Hi, sorry I know just a little more about Ethereum than I need to in order to get it running.
I am running Mist 1.7.2.
I let myself de-sync for a week and upon running the mist client / geth again, I've been going for 40 hours with 4 gb of ram usage with no end in sight.
My understanding is that starting a fresh install in --fast (also --light?) mode yields large time savings, but after that you are running as if you were a full node, which is sustainable as long as you don't fall behind (if you call 70 GB+ on an SSD sustainable).
It seems to me that for a hobby grade miner, there is a breakpoint where it would be faster to just delete your chaindata than it would be to try to sync after a lapse.
Am I accurate in this? Is there anything coming down the pike in ethereum development that will change this situation?