Originally Posted by JETninja
Guys, I own probably 30 games, do beta testing for companies like MS and others. Flight Sims, Racing Sims, RPG's, MMOLG's, you name it. I've yet to see a game take over 500mb of memory, though some get close. My FS2004 and WWIIOL both often take 420mb or so. WinXP takes about 100-120Mb. Do the math. 1Gb is penty for a number of years to come. Unless your doing serious Photoshop or Video work, you will see Zero benefit by running 2Gb over 1Gb. (except a lighter wallet!)
While I agree that 2GB of RAM is overkill for many (if not most) users, you don't have to do pro video or photo editing to benifit from 2GBs. Any time you open large pictures from a digital camera with say 5MP, your 1GB of RAM will be eaten up in seconds - all of it if you've opened say 25 pictures for group basic editing (which is the norm for digital camera usage).
For example, on my desktop I have 1GB of RAM and when editing several photo's in a simple program like MS Picture It (to say remove red eye and just some cropping), it will use almost all of the RAM slowing the system down significantly and constantly paging the HD. My RAM meter is amost bottomed out untill I close out of these pictures that I am editing or the whole program itself. This is the same for PhotoSuite and other basic non-pro applications.
Unfortunately, my 3GHz desktop maxes out at 1GB, so I can't upgrade, but I am definately getting at least 2GB in my next computer, or upgrade the one I have now. This way, I won't have to worry when doing that simple photo editing and will be able to have a few apps open in the background as well.