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I do alot of maya, 3ds max work on my PC and laptop, i guess RAM will make rendering times faster, is this true?
No... For faster rendering you need a new CPU

But ram should help with this kind of softwares
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post #12 of 20
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no not really. only cpu and videocard do that. memory is just transfered faster from mobo to hard drive.
If you have insufficient ram it can produce massive drops in FPS when for example more AI appear or things like this.

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I do alot of maya, 3ds max work on my PC and laptop, i guess RAM will make rendering times faster, is this true?
Yup, any CAD/CAM app is gonna see some improvement as it'll have more space to stretch its legs.

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Ok thanks I'll probably ask my dad for an extra 2gigs. Thanks.
My take is to get 4GB but stay with a 32bit OS, even though you won't be able to use all the 4GB. The advantage gained by getting a 64bit OS to see all the 4GB will be denied by the larger memory footprint of the 64bit OS
and WoW (32bit emulated on 64 bit).

Besides, having 4GB of ram on a 32 bit OS will give you the option of disabling the swap file (ram on HDD) and the speed gain would be noticeable.
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4GB can be beneficial of 2GB, especially if you are taking advantage of Vista's "superfetch" (which pre-loads a lot of programs into RAM, depending on what you use more). For games: I have rarely seen one use more than 1.5GB of RAM itself, however. If you're running quite a bit of programs in the background, you may more than 2GB used. But anything more than 4GB will rarely be beneficial with a typical PC/user.
    
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post #14 of 20
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If you have insufficient ram it can produce massive drops in FPS when for example more AI appear or things like this.



Yup, any CAD/CAM app is gonna see some improvement as it'll have more space to stretch its legs.



My take is to get 4GB but stay with a 32bit OS, even though you won't be able to use all the 4GB. The advantage gained by getting a 64bit OS to see all the 4GB will be denied by the larger memory footprint of the 64bit OS
and WoW (32bit emulated on 64 bit).

Besides, having 4GB of ram on a 32 bit OS will give you the option of disabling the swap file (ram on HDD) and the speed gain would be noticeable.
As soon as people mention 4GB why do they say ''Disable the pagefile''

No guys its not as easy as just getting rid of it lol. Windows and some applications actually need a pagefile guys for caching and temp ffile storage. They will not do this in RAM and you will find Windows will screw at you eventually for not having one enabled. Such applications such as photoshop need the pagefil to use it as a scratchfile. If you dont have it Photoshop can lag badly.

Guys leave the pagefile enabled...if you disable it your only saving a couple of gig..lets face it if your that desperate then you need to get a new larger hdd or delete some crap.

Its like saying ''Right I have ABS now, Lets take out the seatbelt as I doubt i will need it''
post #15 of 20
Having RAM of a faster speed/latency will bring small gains in FPS. I noticed about a 2-5fps increase going from ddr2 800 to ddr2 1200. I suppose if my 800mhz RAM was crappy, then the increases would have been more drastic, but overall there was ~10ns in latency difference between my rig running 800mhz, 4-4-4-10 and 1200mhz, 5-5-5-15.

more RAM will decrease loading times etc, as mentioned... a 64bit OS or Vista will use more RAM due to its nature of prefetching everything under the sun... so gains will be more pronounced when using those types of OS.
post #16 of 20
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I do alot of maya, 3ds max work on my PC and laptop, i guess RAM will make rendering times faster, is this true?
Yes it will help with big scene with lots of textures. Also ram in games help the loading.
post #17 of 20
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Ok thanks I'll probably ask my dad for an extra 2gigs. Thanks.
Ask for advise then not listen to it...

You best options to sell your video card and buy another with that money + birthday money.

More ram is going to do nothing for you in-game performance.
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post #18 of 20
For CAD you'll see a huge increase in performance (Depending on what you are rendering)...

I'd get the 4gb RAM if you plan on using CAD...to the limit that is.
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I would sell the 5 GB you have now and get 4 GB in a 2x2 kit (Crucial has one now), so you can benefit from dual channel memory speeds. That probably would get you a serious improvement relative to single channel.

Otherwise, for gaming performance you're video card limited anyway, so acquiring a 9600GT or 8800GT-GTS would be a decent idea. The 9600GT is on early drivers and is impressing so far; probably near-8800GT performance with mature drivers.
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the OP does not have 5gb ...i have the 5gb running single channel....
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