Is 2 GB RAM and 320 GB Harddrive enough for Vista?

By mretzloff
Sep 28, 2007
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  1. Is it? I'm buying a Dell Inspiron 530 with 2 GB RAM and 320 GB Harddrive. Is that enough to run Vista on? I'm not buying the computer to play games. It's for word processing, digital photography, homework, and accessing the Internet.

    Am I buying enough memory?
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,987

  3. mretzloff

    mretzloff Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 130

    Can't you just answer my question? It's pretty obvious that I have no clue what I'm doing.
  4. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,987

  5. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,313   +12

    Yes that should do.
  6. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,086

    If you are using for word processing,

    The memory is little too high.
    pull it back to 1 gb
    pull the hd back to 80.

    Saved you over 150 dollars
  7. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,313   +12

    I tried the advisor and it said that my computer could run Vista, but it didn't have any information about my RAID controller. I wonder how I was gonna run Vista if my raid array didn't work afterward. I mean my hard drive resides on that RAID array, and I think I'm gonna need it to make my computer go.
  8. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,067   +13

    that's plenty. You're fine. Your hard drive is huge, but the extra 1gb in RAM is very good. You'll notice a speed improvement.
  9. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

    Yes your fine.
    For Aero a 128mb dedicated video card min, 256mb better performance
    Just a suggestion (for photo applications)

    for bushwhacker
    Vista and 1GB isn't too good
  10. poriggity

    poriggity Newcomer, in training Posts: 32

    I hope so.. Ive got 512 MB of RAM and an 80 gig hard drive, and I'm running vista...
    Scott
  11. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,086

    My advice. Stick to XP, save you boatload of money and life of your laptop.
  12. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,067   +13

    personally I would agree. Vista offers no significant gains in productivity and in fact, can cause issues.
  13. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

    I agree to a certain extent, especially with older hardware, But:
    1.The OP is buying an Inspiron 530 (new system offering), and
    2.XP is not a workable, viable option(in my opinion), it comes with Vista, and
    3.There are not all the XP drivers available that may be required

    everyone is entitled to an opinion, I was trying to give a useful, factual one
     
  14. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,487   +73

    Digital Photo editing you might want to get more RAM for that.. Think of it this way...

    2GB - 1GB for OS - 1.5GB or 1GB for Free Depends on what you load and use. If you're using Adobe products for editing you'll better get enough for that and VISTA plays happy in 4GB world. You could try to get by with 2GB. I recommend you try that and see how it goes. 320GB HDD is 298GB or less but OS, programs and Photowork will fill up quickly.. If you use large JPEG HQ/PQ images or use 7MP or higher digital Camera settings....
  15. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

    3GB is the sweet-spot. If you have 64bit then 4GB.
  16. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,487   +73

    4GB can be use on 32-bit
  17. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

    The most it will use is 3.2GB (max)
    I didn't say you couldn't do it but why pay for it unless you plan on upgrading to 64bit in the future (near)?
  18. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,086

    Excuse me, sir? Have you tried Belarc and Everest Software ? =)

    PLUS.

    http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?os=WW1&osl=EN&catid=-1&impid=-1&servicetag=&SystemID=INSP_DSKTP_D530&hidos=WLH&hidlang=en

    You have to be careful what you said about dell. It does provide the xp drivers.

    @mretzloff It is useful if you have the service tag handy, so the driver database can narrow down to required files for you to download.

    Dismissed.
  19. 35Tony

    35Tony Newcomer, in training

    Why Dell? Your plenty good enough with your description. (FYI)Were you told that you can upgrade to 4 GB Ram. Chances are the only way to do this is to buy all sticks again. Dell will use the lowest possible combinations of RAM to use up all your slots.
  20. Bruce2

    Bruce2 Newcomer, in training Posts: 117

    Planty enough, but I wouldn't buy a dell. Quality and service disappointed me.
  21. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

    I use both programs on my system, thank you.
    Please explain this:
    "You have to be careful what you said about dell. It does provide the xp drivers."
    There are 29 current drivers for Vista, 19 for XP.
    This is what I said:
    "3.There are not all the XP drivers available that may be required"

    So what are you getiing at?
    Dismissed.
  22. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

    The subject of this thread is a desktop, not a laptop.
  23. Spyder_1386

    Spyder_1386 Newcomer, in training Posts: 563

    2GB of RAM is plenty for vista pal...you should be just fine :)

    Spyder_1386 :)
  24. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,086

    You caught me with my pants down, sir.

    *winks*

    There is only way to do this
    install most xp driver and leave the missing driver... use either everest or belarc to find the rest, such as Intel Chipset drivers ... :)
  25. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,245   +213

    Yes its fine. Run Vista, XP will involve more effort. Vista deals with multimedia stuff better than XP anyway (nicer photo thing (very much like picasa), importing and tagging of digital cam pics, VHP has Media Center which is worth the purchase of the whole OS if you ever want to connect to a TV for picture/movie viewing/tv recording).

    2 Gigs is great, 4 gets you into a grey area with a 32bit OS and ultimately you are wasting money. 3 gigs prevents you from running in dual channel mode which sacrifices speed. 2 is perfect. Your HD space is plenty, unless you are recording HDTV.
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