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hi guys, since ram is cheap now, i was thinking of getting another pair of my ram i have no to make a total of 4Gb...
my question is how much more will 4Gb benifit me than 2Gb?
How much will it benif me?
Faster,load times...etc....how will my pc be different is what i ask....
And i will be getting Vista 64 soon,I have XP 32 now.
So im asking on behalf of Vista 64 right now.

Thanks all
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Many times with more RAM modules - you have to INCREASE your timings.
Which is reflected mostly in Game FPS. (slower FPSs)
You COULD run more programs THEN though - but higher latency usually means the said in games.

So long as your mainting your timings though - you'll be able to run more programs (seeing that you seem to run a lot )
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Apollo4g View Post
hi guys, since ram is cheap now, i was thinking of getting another pair of my ram i have no to make a total of 4Gb...
my question is how much more will 4Gb benifit me than 2Gb?
How much will it benif me?
Faster,load times...etc....how will my pc be different is what i ask....
And i will be getting Vista 64 soon,I have XP 32 now.
So im asking on behalf of Vista 64 right now.

Thanks all
If you are planning on getting Vista soon, i would say go ahead with the 4 gigs, since you have the money available...you won't regret it once you get vista...especially if you are an avid gamer...I'm thinking that no games out right now really utilize more than 2 gigs, but pretty soon games like Crysis and such will almost definitely make use of that extra RAM..

I don't see any performance increase in my 4 Gigs over my 2 gigs that i used to have, but i am using XP, so... lol
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It depends on what you are doing. It was once said that 2GB of RAM for Vista should be plenty, but I kind of feel the pinch of having 2gigs on occasion. Maybe i'm just imagining it, but Vista is pretty memory intensive if you have all the features on. I would say, if you can swing it, go for 4GB of RAM. It's something you won't regret down the road.
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Who wants Vista anyway

(DX10 support for XP soon )

But yeah. Vista DOES eat RAM...


Are you planning to downgrade () to vista?
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lol thanks guys for your info...
i guess ill get it then....
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There is no need for 4gb of RAM in XP OR Vista.

Vista does have a lot of processes, which can be disabled. Still, it appears that RAM is being eaten, however, Vista just makes use of idling ram as cache. It is more efficient that way.

Upgrading to 4GB really is only going to just slow you down, as you have to up your timings and usually you don't yield as high clockspeeds.

The best games coming out won't even be able to utilize the full 2gb.
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post #8 of 32
Bullcrap..

Supreme Commander, Dark Messiah of Might and Magic. And windows vista? I don't think so..

You need more than 2GB for these to run completely smooth cause I have often noticed that the RAM gets very near to maxing out and will often crash..
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There is no need for 4gb of RAM in XP OR Vista.

Vista does have a lot of processes, which can be disabled. Still, it appears that RAM is being eaten, however, Vista just makes use of idling ram as cache. It is more efficient that way.

Upgrading to 4GB really is only going to just slow you down, as you have to up your timings and usually you don't yield as high clockspeeds.

The best games coming out won't even be able to utilize the full 2gb.
hmmm are you sure about that??
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No hes not sure noone is sure what the future holds. For future proofing get the 4gb you can still have pretty tight timings and if your not on an amd it really doesn't make as big of a difference. Everyone said why get 2gb way back when.. when 1gb was enough. Then games like BF2 started to max out the 1gb. If future proofing go ahead theres really no reason not to.. ram is soooo cheap right now.
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