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Windows 7: How Much RAM Should I Have?

06 Aug 2010   #41
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would have to agree - going beyond 4GBs of RAM will probably not do much for you. More RAM may be used for additional caching depending on the type of program you will be running - and that increases performance. But for gaming, a decent graphics card will probably do you more good.


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06 Aug 2010   #42
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

8GB of RAM will only help you in certain situations.

1. Running multiple Virtual Machines
2. Heavy Video Encoding work (Primarily HD content)

Even then, it likely will not use all of it. I do alot of heavy HD encoding and typically can reach around 5.5GB of use with 8GB installed. But thats also with many other things going on at the same time.

3. Some of the more heavy Photoshop work and 3D rendering.

Although it will help slightly doing these type of things, 4GB would still be sufficent IMO. 8GB will only be useful is you do these types of things very often.

As stated already, as far as Gaming & amount of RAM is concerned, 8GB is simply too much. 4GB is plenty (At least at this point)


So as many have stated, and I too agree:
For 90% of everyone 4GB of physical RAM is more than enough.
The rest that can make use of it will see the benefits, but could get by with out as well.

Also remember, More RAM (4x2GB) puts more of a strain on the system, Or more heat. many may not see this a issue, but something to think about none-the-less.
Especially if you really do not need all that extra RAM.

For gaming, your better off getting a good set of 2x2GB RAM, and put that money youd save from that second set towards a better GPU,CPU,SSD for the OS, or a better Power Supply (if needed for the GPU) even. You'll see far better results.
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06 Aug 2010   #43
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thorsen View Post
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)
Almost willing to bet that he actually has DDR2 800. Danielzxzx in Speccy click on RAM and post a screen shot of it please.
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06 Aug 2010   #44
Danielzxzx

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Ok here is the pictures. I had to make 2 pictures to get all the info.


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06 Aug 2010   #45
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Yep, DDR2 800 RAM. I stand by what I said before. Go for a new video card.
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06 Aug 2010   #46
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
Yep, DDR2 800 RAM. I stand by what I said before. Go for a new video card.
How come I do not see DDR2 800. I see DDR2 400 with a high CAS latency.
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06 Aug 2010   #47
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
Yep, DDR2 800 RAM. I stand by what I said before. Go for a new video card.
This would be your best choice. More ram will not improve how fast the onboard video works, only a video card can help with that. The one good thing is that if you do decide to go to 4 GB for example you should only need to get a similar spec'ed 2 GB stick to go with the one you already have.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
How come I do not see DDR2 800. I see DDR2 400 with a high CAS latency.
Because you're forgetting the double in DDR. If it helps any Speccy shows mine the exact same way and I know for a fact that it is DDR2 800 in mine.

What would be interesting is if those 2 sticks (1 GB and 2 GB) will work in dual channel mode if put in the proper slots (usually 1-2/3-4 or 1-3/2-4).
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06 Aug 2010   #48
Danielzxzx

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

ok so is there any way to find out which graphics card is compatible?
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06 Aug 2010   #49
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Danielzxzx View Post
ok so is there any way to find out which graphics card is compatible?
There is usually no big problem with the compatibility. You need a PCI Express 2.0x16 (or 2.1x16) and the proper space in the box. It is more a matte of price and whether your PSU has enough power.
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06 Aug 2010   #50
Danielzxzx

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Ok, I will look for a graphics card that is not too expensive and when I found one, I'll tell you and see if it is good enough.
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