Originally Posted by Ryan Joseph
How do you like Parallels?
I love it, but yes, it devours memory. Many moons ago, I tried Vista and Mac OS on a Mac Pro with 1GB RAM and it was barely usable. On the contrary, XP and Mac OS was usable, but I was interested in getting Vista up and running instead. So, I upgraded to 3GB RAM recently, and now everything flies. I have 1GB allocated to the Vista VM, leaving (perhaps a slightly overkill) 2GB for Mac OS to do its thing.
Long story short, you'll want at least a system-wide 2GB RAM to do anything decent. It's worth noting that Parallels Desktop doesn't support any sort of 3D acceleration, so any 3D gaming or heavy-duty graphical tasks are best left for a Boot Camp installation. On a positive note, the Parallels team is working toward support for 3D acceleration in a future beta, so there's a good chance that you won't need Boot Camp in a few months time.
If you're still undecided, download the trial version (preferably the beta
) and play around for a few days.