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Windows 7: possibly senseless upgrade, can I take advantage of it?

23 Feb 2010   #1
jorpe

7600x64 ultimate, not SP1
 
 
possibly senseless upgrade, can I take advantage of it?

For one reason or another (read:ridiculous combo deal) I ended up with 12GB of RAM on my main computer. Is there any way to really take advantage of this for most daily computing tasks?


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23 Feb 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

On a regular basis I doubt if you will use all that ram. If you are into games, multitasking and other high usage programs. It may be used ocassionally. I for one have 6gb and have never come near using all my RAM.
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23 Feb 2010   #3
jorpe

7600x64 ultimate, not SP1
 
 

from a tweaking/optimizing standpoint is there anything I can change or enable to take advantage of nearly endless extra RAM which it seems I now have?
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23 Feb 2010   #4
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

There's not much to change...

I have 4GB and rarely ever use more than 2. Right now I am using 0.8.
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23 Feb 2010   #5
HerrKaLeun

W7 Pro 64
 
 

unless you screwed up superfetch, W7 natively takes advantage of all the RAM. I assume you have 64-bit. with 32-bit obvioulsy it won't use more than 3.2 GB.

I think if you use Revit MEP or os, 8 GB is recommended and 12 GB probably fine. but for everyday user,it won't matter. the HDD is more a bottleneck. an SSD really speeds things up. But with superfetch and 12 GB, it already should be OK.

for new PCs with quadcore (assuming you actually use it) 8 GB is recommended, so 12 GB is not such a waste of money if you got a good deal.
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23 Feb 2010   #6
Nemix

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

If you can, return 6GB. You will not make use of all 12GB on daily tasks, 6GB is plenty for Windows 7 64-Bit.

Else sell it on eBay or give it to someone that's close to you a good friend, girl friend or good relative.

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23 Feb 2010   #7
jorpe

7600x64 ultimate, not SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HerrKaLeun View Post
unless you screwed up superfetch, W7 natively takes advantage of all the RAM. I assume you have 64-bit. with 32-bit obvioulsy it won't use more than 3.2 GB.

I think if you use Revit MEP or os, 8 GB is recommended and 12 GB probably fine. but for everyday user,it won't matter. the HDD is more a bottleneck. an SSD really speeds things up. But with superfetch and 12 GB, it already should be OK.

for new PCs with quadcore (assuming you actually use it) 8 GB is recommended, so 12 GB is not such a waste of money if you got a good deal.
I've never messed with superfetch or anything, so I'm not sure if I somehow messed it up or what. The computer is insanely fast now, but when I do splurge on an SSD I bet it will be amazing.

I've already separated the OS and programs from the rest of my data. I'm not really sure that made any difference whatsoever except from an organizing standpoint.
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23 Feb 2010   #8
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

With that much RAM, you can run lots of virtual machines
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23 Feb 2010   #9
Nemix

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Good idea!

Windows 7 as main, Ubuntu on the left, Fedora on the right and XP minimized...

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23 Feb 2010   #10
valtonray

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

12 GB of ram is overkill for most users however you will benefit from it everyday. your multitasking won't slow the computer nearly as much, and it'll generally be a more responsive machine. of course you probably have a bottle neck elsewhere in your system but if nothing else you've always got a few GB to spare for another PC.
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