How much memory should I have free?

  Red Devil 10:53 14 Nov 05

As the subject line says, how much system memory should I have free?

I have 512Mb of RAM in my system and I typically have around 150Mb free.

Is that typical or should I be thinking that I've got too many programs loading at startup?


  ACOLYTE 10:58 14 Nov 05

Its hard to say whats typical,as you say it depends what is starting with widows,if you have xp this is memory hungry so it will take what it can,but 150 left out of 512 sounds about right to me after boot.I usually have around 650 left out of 1gig after full boot.

  Red Devil 10:04 16 Nov 05

Cheers for that. I was concerned that I didn't have enough physical memory free as I've noticed a substantial drop in performance in my PC over the last couple of months. I thought that may be the reason why.

I AM considering upgrading from my Pentium 3 to a dual core AMD with twice to three times the system memory in the very near future but can't afford it right now.

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