[R] Best Hardware & OS For Large Data Sets

J. Daniel jdlecy at gmail.com
Sat Feb 27 18:47:16 CET 2010


I am acquiring a new computer in order to conduct data analysis.  I
currently have a 32-bit Vista OS with 3G of RAM and I consistently run into
memory allocation problems.  I will likely be required to run Windows 7 on
the new system, but have flexibility as far as hardware goes.  Can people
recommend the best hardware to minimize memory allocation problems?  I am
leaning towards dual core on a 64-bit system with 8G of RAM.  Given the
Windows constraint, is there anything I am missing here?

I know that Windows limits the RAM that a single application can access. 
Does this fact over-ride many hardware considerations?  Any way around this?



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