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post #31 of 50
4GB RAM bottlenecked me with Winamp, WoW, Google Chrome (several tabs), FireFox and some other things running I forget.
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I'm going to put 8gigs of my Ripjaws X on Hard Six. New shooter coming out!
    
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I go up to 5GB playing BF3
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I've never seen my RAM hit 4GB however it does get really close when I game some newer titles.

I would get 8GB if I were you. The difference in price would say your best bet is to buy 8GB.
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post #35 of 50
0 probs 4gigs, unused ram is wasted ram.
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post #36 of 50
im a bad judge here, Not much of a Gambler either

all my games are still DX9 and older.

But, I ran 2GB of ram for a very long time, DDR1, Ran Half Life Source games no issue, and MMO's were generally fine, this also ran Crysis just fine

MMO's had the most need for ram, having many characters on screen, each with there own data. Switching to 3 GB of ram (yes it was on my i7) shows OBVIOUS gain in performance, but When running my i7 with 2 GB of Ram on the same MMO, I would notice similar choppy slow down after Hour of Gameplay with 100+ players on screen.

As compared to when I ran the same system with 3GB ram, I noticed that Game play was dfefinitely enhanced after hours of game play running at the time the 8800 GTS 640mb.

I ran however, these same games and tested 2gb vs 3gb with 8800GTS 640mb with GTX 275 GPU, and Behold!! The GPU make way more dif than the ram, who knew lol

Anyway, once going to 6GB any and all issues I ever had with any gaming ceased to exist.

Since the price is right anyway, just get 2x4GB Kit , any speed will do as we Overclock here, who wants XMP Anyway?
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post #37 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jarobata View Post
I go up to 5GB playing BF3
Really? I was just playing for about 2 hours and it seemed to hover between 1.8-2.2GB of usage. Or is that 5GB in use total?

Kinda off topic, but I will say that Windows will eat every ounce of RAM you throw at it. Even off a completely fresh install of Win7 my system idles at around 20-30% RAM usage, which equates to 3-4 gigs of RAM. When I had 24 gigs installed it was idling around 4-6, although that may have been due to my motherboard BIOS not handling that amount properly (still need to do a BIOS update).

And maybe it was just a placebo, but as smooth as Windows was when I had 6 gigs installed the system felt snappier even just navigating the desktop once I installed 16 gigs.
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jackpot!
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post #39 of 50
I think that for now if you are building new or upgrading, 6 GB should be the amount to strive for for 3 channels and 8 GB for 2 or 4 channels system.
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Originally Posted by Zcypot View Post
0 probs 4gigs, unused ram is wasted ram.
not really. modern OS such as windows 7 and windows vista caches program in RAM so they'll open faster if you have slow HDD. i've notice a nice increase in responsiveness moving from 4 GB to 8 GB
also if you have video cards that have large amount of VRAM, it's recommended that you have ample system RAM to back it up. for example if you have a GTX 580 3 GB you should have more or less 8 GB of system ram. (8-3=5 which is barely enough)
Edited by james8 - 11/7/11 at 7:13pm
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post #40 of 50
4GB is enough but 8GB and over is better for headroom for the future.
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