on thinking about 1gb. But its just that I have shortlisted two models of laptops, one having 3 gb and other 4gb of almost same price and config. And here the 3gb one looks better than the other, but there is no option to upgrade the ram in this model.
So its choice betweem the two models, or so to say the choice between 3gb or 4gb.

Things I have in mind - its 64bit OS and not 32 bit OS hence I am not restricted to only 3gb. Win7 will work with min 2gb and since i have atleast 3gb will that be enough, or If I do go for 4gb will I ever get around to using that extra 1gb.
Since its unequal (2:1) combination in the Ram slots, Dual Channel mode will not work i think (I know Dual channel would anyway give only 5% increase in performance, but still its tempting)
And most importantly, since I will be having 512mb discrete GPU memory, hence no part of the main memory is assigned for display the full 3gb is available for the programs. And also its kind of like having 3.5 gb memory.

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May 18, 2010 at 05:13:52
With 64bit I would prefer 4Gb RAM, but other things like features, manufacturer (quality reputation, warranty, and other hidden stuff), and user reviews are also very important. If you post more info on them, others will give you more specific recommendations.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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