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When I overhauled my PC I got 16GB of memory and the mot I have used is around 5GB at one time. Now everyone keeps telling me its a waste, but switching between things and minimizing games is instantaneous and I give my overabundance of memory the credit for it.

Now my laptop only has 4gb, but for $40 I can get 8GB total, so I was thinking is my thinking above incorrect, or is the memory boosting the speed and responsiveness of my PC?
Edited by Infinitegrim - 4/12/12 at 8:30am
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If you are only topping out at 5gb of usage 8gb would be more than enough. The snappyness is placebo i think unless you were running 4gb before.
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Originally Posted by Infinitegrim View Post

When I overhauled my PC I got 16GB of memory and the mot I have used is around 5GB at one time. Now everyone keeps telling me its a waste, but switching between things and minimizing games is instantaneous and I give my overabundance of memory the credit for it.
Now my laptop only has 4gb, but for $40 I can get 8GB total, so I was thinking is my thinking above incorrect, or is the memory boosting the speed and responsiveness of my PC?

I think the performance you're experiencing on your desktop with 16GB is likely not do to the quantity of memory you have - more so the benefit of running modern hardware.

That said, If you don't mind spending the money, I'd upgrade the laptop to 8GB in a heartbeat.

in my mind, 8GB is the high end, non ridiculous, target for any performance enthusiast. 16GB in a 4 x 4 configuration is just extra strain on the memory controller.

My $0.02
post #4 of 15
Yeah if you find your multitasking quite a bit, a 8GB upgrade would be worthwhile and would let you have that buffer incase you do load up the programs.

16GB is quite a lot, but it depends what you do with your computer. Some people use that up in a heart beat with just running Virtual Machines.

But the majority of users do not NEED 16gigs, all depends on the use of the system
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post #5 of 15
why not? get the 8, while its cheap

also if all your doing is using up to 5 set up an 8 gig ram disk
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Need? Not really. But could you use it and hold onto it for a while, hells yeah. Do it.
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disable pagefile, and get an ssd to get more snappiness

with 16gb i would put games into a ramdisk and load them from there, wow, zero load times
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Your system is aging and your monitor is small.... save your $40 for a future upgrade.
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post

Your system is aging and your monitor is small.... save your $40 for a future upgrade.

I dont know how to put my "upgraded system" into my sig?

The system with 16gb is...

i5 2500K 4.5Ghz
ATI 6970
4x4gb G.Skill DDR3 1600Mhz (might be faster not sure)
HP 23" 1920x1080


But with the above PC I can have Battlefield 3 or Starcraft II running and instantly minimize it. I already minimized starcraft and forgot about it for a whole day because there is no hit in performance when i have a 2GB+ process running.
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post #10 of 15
If you are not getting 80 to 90 percent memory usage, it is probably a waste from an economical point of view.
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