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What happens when i run out of ram?

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usually when i play SC2 i have firefox, itunes, skype, aim, and TS

and i only have 4GB of ram and it shows i'm using almost all off it but 50mb or something. what happens when i run out?
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Its called a page file.

Pretty much improvised RAM on your hard drive/SSD.
    
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you'll start feeling your experience becoming a LOT more sluggish due to memory swapping.

When you start running low on memory, your O/S will start to "swap" memory by writing those programs that are less used to HDD, until you request for them. Your system performance will see a nosedive because HDD is the slowest parts of your system.
    
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post #5 of 10
Your cmoputer will start writting on the swap file, which emulate memory. Of course, since a hard drive is way slower than memory, you comp will become very slow.
post #6 of 10
Turn some crap off! or get more ram also check you swap file size. You must be a great multi-tasker.
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Your computer will also be using more power after you've filled up your RAM.
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post #8 of 10
your computer will be very very very sluggish~
I tried running Sony Vegas on 2GB of RAM before I upgraded to my current 12GB

it was hell and I could only just leave my machine running not being able to multitask while rendering
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Originally Posted by Darksoul844 View Post
usually when i play SC2 i have firefox, itunes, skype, aim, and TS

and i only have 4GB of ram and it shows i'm using almost all off it but 50mb or something. what happens when i run out?
People still use aim?
post #10 of 10
As stated, system will use virtual memory.
If you have this/page file turned off, the system will either start killing off processes to compensate or lock up/bsod/keel-over-and-die
Edited by beers - 10/13/11 at 5:23am
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