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post #11 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob_Is_Scary View Post
Is my system:

8800 GTS 640 v/card
680i SLI LT mobo
e6600 2.4 Ghz cpu
2 gigs 800 MHz crucial ballistic ram

vista ready? If only the RAM isn't no big deal, but I want to make sure the cpu, mobo, and card are able to support Vista.

Cheers
rofl i ran vista ultimate on a p3 800 (oc 933mhz), 512mb, geforce 2 gts

im sure with your high end parts running vista isnt even an issue
post #12 of 23
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I just found this site and it goes on and on about Win XP Pro 32-bit with a 4gig memory cap although it may not all be used..

"This 4GB space is evenly divided into two parts, with 2GB dedicated for kernel usage, and 2GB left for application usage. Each application gets its own 2GB, but all applications have to share the same 2GB kernel space."

"basically in any 32 bit windows, you can't run a program that uses more memory than 2gb, unless you use /3gb or PAE with a PAE-aware application.
So having more than 2gb won't necessarily help for games or any other single application, and normal versions of XP/vista 32 won't use more than 4gb of ram."

" Vista uses more ram than XP to run the basic OS. It also uses any free ram for system caches and pre-fetch, which is the reason lots of panicked early adopters complained about having no free ram. These caches don't do anything bad though, they get dropped as soon as any application actually needs that ram. "

http://techreport.com/forums/viewtop...333&highlight=
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post #13 of 23
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I am looking at G.Skill 2GB (2x1GB) 240-pin DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) at $104.99 and it is taking all of my self control not to whip out my credit card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231065

Question: If I am sticking with WinXP and not planning on going to Vista anytime soon, should I get 2 more gigs for my system?
Even the people at crytek said 2 gigs of ram is recommended, there seriously is no point in 4 gigs and I don't see there being a point for a couple years.
    
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post #14 of 23
If all you're doing is playing games, you'd be better sitting on two solid gigs as opposed to four. A lot of people 'round here have issues with four gigs installed in all for sockets.

If you were doing more than games, say content creation or something, there's absolute value in more ram.
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post #15 of 23
Ok well from what I have heard. You can have 3gb of ram in ANY 32-bit os(including Vista) and if you want to have more than 3gb ie 4gb then you have to have a 64-bit OS. My brother tried to have his 4x1gb corsair XMS2 ddr800 ram in his comp (C2D 6600,ati 1900xtx,windows vista 32-bit home premium) and it wouldn't even boot up. If you buy Vista(not including Ultimate as the Ultimate comes with a 64-bit disc) then you can go to microsofts website and order a 64-bit disc of your version of Vista for like $8 w/ shipping as long as you have your product key and some other information. I am going to do that as I want 4gb of ram and its SOOOO cheap right now. Anyone know a reason why I shouldn't get 4gb of ram. I have 2 right now (2x1gb of this http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16820231085)
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post #16 of 23
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I am all about getting the most out of your buck. In fact I have decided to wait on the 4 gb for now.

According to the posts in this thread and on this website
http://techreport.com/forums/viewtop...333&highlight=

There is no significant performance increase in gaming with more than 2gb.
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Well I must say, my 4GB of HZs + Vista Ultimate 64bit = Win
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in a year or two, yes to many issues rite now,imo
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post #19 of 23
I did the jump with this exact kit and when I tried it on my xp pro I did not see much difference but with 64bit and all my CAD stuff it I did see wonders.
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post #20 of 23
It's not the fact that it's pro or not, it's that its 64-bit and not 32-bit, the way it works, is that, at most, 32-bit can support 3.5GB, most people see only 3.3GB. With I don't know what kind of calulation, 64-bit OSes can support terabytes of RAM.
    
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