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Windows 7: How Much RAM Should I Have?

04 Aug 2010   #21
Danielzxzx

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

So which dedicated graphics card will work on my computer?


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05 Aug 2010   #22
Danielzxzx

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

new question: It looks like my computer can hold up to a total of 8GB. I found a compatible package to get 8GB of RAM. I do think 8GB of RAM will make a difference from 3GB. Will it? Will it increase the performance of games?
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05 Aug 2010   #23
Little Darwin

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Danielzxzx View Post
new question: It looks like my computer can hold up to a total of 8GB. I found a compatible package to get 8GB of RAM. I do think 8GB of RAM will make a difference from 3GB. Will it? Will it increase the performance of games?
As others have stated, it may not help.

I don't game much, but I upgraded my system from 2GB to 4GB, and I use less than 1.6GB of memory. So in effect, the 2GB I added is ALMOST ALWAYS sitting there doing nothing.

Upgrading the video will:

1) Give you better performance for video

2) Free up a little available RAM

3) Free up CPU cycles slightly, since some video functions will be performed by the GPU on the card instead of your CPU

Even a modest video card (like an ATI Radeon 43xx) will definitely give you some improvement, going higher end (if possible with your power supply) will provide even better improvements.

Extra memory can decrease paging etc, but at 3GB you have a reasonable amount of RAM already. More might help a little, but no guarantees...
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05 Aug 2010   #24
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
the 2GB I added is ALMOST ALWAYS sitting there doing nothing.
That is not so. It is used for caching and that speeds up the system considerably. Have a look in Resource Monitor > Memory tab. The dark blue is the cached part.
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05 Aug 2010   #25
Little Darwin

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
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the 2GB I added is ALMOST ALWAYS sitting there doing nothing.
That is not so. It is used for caching and that speeds up the system considerably. Have a look in Resource Monitor > Memory tab. The dark blue is the cached part.
I love learning something every day... I'll have to check this when I get home.
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05 Aug 2010   #26
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Little Darwin View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
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the 2GB I added is ALMOST ALWAYS sitting there doing nothing.
That is not so. It is used for caching and that speeds up the system considerably. Have a look in Resource Monitor > Memory tab. The dark blue is the cached part.
I love learning something every day... I'll have to check this when I get home.
Check the Resource Manager after you boot, and then check again after you ran the system for a couple of hours. Let me know what you saw.

Ideally you will see something like this = all RAM is used:
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05 Aug 2010   #27
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Danielzxzx View Post
new question: It looks like my computer can hold up to a total of 8GB. I found a compatible package to get 8GB of RAM. I do think 8GB of RAM will make a difference from 3GB. Will it? Will it increase the performance of games?
My system routinely uses 4-5GB (have 3GB free of my 8GB) when I am playing some games, like Just Cause 2, Borderlands, and Crysis.

If you don't upgrade your video card and your PSU, then the extra ram may not benefit you.
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05 Aug 2010   #28
Danielzxzx

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

How do I get to the resource manager?
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05 Aug 2010   #29
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

E.g. via Task Manager > Performance tab. There is a button. Btw: My bad, the exact name is Resource Monitor - you can also put it into the start/search field.
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05 Aug 2010   #30
Danielzxzx

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Well it seems to be balanced. I have more gray than you though. Wehn I have a game launched it kind of goes out of balance. There is 2MB of free as average. If I play a wii game on my dolphin emulator it goes to 0MB of free and the game kind of lags. So that is what it is. If you want to see a picture I don't know how to put pictures in this forum so you would have to tell me.
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