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I've been there myself, and I say the extra does make a difference even in desktop performance. When you have 4GB, Vista itself will cache about 1.3GB instead of less than 1GB to make more room and thus everything just pops up as soon as you click on it. In games I definitely see some games going over 2.5GB (total usage) with all my apps running.
I agree with Nuclear here. Vista 64 has a 1.3 to 1.4Gb footprint on my rig. 700Mb with only 2Gb installed. Vista will use the 4Gb. I monitored memory usage in some of the newer games and it will exceed 2Gb. However, it's still not my main gaming platform. I think XP32 is still better for that. 4Gb in XP32 is useless, especially with a Creative card.
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post #22 of 32
Would it be better to use 4x1 or 2x2. I was considering these for a Q6600 to oc with. 4 sticks http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148069 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231122 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820146691
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I'm wondering the same thing. I'm trying to decide if I should spend the extra 300 and get the Muskin 2 x 2gb Kit because it's already 1066, though.

I don't want to try to OC 800's up to say 1200 and sustain a stable CPU OC.
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dx10 on xp. idk if anything is reliable

http://www.google.com/search?q=dx10+...ient=firefox-a
    
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There is no need for 4GB on your current OS, nor does the OS support it.

4GB helps greatly in Vista x64, the other people claiming it doesnt really need to stop just guessing. If you dont have vista x64 and 4GB of ram, dont say it doesn't help cause it does.

Anyway cause your currently on a 32-bit OS, 4GB is pointless. If you plan on upgrading to vista x64 soon then go for it.

For the record, at 1920x1200 and max graphics, 2GB of ram on vista x64 crashes some games with "Out of Memory". According to the task manager, some games take 3GB while playing at this resolution.
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Wonderfull Vista I tell you
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post #27 of 32
I have vista 64 and with 2 gigs of ram it sits at 700mb for windows usage. When playing games like HL2 and CSS and halo2 it would start getting to the max of the memory. I was using pretty much all of it. I think 2 gigs will be fine for a while but I am wondering what games like crysis and stuff are going to require. I think in a little while well see more of a benefit for using 4 gigs.

Honestly I think 3 gigs would be the magic number. Kind of like when we only used 1 gig (2x512) and it was at its limit. At first when we went up to 2 gigs we werent coming close to maxing it out at the time but it showed a great improvement. Going to 4 isnt going to get maxed for some time but in the near future I think its gonna start being the norm. Unless DDR3 starts rocking like a champ.

I think also that 2gb sticks will be where its at if you want to afford it. I got 4 sticks of this good stuff but it was cheaper and oc's really good.
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Good for photo editing, converting, graphics work yadda yadda. Not so great for games.
post #29 of 32
I don't believe 4GB will make much of a difference compared to 2GB. It simply just won't get used for the most part - even with most games.

EDIT: According to some previous posts, Vista x64 uses significantly more RAM. This is news to me... I use 32-bit Vista though. So maybe the 4GB will help after all.
    
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Originally Posted by Murlocke View Post
For the record, at 1920x1200 and max graphics, 2GB of ram on vista x64 crashes some games with "Out of Memory". According to the task manager, some games take 3GB while playing at this resolution.
What the heck? That has to be a memory leak because if your system memory is full, the operating system will use the pagefile on your harddrive.
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