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I have 8GB of it, mostly because its dirt cheap and I do know it allows for higher texture settings in game, reduces load times etc.

But how much of a game is loaded into the memory? Everything? Just textures?

Also, does more RAM help with handling larger player counts in games? Or is that more on the side of the processors job?

basically, what does memory do for gaming?
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textures load into gpu. The 8GB is for the storage of programs that are running. hence the
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been wondering this myself,

although, I have heard that only 4 gigs is really needed
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system ram doesnt allow more textures, thats what the gpu ram is for. system ram loads the OS, programs u open.
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system ram doesnt allow more textures, thats what the gpu ram is for. system ram loads the OS, programs u open.
This ^^
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Simply put it holds the processes whilst your CPU works on them. More multi tasking you do the more RAM you will obviously need.
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so the memory loads the games files. and the more memory you have, the more files the memory can hold at any one time.
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4gb is enough for gaming, Ive tested a few games and never used more than 3gb on a win7 system. more than 4gb is good if you're using virtual machines or hosting a server
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Please don't take this like I'm some jerk giving you a 'let me google that for you' link, this site is actually extremely informative and has helped me with this stuff quite often.

http://computer.howstuffworks.com/ram.htm

Also, if you're looking for a semi-in depth explanation,

book is amazing!
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so the memory loads the games files. and the more memory you have, the more files the memory can hold at any one time.
no, a game is usually 500mb-1.5gb depending on the game. no game can really be bigger than 2gb running on ram, its jsut the way they are made at the moment.

and yes the more ram, the more programs can be loaded on it, but u will never used 8gb by just loading normal programs on it.
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