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    Quote Originally Posted by gmonks View Post
    Yeah so fairly light work - well depending on how often you image machines!
    Not that often. 1GB connection both ends. I have a computer done within 10/20mins. I had a classroom done within a day. 1gb connections all around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newpersn View Post
    Not that often. 1GB connection both ends. I have a computer done within 10/20mins. I had a classroom done within a day. 1gb connections all around.
    Not that bad then, 1GB connection is good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgsmith View Post
    Just done the same when upgrading the parts in a few old machines.. when you can get a Pentium E5200 £12 each ebay and 2Gb DDR3 for £5.50 it's a no-brainer.

    We have a single Core i3 machine, with the remainder of the network being split across core 2/pentium 4 on a 75/25 ratio. We haven't had the luxury of recent IT expenditure so are left with 3-5 year old machines being some of the best in use (network client size approx 350).
    If the Core 2 PCs would go up to 4 GB RAM then DDR2 RAM is not too expensive, 4 GB is relatively cheap. A Core 2 laptop with 4 GB RAM and Windows 7 64-bit is really quite fast, one such laptop is my work laptop!

    We tend to upgrade RAM in our PCs during the middle of their lifetime, around 3-4 years old as we run our student desktops now for around 8 years. When RAM started to be really cheap earlier this year I did a blitz, making everything minimum 2 GB RAM, up to either the maximum that the motherboards could support, or what Windows 7 32-bit could support! Shame that some of our older desktop boards could only take 2 GB maximum really, oh well!

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    We have approx 90 Dell SX280's with 2GB comfortably running CS4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhoward_westexetc View Post
    If the Core 2 PCs would go up to 4 GB RAM then DDR2 RAM is not too expensive, 4 GB is relatively cheap. A Core 2 laptop with 4 GB RAM and Windows 7 64-bit is really quite fast, one such laptop is my work laptop!

    We tend to upgrade RAM in our PCs during the middle of their lifetime, around 3-4 years old as we run our student desktops now for around 8 years. When RAM started to be really cheap earlier this year I did a blitz, making everything minimum 2 GB RAM, up to either the maximum that the motherboards could support, or what Windows 7 32-bit could support! Shame that some of our older desktop boards could only take 2 GB maximum really, oh well!
    I'd have to disagree there (but only slightly). DDRII RAM prices have skyrocketed recently compared to DDRIII. For instance at Scan you would pay £20 for a pretty average 2GB stick of DDRII 800 RAM, for DDRIII a 'performance' RAM would be £15 for a 4GB stick. It's getting to the point where I am seriously looking at upgrading a couple of motherboards/processors so I can pig-out on DDRII prices and speeds rather than paying a premium to buy ore DDRII.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    I'd have to disagree there (but only slightly). DDRII RAM prices have skyrocketed recently compared to DDRIII. For instance at Scan you would pay £20 for a pretty average 2GB stick of DDRII 800 RAM, for DDRIII a 'performance' RAM would be £15 for a 4GB stick. It's getting to the point where I am seriously looking at upgrading a couple of motherboards/processors so I can pig-out on DDRII prices and speeds rather than paying a premium to buy ore DDRII.
    You mean pig out on DDR3 I assume?

    I don't recall a time when 4 GB of DDR2 (2 x 2GB) was less than £35 myself, unless I missed something?!!

    But I agree DDR3 is now so insanely cheap (£29 for 8 GB DDR3, 2 x 4 GB), much more so than DDR2 presumably because DDR2 isn't produced in as great volume any more, that I am starting to think about whether we can pig out on DDR3. But I cannot do that really until I can get 64-bit Windows 7 live very shortly, as our DDR3 PCs are already maxed out to the 4 GB limit that Windows 7 32-bit has!

    Sadly, a lot of our stock is still DDR2-based, though a sizeable proportion of it is due for replacement in the next couple of years as EOL.

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    DDRII was at the same levels as DDRIII currently is early last year IIRC. Since then the price has started to rise rapidly.
    I have to admit it has actually dropped a bit as DDRII was a bit higher in spring. I shouldn't really complain though as I recall paying over £100 for a 128MB PC100 stick 'back in the day'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    DDRII was at the same levels as DDRIII currently is early last year IIRC. Since then the price has started to rise rapidly.
    I have to admit it has actually dropped a bit as DDRII was a bit higher in spring. I shouldn't really complain though as I recall paying over £100 for a 128MB PC100 stick 'back in the day'.
    Think it fluctuated a bit. I doubt that DDR2 will drop any more in price though as the trend seems to be DDR3 - then there's DDR4.

    PC100 and PC133 - that takes me back!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by here_hare_here View Post
    We have approx 90 Dell SX280's with 2GB comfortably running CS4.
    Our P4s with 2GB RAM run CS5.5. Not quick but usable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    It was £12.99 for 4GB DDR2 RAM on 24/12/2008. That was the day I bought 8GB.



    IIRC, DDR2 remained really cheap during the first half of 2009 too.
    I missed that one! Darn! Would've been nice to have pigged out on DDR2 for our site then!

    Oh well, can't turn the clock back eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhoward_westexetc View Post
    I don't recall a time when 4 GB of DDR2 (2 x 2GB) was less than £35 myself, unless I missed something?!!
    It was £12.99 for 4GB DDR2 RAM on 24/12/2008. That was the day I bought 8GB.



    IIRC, DDR2 remained really cheap during the first half of 2009 too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhoward_westexetc View Post
    Would've been nice to have pigged out on DDR2 for our site then!
    At least we can pig out on DDR3 now. It will probably start getting more expensive over the next couple of years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    At least we can pig out on DDR3 now. It will probably start getting more expensive over the next couple of years.
    Yeah, I have some pig out plans already! Just involves getting Windows 7 64-bit going fully on our network....
    Shame it would involve re-imaging our Staff Laptops to 64-bit though.

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    No trouble with CS4 and 2GB RAM here on Core2Duo E8400s. CPU and RAM are fine for pretty much any Core2Duo system, it's the HDDs that bog things down...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gshaw View Post
    No trouble with CS4 and 2GB RAM here on Core2Duo E8400s. CPU and RAM are fine for pretty much any Core2Duo system, it's the HDDs that bog things down...
    That's why I am becoming a big fan of SSDs.....

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