Originally Posted by abf
i disagree with neosis...2gb is more than overkill unless you're a high-end gamer with a 7900 GTX SLI setup....which if you own a Mac...you're not. I think that 512 as the standard for most users is plenty to boot the OS, open up a browser, office, and email program and maybe have some music in the background. A gig is quite plenty if you do photoshop work and occasional gaming. Look at your resources monitor once in a while, in a properly configed environment the OS shouldn't take up more than 200mb (mine currently takes 80mb)....throw in some basic programs and you are still ok with 512mb, there is just no damn way can you load a gig and a half of programs unless you're doing some serious gaming / multitasking
Dude, shut the hell up. First off, gaming is NOT the be-all for computer standards. Work flows are the top priority.
I have a gig and a half of ram in my powerbook and I routinely max out that ram while working. And I'm NOT playing a stupid video game, and I'm not multitasking, either. There is no such thing as "overkill" in the computer world. There is only extra *fill in computer jargon* that hasn't been utilized yet.
The digital media market is very good at maxing out systems. I have a friend who runs a dual 2 ghz G5 with 4 gigs of ram and can still push it to the limits while working with RAW files. I'm doing the same thing on a 1.5 powerbook with 1.5 gigs of ram. I would NEVER tell someone to get less ram. Every single bit of it can be utilized.