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I am building a sub-$450 gaming machine for my brother and I am wondering if 1gb of ram will cut it with games like Oblivion and Gothic 3.

Thanks.
post #2 of 45
Probably not oblivion with all the fancy smancy texture mods, but stock on high Oblivion will cut 1 GB fine if you have an optimized box of Windows.
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Considering how cheap memory is, I would try to get 2GB. Even if it is a lot slower.

Get a slower processor or video card, the extra memory will be worthwhile.

What components do you need? CPU / motherboard / RAM / Videocard / PSU / HDD?
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I play Oblivion without hassle on med-low settings.
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1gb isn't even much cheaper than 2gb dual-channel kits ...

2gb FTW.
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Originally Posted by pauldovi View Post
Considering how cheap memory is, I would try to get 2GB. Even if it is a lot slower.

Get a slower processor or video card, the extra memory will be worthwhile.

What components do you need? CPU / motherboard / RAM / Videocard / PSU / HDD?
I have a HDD I can give him, so far what I have picked out is:

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post #7 of 45
I can only run Gothic 3 on medium setting with my sig rig,
with my build before that
Sempron3300+, x800pro 1gig ram it was barely playable on low
 
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post #8 of 45
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Quote:
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I can only run Gothic 3 on medium setting with my sig rig,
with my build before that
Sempron3300+, x800pro 1gig ram it was barely playable on low
Really? It plays fine maxed on my HTPC rig with a stock e6400 and a x1900gt.
post #9 of 45
Quote:
Originally Posted by CuriouslyHigh View Post
1gb isn't even much cheaper than 2gb dual-channel kits ...

2gb FTW.
It's alright for Americans . Here in the UK it costs £50, for 1 gig of no name RAM. I think that equates to $100 or around there anyway.
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post #10 of 45
I would, and I will pay the extra money for an extra RAM stick. Stuff uses memory and if you want stuff running in the background you'll probobly need it.
Besides RAM is the most cost/efficent upgrade you can make on your PC, RAM is actually cheap.
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