OS limitations?

By UltimoAviso ยท 4 replies
Jul 9, 2007
  1. ive read around in some places that the capability of your computer depends also on your OS. so i had some questions.

    Are there caps on RAM, CPU, or anything else i should know about and if so what OS would be a good suggestion?
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    You have several choices of OS... Most like XP, some like Linux. Even more like Mac OS. A very few like Vista. Ennie, Meenie, Mineee, Mo... Which one to choose.

    Each has it's strengths and weaknesses
  3. UltimoAviso

    UltimoAviso TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    but do they have any limitations on ram and such?
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    You'll need a 64bit OS to run with 4+ gigs of RAM. There are also hard drive limitations, but unless you are planning on running an OS that is 8 or more years old you won't have that issue.
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,124   +982

    EVERYTHING has limitations. The questions is does it/they matter to me?

    Most systems have been using 32bit memory addressing for a long time but
    more recently there's been 64bit systems. Unless you are doing some wild
    mathematics/phyics calculations, most of use can see any difference.
    SO why did they build such a thing? To allow a SERVER system to run more
    services and give access to more users. (DO YOU NEED A SERVER?)

    HD capacity has also been growing -- I remember when a 1GB HD was a real break thru.
    Today it's junk as 200/300 GB drives are common. Does this matter? It depends
    on how much data you need to keep available without accessing some offline archive.
    Then too, large HDs are necessary really only when you can't attach another HD
    of any size -- no more connection ports.

    CPUs? Your choice of CPU is usually limited to compatibility to the motherboard.

    If you're the type that needs to have the newest, biggest, badest toys in town,
    then you go that way, but most of us pick reasonable off the shelf systems
    (apologies to the moders and build your own group) and pick one based upon what we can affort :)
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