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Windows 7: How Much RAM Should I Have?

04 Aug 2010   #11
Danielzxzx

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

I looked at the link but did not read much in it. How do I find out how much RAM my computer can have?


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04 Aug 2010   #12
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

The graphics that you have is an integrated Graphics chip. your best bet for increasing performance is gonna be getting a dedicated graphics card. As for the Ram, I am having trouble finding a compatible stick. I think any PC2-3200 Ram will work, but it says single channel, so I want to make sure.

EDIT:I don't want you to mess up your system trying to add incompatible ram!

Also, Motherboards can only support so much RAM your board should support 4GB of RAM, but Im having trouble finding any Motherboard info online.

Still. your best upgrade right now would be getting a dedicated graphics card.

Edit: As for that ^^^ you still need to know what your motherboard can use. found better info
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04 Aug 2010   #13
Danielzxzx

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

so a better graphics cards will increase graphics AND performance or just graphics?
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04 Aug 2010   #14
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Acer Motherboard RS780HVF


Please see below for the Memory ( RAM ) upgrade options available for the Acer Motherboard RS780HVF.


Memory Details for the Acer Motherboard RS780HVF

Standard Memory :0MB (Removable) Maximum Memory :8GB Total Memory Slots :4 Memory Type DR2 PC2-5300 (667MHz) DIMM Notes :
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04 Aug 2010   #15
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Your performance issue is your video card. that will increase your ability to increase the resolution and the quality in the game and the game will play at normal speeds rather than slowing down when you try to play. Integrated video cards and gaming do not go well together.
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04 Aug 2010   #16
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

a little. because the chip is integrated, the 512 memory its using is from your 3GB of ram. the chip is using a chunk of it. A dedicated card would allow you to run the graphics without needing to use the 512m of RAM that the chip is using. I can't say what is the best card for your case though. I don't have enough info. I am also not there looking at it to really tell you.

From info I have found, you should be able to use 8GB of RAM. so you could upgrade that. But I cant find your PCI slot type which is important. If you can take it to a computer shop, they can open it up and tell you what kind of slot you have and what kind of card you can use. Thats my best advice for now. I don't know how to find out more info. This Acer mobo has no info online. like none at all.....
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04 Aug 2010   #17
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Also, keep in mind that your computer probably has a small power supply (250-300w) which is probably adequate for what you currently have in the box...but if you plan to add a nice higher end card...you are most likely going to be looking at upgrading your power supply as well.
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04 Aug 2010   #18
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

As for what Doc said, you can use 667mhz RAM, but with RAM if you have 400mhz RAM already installed, running both will set all to the lower speed. I didn't know you could use PC2-5300 (667mhz)... the info I saw from your specs is that you are currently using PC2-3200 (399mhz)
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04 Aug 2010   #19
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

If you upgrade you RAM, it would probably be best just o get a 2x2 kit (4GB) and get rid of what you currently have. Rather than trying to find a match, or mix & match RAM.


However, as others have already suggested.... and I too agree.

Adding more RAM will likely not help gaming performance.

4GB is the sweet spot for 7, but with 3Gb you should be fine. Also, with a dedicated graphics card, you will have the full use of your 3GB, so you'll gain 256MB of useable RAM.

The most noticable improvement will be getting a dedicated Graphics Card and disabling the onboard.
But you may need to look into a bigger Power Supply as well.

After you get the GPU and Power Supply upgraded, you should see a significant improvement in games.

After that, then worry about upgrading to 4GB of RAM if you still want to.

That would be my suggestion if the purpose here is for games to play better.
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04 Aug 2010   #20
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Scan your system with this tool ( RAM Memory Upgrade: Dell, Mac, Apple, HP, Compaq. USB drives, flash cards, SSD at Crucial.com ) Then you will know what your options are and how much it will cost. Installing RAM is easy - we'll discuss that later.


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