[QUOTE=SubZero;2632348]I have question regarding Windows 7 at 64 bit.
On a machine that has XP 32 bit with 4 gig RAM, video can take 1.25 gig, leaving 2.75 gig. But XP can still run fine.
If you install 64 bit Windows 7 on that machine, you get back 1.25 gig for full total of 4 gig.
Is 4 gig sufficient for good overall Win 7 performance at 64 bit? Or is 8 gig more the normal for running effectively with typical applications like Photoshop Elements, Premiere Elements, LibreOffice, Audacity 2, Chrome, Firefox, CorelDraw X5, Paint Shop Pro X4, VideoStudeo X5, etc?
Not all at once, but normal of 2 or 3, maybe 4 open at a time doing things? Chrome browsing, take screenshot to Photoshop Elements or Paint Shop Pro X4, Cut and Paste to LibreOffice, thing like that?
I do not have wide range of hardware on which to test, as all work machines are in use.
I did not know if you need 12 gig or 16 gig or even 32 gig to get most from 64 bit Windows 7 depending on programs. AutoCAD, Full Photoshop CS6 suite, etc.
Thank you for helping[/QUOTE]
CDan is right here. RAM is so cheap nowadays, its worth it to invest a little more and get an 8gb kit or even a 16gb kit. There are great 16 gb kits on Newegg for less than 100.00USD. 8gbs can be had for about 50.00USD, but 16gbs will be enough so you will never use that much and you wont ever have toi worry.