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Grisly for modern apps. Fortunately, found only in older computers. 16MB would be okay for e-mail, and some Web browsing, but would be slow to impossible using modern versions of the popular operating systems.
Commonly considered the bare minimum for running a modern MacOS. It's passable for most modern apps, but not tremendous. It gives you some headroom, allowing you to run one large, demanding app, or several smaller apps at once (such as word processors, e-mail programs, Web browsers, etc.)
Generally, the default amount when buying a new computer, 64MB allows you to run some pretty heavy stuff, like Adobe Photoshop, as well as several apps at once.
128MB and above
Sweet! Run several large apps at once, switch between graphics software and movie software with ease.
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