Computer memory requirements: How much memory do you need?
When it comes to adding system memory, the general rule of thumb is the more, the better. On average, doubling the amount of memory in your system will give you ample "space" to work and will make an obvious difference in overall speed. This is especially with today's memory-hungry applications such as office programs, multimedia editing packages, and graphics-intensive games. More memory allows you to run more programs at once, and your favorite programs will be easier to use.
What do you use your computer for?
|If this is what you do||Here's how much memory you need|
Internet browsing, e-mail and listening to music
Internet browsing, email, word processing, simple graphics programs and flash games, music and watching videos, multitasking.
Internet browsing, email, word processing, photo editing, video editing, graphics programs and gaming, intensive multitasking.
|Professional User/Gamer/Graphic Designer
High performance gaming, multimedia editing, high-definition video, graphics design/3D modeling, intensive multitasking.
|Operating system||Minimum requirements||We recommend|
|Microsoft Windows® 7 64-bit||2GB||4GB-8GB|
|Microsoft Windows® 7 32-bit||1GB||4GB|
|Microsoft Windows® Vista™ 64-bit||2GB||4GB-8GB|
|Microsoft Windows® Vista 32-bit||1GB||4GB|
|Microsoft Windows® XP® Professional||512 MB||2GB-4GB|
|Windows XP Home||512 MB||1GB-3GB|
|Windows 2000||512 MB||1GB-4GB|
|Mac® OSX Leopard||1GB||2GB-4GB|
|Mac® OSX Snow Leopard||1GB||2GB-4GB|
|Mac® OSX Lion||2GB||8GB|
|Operating System||Minimum requirements||We recommend|
|Adobe® Acrobat® 6.0 Standard||64MB||128MB|
|Macromedia® Studio MX™ 2004||256MB||512MB|
|Microsoft FrontPage® 2003||128MB||512MB|
|Adobe Illustrator® CS||128MB||512MB|
|Pinnacle® Studio™ Version 9||128 MB||1GB-1,5Go|
|Adobe Photoshop® CS||128MB||1GB-1,5GB|
|Adobe Premiere® Pro||256MB||1GB et plus|
|Adobe After Effects® 6.0||128 MB||1GB-1,5GB|