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Hi, I have 2gb of ram and I often find that my computer stalls out/hangs when I play games and alt-tab to skype or other things. When I do play games my ram is generally about 80-94% occupied. Since it isn't entirely being used up would I benefit more from another 2gb of ram or a SSD with all of my important applications (smaller games/browser/windows) on it in terms of multitasking? I really just want to get rid of the hang times and general chunkiness of the OS. My motherboard doesn't support ddr3, so I can only upgrade to 4gb for about 60$ because ddr2 prices are retarded. Otherwise I can get a 32gb SSD for about 70$. Thanks in advance!
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If you can only get a 32gb ssd, id say get more ram
    
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SSD won't be any help there. Your hdd is currently filling your ram up so filling it faster won't make a difference.
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RAM. Having only 2 GB when windows+background stuff can eat 1 GB+ alone is not recommended. Plus 4 GB RAM would be cheaper than a 32 GB SSD
   
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Is the lack of ram the reason my system keeps getting hanged up? Will 4gb stop it from doing this?
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Have you searched in the Overclock Marketplace for ddr2? Bet ya find some that match cheaper then that thumb.gif
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Is the lack of ram the reason my system keeps getting hanged up? Will 4gb stop it from doing this?

Yes. If the ram is full, the computer will become unresponsive.

4gb should be fine for most.
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post #8 of 24
Both will help.
In this instance more ram would likely help to a higher degree

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post #9 of 24
Get more RAM. If your RAM is running at its max, it starts to swap pages between the pagefile and RAM as things are needed, so it slows your system down. 4GB is more than enough for gaming.
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For gaming, an SSD is really only going to help with load times, and any situation where lots of data is loaded on the fly like in Fallout 3. Games primarily use system RAM for their resources, so improving that part of your system is probably the best bang for the buck. It should be noted though that I get stuttering in games like Fallout 3 or STALKER even with an SSD and adequate RAM, so you can't discount that some issues are tied to the game itself.
    
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