I use mine with MP3 + Satnav running, my basic bootup (no nlite, did it by hand in reverse) runs at around 44MB, upto 80-90MB with centrafuse running. I'm not using swap space at all on this setup.Originally Posted by Lum
More memory means more memory to load on hibernation resume, however if you use an Opus/standby you bypass that problem entirely and 512MB is no longer an issue.
If you want to keep the CPU cycles down try encoding in MPEG2 or MPEG1, depending on how many films you have. On my old Epia 800 board (with no MPEG2 acceleration!) to have everything running sweetly all at the same time I had to encode down to MPEG1... yuk!
To be honest if you're worried about it go for 512MB, if you are using hibernation the biggest ball ache is waiting for the bios, the extra 256MB is going to add a second-ish to your resume, imho and if it makes the 'running' system work better for you it might be an extra second wait.