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cbennett926
December 8th, 2011, 03:26 AM
I'm just curious how much RAM you guys recommend for Ubuntu 11.10 and up. I want to be able to use GIMP and listen to music, as well as be on facebook at the same time and still have a nice speedy computer.

This is the set- up I'm looking at:

Nvidia GeForce GTX 560M Graphics with 1.5GB GDDR5 Video Memory

2nd Generation Intel Core i7-2670QM Processor ( 6MB L3 Cache, 2.20GHz )

8 GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz - 2 X 4GB

250 GB Intel 510 Series SATA III 6 Gb/s Solid State Disk Drive

ratcheer
December 8th, 2011, 03:44 AM
1 GB will work pretty well and, of course, more is better. 2 GB would work quite well.

Tim

batharoy
December 8th, 2011, 03:50 AM
8 gig should be more than adequate unless multiple files (10+) open gimp and there all huge multi megabyte files.

sandyd
December 8th, 2011, 04:38 AM
I'm just curious how much RAM you guys recommend for Ubuntu 11.10 and up. I want to be able to use GIMP and listen to music, as well as be on facebook at the same time and still have a nice speedy computer.

This is the set- up I'm looking at:

Nvidia GeForce GTX 560M Graphics with 1.5GB GDDR5 Video Memory

2nd Generation Intel Core i7-2670QM Processor ( 6MB L3 Cache, 2.20GHz )

8 GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz - 2 X 4GB

250 GB Intel 510 Series SATA III 6 Gb/s Solid State Disk Drive
How much are you paying for the SSD? The 510 is a bit expensive, and is a also a bit slower in randomIO.

cbennett926
December 8th, 2011, 04:46 AM
How much are you paying for the SSD? The 510 is a bit expensive, and is a also a bit slower in randomIO.

I am paying an extra 585 from the base price.

Another option is 300 GB Intel 320 Series SATA II 3 Gb/s Solid State Disk Drive, which is 50 dollars cheaper

sandyd
December 8th, 2011, 05:06 AM
I am paying an extra 585 from the base price.

Another option is 300 GB Intel 320 Series SATA II 3 Gb/s Solid State Disk Drive, which is 50 dollars cheaper
They have the same performance. Too bad they didn't give you the OCZ Vertex 3 as an option.

The benchmarks are here:
http://www.storagereview.com/intel_ssd_510_review_250gb
http://www.storagereview.com/intel_ssd_320_review_300gb

wolfen69
December 8th, 2011, 06:42 AM
You're gonna have a killer rig. :)

LowSky
December 8th, 2011, 07:28 AM
I'm just curious how much RAM you guys recommend for Ubuntu 11.10 and up. I want to be able to use GIMP and listen to music, as well as be on facebook at the same time and still have a nice speedy computer.


You don't need a core i7 to do all that and have a fast machine. Heck you don't even need a core i3.

I find 4GB enough for Ubuntu. And my Desktop has 12GB. I never have one moment of pause playing a HD video, recording up to 5 shows at once, using Google Chrome like a madman, and maybe running handbrake all at the same time. My Processor is a mere AMD Phenom II x4 B50 (unlocked and overclocked 550). That i7 you want smokes my processor in every test possible.

cbennett926
December 8th, 2011, 08:30 AM
And this is why I love the Ubuntu community so much, honest answers, humor, and knowledge all in on non-condesending manner! I am very excited to know I can get a budget-ish computer and still hardcore rock-out on the beast! My girlfriend will be delighted to know that the money saved is going towards her christmas present! Woohoo!

koleoptero
December 8th, 2011, 11:04 AM
That's not a budget-ish computer mate, that's a beast. At least as far as linux is concerned.

Basher101
December 8th, 2011, 11:15 AM
That's not a budget-ish computer mate, that's a beast. At least as far as linux is concerned.

overkill indeed. my new custum build parts will arrive tomorrow (i hope...) and its even more overkill^^

i5 2500k CPU
MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3) motherboard
Gigabyte GTX 570 (Overclocked)
Corsair Vengeance Dualchannel DDR3 SDRAM 2x4 GB 1600MHz RAM
and just a normal 1,5 TB HDD (no more cash for SSD :D)

Dragonbite
December 8th, 2011, 02:35 PM
Man, and I thought the machine I just bought my wife was good (i5, 6GB Ram, Intel video up to 1.6 GB)! Nice system!

Paqman
December 8th, 2011, 02:44 PM
It runs perfectly well on my 1GB netbook, although that mostly just runs a browser. My desktop is 4GB, but if I wasn't firing up the occasional VM I'm sure that machine would be fine with 2GB.

ratcheer
December 8th, 2011, 04:03 PM
As you can see from my sig, my system has 8 GB RAM. So far, I have never seen it use as much as 2 GB.

Tim

jespdj
December 8th, 2011, 04:25 PM
If you're going to install more than 4 GB RAM, I'd highly recommend installing 64-bit Ubuntu.

Normally, 32-bit operating systems can't use more than 4 GB RAM. (There are some tricks, I don't know if 32-bit Ubuntu uses those, but even then a single program won't be able to use more than 4 GB RAM).

8 GB is more than enough for almost anything.

And to boast ;-) I have a desktop with Core i7-2600K, 16 GB RAM, NVIDIA GTX-580, and a laptop with a Core i5 and 8 GB RAM.