FAQ - How much memory do I need? How much memory should I have?
The amount of memory you need depends upon how you use your computer. RAM is used every time you open an application, download, play a game or simply turn on your computer. Additionally if you work with or plan to work with digital audio and video more ram is a necessity.
It's safe to say you will see a performance improvement in at least one way or another by having at least 512MB, especially if you are using Windows 2000, XP or Apple's OS X. For running today's computer software, RAM is a must. AntiVirus, picture and video programs bog down your system almost immediately, so needing up to 1GB may be nesscessary. Also, many people go with more memory for the satisfaction of "maxing out" the computer or the desire to utilize all the memory slots.