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I'm running windows xp pro with 2gb of ram. Would i notice a diffrence if I add more ram? Like 1gb or 2gb.
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2GB should be enough for average users and gamers. I haven't heard of any games taking over 2GB of RAM. If you're running on 32bit OS, the highest amount of RAM that it'll detect is 3.5GB

IMO, 2GB should be enough. You wouldn't get any performance boost if you never exceeded the lower RAM usage.
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He's running 64bit OS

No you will not see any performance increase an extra 2gb of RAM

In the future maybe

However it is not worth it to invest in more DDR RAM, it wouldn't make sense now that DDR2 is mainstream

Concentrate on a new build if you want to upgrade
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Originally Posted by IcedEarth View Post
He\\'s running 64bit OS

No you will not see any performance increase an extra 2gb of RAM

In the future maybe

However it is not worth it to invest in more DDR RAM, it wouldn\\'t make sense now that DDR2 is mainstream

Concentrate on a new build if you want to upgrade
How do you know hes running 64 bit? Not all XP pros are 64.
    
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Originally Posted by KEITHRH12 View Post
I'm running windows xp pro with 2gb of ram. Would i notice a diffrence if I add more ram? Like 1gb or 2gb.
1. He seems fully aware of the RAM limitations

2. With that build i'm presuming he is quite knowledgeable

If i am mistaken then i am sorry. But it seems to me like he is fully aware of what bit OS he is running.
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1. He seems fully aware of the RAM limitations

2. With that build i\\'m presuming he is quite knowledgeable

If i am mistaken then i am sorry. But it seems to me like he is fully aware of what bit OS he is running.
Well lets ask him. Are you running 32 bit or 64 bit OS?
    
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Well lets ask him. Are you running 32 bit or 64 bit OS?


That made me lol

If you do indeed run the 64bit OS then my first post still stands.

If you are running 32bit OS then forget this thread ever existed

As mentioned above the physical RAM limitations on a 32bit OS only allow you to have 3GB maximum
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32bits OS
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I was indeed wrong

You cannot physically run 4GB of RAM i'm sorry

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In the absence of the /PAE switch, the Windows memory manager is limited to a 4 GB physical address space. Most of that address space is filled with RAM, but not all of it. Memory-mapped devices (such as your video card) will use some of that physical address space, as will the BIOS ROMs. After all the non-memory devices have had their say, there will be less than 4GB of address space available for RAM below the 4GB physical address boundary.
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The 32Bit OS can accept 4GB of physical ram

However physical RAM is also taken up by your GPU and various other things. Then your RAM gets the left over available space. Which makes it practically impossible for a 32bit OS to utilise 4GB of RAM
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post #10 of 12
So to put what Iced Earth said in simple terms, all your RAM isnt going to be used by windows. It will only be able to use 3.5gb.
    
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