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I have about USD$400 to spend, and I plan to use it to Sli my GTX 580, but I would like to know if it should be my top priority right now. I have been getting a few PC slowdowns, and I wonder if it is my RAM/CPU speed.

My CPU is at stock and usage is 20% max, while my 6Gb RAM usually runs at 30% idle, but sometimes reaches 80% as I run stuff like Autocad 2011 2D drafting, Google Chrome (20+tabs at once),Photoshop, Adobe Reader, sometimes all at once.

What are your suggested upgrades?
    
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Pop open Resource monitor every once and a while and look at RAM usage. Odds are you're at least running out of memory for standby usage...and with Photoshop probably paging to disk, though that depends on how heavy-hitting you are with images.
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post #3 of 8
You dont really need more ram, especially if you are not seeing close to 100% percent usage ever. That said, DDR3 ram is very cheap. The other day I saw 8GBs for less than $50 so if you want to get more ram, its not a big deal.
    
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Originally Posted by sloppyjoe123 View Post
I have about USD$400 to spend, and I plan to use it to Sli my GTX 580, but I would like to know if it should be my top priority right now. I have been getting a few PC slowdowns, and I wonder if it is my RAM/CPU speed.

My CPU is at stock and usage is 20% max, while my 6Gb RAM usually runs at 30% idle, but sometimes reaches 80% as I run stuff like Autocad 2011 2D drafting, Google Chrome (20+tabs at once),Photoshop, Adobe Reader, sometimes all at once.

What are your suggested upgrades?
Wow. I've never actually seen someone make 6GB of RAM worthwhile. I almost always recommend 4GB unless the person is into heavy gaming. 4GB vs 8GB makes no difference in day-to-day tasks, but I digress.

If your AutoCad + Windows is pulling 80%, then it may be time to make the jump to 8GB (or maybe even 12....). Check task manager to make sure that it is in fact this AutoCad doing all the pulling, though.
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I have yet to max my 6GB of ram and I do photoshop 3D rendering etc. But as stated above ram is cheap now. My advice add 6BG if you can find a another set of the stuff you all ready have.

Edit: I do pass the 4GB mark alot.
    
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Thanks for the inputs, but one question, does the number of monitors affect the amount of RAM used?
    
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Nope. Ram is software dependent only.
    
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Yeah, like above poster said number of monitors doesn't affect RAM. I'm guessing you run triple channel since you're at 6GB. If you feel like you're getting slowed down, you could upgrade with another 6GB since RAM is relatively cheap right now. However, you might want to try OC'ing your CPU since you're currently running it at stock. You'd probably get more performance out of your computer that way; besides, it's free (unless you need to buy a CPU cooler, but those can be had for <$50).
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