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Windows 7: Should I upgrade my RAM?

30 Dec 2009   #1

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Should I upgrade my RAM?

I currently have 4gb of memory and am wondering if I should be making an upgrade to 8gb? Since 6gb will cause me to lose 1 channel? (3 x 2gb ddr2)

Not sure why but I have 500+ mb reserved for hardware as well?

ps: how can I link the pictures?

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30 Dec 2009   #2

Vista Ult64, Win7600

Hi, try this way.
How to post a screenshot.
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30 Dec 2009   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

I see no reason for more memory unless you can document that you are using all you currently have--how often does that happen for you? Every minute? Once a day? 5 times a year?
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30 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 | Windows XP Pro x86 | Windows Vista Ultimate x86

The hardware reserved memory is for the video card.
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30 Dec 2009   #5


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rivers View Post
I currently have 4gb of memory and am wondering if I should be making an upgrade to 8gb?

It depends on your needs. For general, everyday tasks, then no you don't need to go to 8GB.

If you run a VM's, mount a lot of ISO's, photoshop etc , then yes 8GB is a good idea.


Are you running x32 or x64?
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30 Dec 2009   #6

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Looking at the specs, I do not think that you need more memory, now.
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30 Dec 2009   #7

Vista Ult64, Win7600

Here are my two pics compared to yours, just out of interest.
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Should I upgrade my RAM?-mem2.png

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30 Dec 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

Depends on your motherboard/system. Some have maximum RAM usabled. Do spec search of your system, and see what the max RAM is. You don't want to be spending money for no good.
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30 Dec 2009   #9

Windows 7 X64

judging by the screen caps it appears you are running a 32 bit OS thus putting more in will be pointless as the 32 bit OS wont use more than 3.25gbs (roughly idk the exact number). to use more than that you will need a 64 bit OS.
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30 Dec 2009   #10

windows 7

Its a 64 bit system guys.. and my mobo will support up to 8gb, it happens at least once a day a I have a small PostGres database running.
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