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Advice wanted on how I can lower my memory usage. Whole system slowed down. BF3 unplayable.

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Hey guys,
For some time now I've been just putting up with the large amount of memory my system uses and the four to five minute start up time, but with games like BF3 out that are almost unplayable for me now because of the large memory usage of the game partnered with my current memory usage.

Here's a pic of my Processes tab - 75-80 processes is quite substantial isn't it? (without chrome it'd be a bit over 60)
524

Here's a pic of my Performance tab
700

When I'm playing BF3 all of those around almost all the way up. I think this is the reason I can't play it properly, because I can have my ping around 40 and my graphics on low and i still get this stuttery lag.
I'll also note it hasn't always been like this, after Karkand came out I was rejoicing at how I wasn't experiencing any issues while playing the new maps, but after about a month all these performance issues have arisen again.

I know obviously a cure would be to get more RAM, but I'm trying to see whether there's something I'm doing wrong, because the other big issue is how slow my startup is. I've gone through my startup processes and gotten rid of the ones that I don't need and I've many a time culled off my startup programs etc. yet I'm still getting issues.
There's always 10-15 svchost.exe processes open as well and I have no idea why that many would be open. Any ideas people?
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More ram, its cheap.
    
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More ram, its cheap.

I'm thinking that's the way i'll have to go. But will i need to get the exact same RAM brand and model I have now?
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More ram, its cheap.

this.

for now, do a fresh install of windows, transferring only the programs you use regularly. if you don't want to go through with this, then go to services.exe and disable all non-essential services.
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i agree more ram.. say another 4GB as mentioned it is cheap at the moment.. im not sure exactly which process running you dont need in that respect smile.gif
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I'm thinking that's the way i'll have to go. But will i need to get the exact same RAM brand and model I have now?

no. if you have empty DIMM slots, you can use whatever brand you want. it would be wise to use the same speed ram, though, because otherwise they all default to the lower speed.
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no. if you have empty DIMM slots, you can use whatever brand you want. it would be wise to use the same speed ram, though, because otherwise they all default to the lower speed.

Okay thanks, because I recall when I upgraded RAM last time I insterted the new RAM in the first slots and then the old RAM in the secondary slots and my computer wouldn't boot. Removing the old RAM fixed it.
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I'd run about 30 processes with antivirus, plus a few performance programs on top of that [Process Lasso, Tune-up Utilities]. [GameBoost... not so good]

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Format HDD and reinstall OS.
next time dont install the crap that you see from internet ads, they could be full of adware / malware

the average windows 7 clean install with antivirus only uses 45 or less processes
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While I would get the 4GB extra no matter what, I just want to throw in the possibility of dust/overheating, and stuff like that. I don't know how often you check that out, but just an option.

But yes, RAM is most likely the problem, and a nice and cheap upgrade.
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