Re: 12/03/04 How much RAM do you currently have in your main
I am a big fan of Random Access Memory ( RAM ) as I am from Hong Kong where the majority of PC fans do not buy brands as HP,Compaq,IBM nor Dell. The norm is to custom made your PC at Golden Centre, Sham Shui Po where all the hardware are sold there. It is the Mecca of custom made PC and in Hong kong side, there are Wan Chai 130 and 298 located at Hennessy Rd. RAM are just like gold in HK as it fluctuates based on the supply and demand theory. During the summer vacation, the price of RAM will go up as more people are likely to custom made a new PC and RAM are the vital hardware. It is very common for an individual to own more than 3 PC in HK. RAM is just like horsepower or muscle, the more you have, the greater strength in your PC as software eats up lots of RAM. I am very surprised to know here in Canada, there are people still using 128MB RAM of 133MHz and on PIII CPU. Any PC fan overthere will install 512MB 333MHz RAM in his or her machine these days running P4 2.8GHz CPU a year ago. Perhaps it has to do with tax as being a Canadian is a tragedy as it has the highest tax in the world and HK is tax-free. PC fans there are willing to pay premium for Corsair, Patriot,Geil and Kingston brands. Other brands are considered to be inferior though they are okay in quality. I have 8 desktops ranging from 512MB to 2GB RAM. 3 BenQ notebooks all have 512MB RAM. The bottom line is the more RAM in your PC, the more strength it will have and therefore it is unlikely to see your PC " Hang" or " Down". Keep in mind, there is a difference between CPU and RAM while the former means speed and the latter means muscle or strength. If you have lots of freeware downloaded from the web-sites or plenty of software that you paid for; chances are you need 1GB RAM as a minimum. By the way, the RAM sold in Vancouver are cheap brands as you will be amazed to see the merchandises if you ever visit HK. PC are like fashion there and the competitions are very keen. The mainstream is people are more pro to RAM than CPU there. In general, the motherboard only has four slots for RAM. It can be 256MBx4=1GB or 4x1GB=4GB. Therfore, 512MB of RAM is considered to be acceptable. Don't you think so? Lucky you in the States where you pay 9% GST the most where we make less than you and pay higher tax, we call it quality of life, ha,ha ha. Windows XP Professional here is C$ 449.99 plus 14% GST for your reference and the minimum wage is C$ 8.00 an hour. If one buys stuff from the States, subject to 60% Custom Duties.
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