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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 7:41 am    Post subject: PC Virtualization: RAM Needs? Reply with quote

My father in law got his first iMac and now wants to run Parallels or Fusion on it. He'll mainly be using it for Quicken, Office and LIGHT Photoshop work. There's plenty of Parallels vs. Fusion info on this site so I'll get reading up on that, but whichever he uses, he's wondering how much RAM to get to make things run smoothly. Should he go straight to 4GB just to be safe or would the 2GB that came with his refurb (surprise! yay refurbs!) suffice?

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have had no difficulty (or slowdowns) running Parallels on my iMac or Fusion on my mini, both of which have 2gb RAM. But I don't tend to run a lot of applications simultaneously and I'm in the habit of quitting applications I'm not using. If your father-in-law is like me, I'm sure 2gb will be sufficient. And since he already has the 2 gigs installed, I suggest he try with this and only upgrade if he finds things slow.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Basically I agree with Fox, 2GB is fine. It will depend to some extent on what you want to do in the VM. I have a very fast XP VM set with 680MB memory and one core. It doesn't impact on my OSX desktop use with one exception - running photoshop. Because I do web work I sometimes need to have photoshop running and 2 x VMs running IE. 2Gb was insufficient for that, the blame most likely lies with photoshop.

Give 2GB a go. If he gets spinning beachballs set up activity monitor or menu meters to see what the cause is and decide what to do from there.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like Parallels.

Don't get me wrong i have fusion as well but it doesn't have a nice driver intergration.
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