Kingston Memory Configurator
These days, no matter how much memory your computer has, it never seems to be quite enough. Not long ago, it was unheard of for a PC to have more than 1 or 2 MB (Megabytes) of memory. Today, most systems require 128MB to run basic applications. And up to 1GB or more is needed for truly optimal performance when using graphical and multimedia programs.
As an indication of how much things have changed over the past two decades, consider this: in 1981, referring to computer memory, Bill Gates said, "640K (roughly 1/2 of a megabyte) ought to be enough for anybody." !
If you're using a desktop pc computer, memory requirements depend on the computer's operating system and the application software you're using. Today's word processing and spreadsheet applications require as little as 32MB of memory to run. However, software and operating system developers continue to extend the capabilities of their products, which usually means greater memory requirements. Today, developers typically assume a minimum memory configuration of 256MB. Systems used for graphic arts, publishing, and multimedia call for at least 512MB of memory and it's common for such systems to require 1GB or more for best performance.