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I have 4 gb right now running on 64 bit but while running just BF 3 and pandora it says I'm using usually around 3.4 gb. Based on my memory usage should I upgrade to 8 gb of ram or will I be okay with 4 gb?
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post #2 of 11
Sure, why not?


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More memory may indeed be useful. BF3 is quite memory hungry, and if you do any real multitasking, 4GiB is not likely to be ideal.
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post #4 of 11
At the price of ram now go for it!
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post #5 of 11
i recently noticed i was not useing 100% of my vid card in bf3. almost half actuly in bf3. but i used all but 300mb of ram. had 2x2gb of 1066.. i upgraded to 8gb of 1333 ddr3, now i max my gpu out and dont have any stutter at all and if i have to alt esc out to do something it is very snappy as before i would lag bad. so yeah i really would suggest getting the 8gb or more. it is worth it.
post #6 of 11
With a typical 1600 2x4GB kit floating 40, no reason not to upgrade. I'm sure BF 3 would appreciate the extra 4GB of ram
post #7 of 11
Depends on your background programs. BF3 runs fine on 4 GB as long as you don't run Steam, Xfire, Skype, Messenger, Origin, anti virus and Chrome at the same time. It's easy to see a RAM bottleneck. Once you run out of RAM, the PC will use the page file which makes the game stutter and will make your PC seem unresponsive. If you even ask this question, no you don't NEED it.

Main change you'll see is that you can run anything you want and still alt-tab instantly. Really, that's the main difference I saw. I can alt-tab without waiting for my PC to access the HDD. Other than that, I no longer have to care about my RAM usage, I can actually run all my gaming services while playing BF3.
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post #8 of 11
Go for it! I think bf3 need a little bit more than 4gb.
I got my 8gb kit today. I installed it with the 4gb that i was using, so 12gb total. In bf3, it was using around 3.4gb out of 4gb like you and now it use 4.5gb out of 12gb. It's much more smooth now, definitely worth it and they are soo cheap.
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post #9 of 11
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Thanks everyone, convinced me to pick up an 8GB off of amazon for $45!
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Originally Posted by B!0HaZard View Post

the PC will use the page file which makes the game stutter and will make your PC seem unresponsive.
I guess that explains what happens sometimes when I play BF3 and pandora, thanks solved my problem.
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Originally Posted by generalsnake View Post

Thanks everyone, convinced me to pick up an 8GB off of amazon for $45!
I guess that explains what happens sometimes when I play BF3 and pandora, thanks solved my problem.

If it only happens when using Pandora and not when just playing BF3 then yes, it's most likely the reason.
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