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RAM is so cheap there's really no reason to buy a 2Gb kit only.....might as well go 2x2Gb or 4x1Gb.
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post #22 of 71
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The only time you should buy more ram is if you find yourself keeping 'Virtual Memory' enabled.
No that is if you are keeping it disabled. As it will cause your system to consume a lot more RAM to disable it.
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8GB FTW
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you people who are still on XP 32bit expect reviewer to waste time and effort to test old technology for you?

64bit is the way forward. in fact, there is no reason to install 32bit on newly built computers.
One could find that offensive, but as it's very hard to establish emphasis and attitude on a forum, benefit of the doubt applies.
I agree to a point - there are still a large amount of people who see Vista as a crock of cr*p, leaving XP the obvious choice (not to mention it's cheaper). Linux is technically an option, but it's the still the 'underground' OS. If you're buying XP, it will almost certainly be the 32-bit version, as it simply isn't worth the hassle of forcing 64-bit to work with all the 32-bit apps you have.
However, I do agree that buying Vista gives you both 32 & 64 bit versions in one box, and MS have got their act in gear with Vista 64, meaning you as an end-user doesn't have to suffer getting 32-bit apps to run.

A cynic could argue that the tests that this review did were a waste of time anyway. That said, it is nice to know that not everything is assumed nowadays (otherwise we'd still be looking at clock speeds as the be-all-and-end-all and all using P4s). I just think that because a 32-bit OS has memory limitations, it worth within the scope of the review to test whether max RAM at 32-bit is any better than 1/2Gb.
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post #25 of 71
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No that is if you are keeping it disabled. As it will cause your system to consume a lot more RAM to disable it.
I really see no reason to keep Virtual Memory enabled, unless you are doing some immense multitasking to where all your resources are getting eaten. If your computer is resorting to using part of your hard drive as ram ("virtual memory"), then buy more ram. I could see a computer taking a slight performance hit if it has to resort to using part of the harddrive as RAM to compensate. I mean I'm running only 2GB on Vista Ultimate, and play games, encode, multitask, and whatever else, and have never had to keep Virtual mem. enabled -- have never used up all 2GB at once, even when playing COD4, Crysis, etc. Disabling alot of unnecessary background crap in Vista is enough for 2GB of RAM to be sufficient, to where virtual memory isn't needed. ...Unless of course you were to simultaneously: play a game, run a virus scan, and encode a DVD, ALL at once.
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2GB is more than enough for XP. But for Vista if you want it to run fast and good 4GB you would need.
 
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I find 6gb small for what i do ..i want more!!
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I really see no reason to keep Virtual Memory enabled, unless you are doing some immense multitasking to where all your resources are getting eaten. If your computer is resorting to using part of your hard drive as ram ("virtual memory"), then buy more ram. I could see a computer taking a slight performance hit if it has to resort to using part of the harddrive as RAM to compensate. I mean I'm running only 2GB on Vista Ultimate, and play games, encode, multitask, and whatever else, and have never had to keep Virtual mem. enabled -- have never used up all 2GB at once, even when playing COD4, Crysis, etc. Disabling alot of unnecessary background crap in Vista is enough for 2GB of RAM to be sufficient, to where virtual memory isn't needed. ...Unless of course you were to simultaneously: play a game, run a virus scan, and encode a DVD, ALL at once.
There are plenty of times, even with 8GB!, that my RAM got maxed out and my computer slowed to a crawl. Now if I did not have a swap file, rather than slowing to a crawl, my computer would have completely crashed.

Also, there are some programs that are coded horribly and decide to take up all of your RAM all of a sudden (WinRar comes to mind...). For some reason, WinRar will decide to keep something completely in memory as it extracts it, so if it's larger than your RAM when unzipped, then your computer would crash without a swap file.

The reasons go on. Disabling swap does nothing to help you, and it can only hurt you.
    
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I really see no reason to keep Virtual Memory enabled, unless you are doing some immense multitasking to where all your resources are getting eaten. If your computer is resorting to using part of your hard drive as ram ("virtual memory"), then buy more ram. I could see a computer taking a slight performance hit if it has to resort to using part of the harddrive as RAM to compensate. I mean I'm running only 2GB on Vista Ultimate, and play games, encode, multitask, and whatever else, and have never had to keep Virtual mem. enabled -- have never used up all 2GB at once, even when playing COD4, Crysis, etc. Disabling alot of unnecessary background crap in Vista is enough for 2GB of RAM to be sufficient, to where virtual memory isn't needed. ...Unless of course you were to simultaneously: play a game, run a virus scan, and encode a DVD, ALL at once.
Lol, what a coincidence my friend. Because i use the following all at once : Defragmenter, Windows Media Player 11, Yahoo Instant Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, Xfire, Firefox (not always, pending if i'm running OCN chat or something), games (Supreme Commander especially, i ran my usage up to 3.7GB once with that game and the rest of the stuff i run; games i like to keep windowed), and various other things. (And in case your wondering, i get excellent frame rates. ) I keep virtual RAM enabled because reaching 3.7GB was when i had it disabled, and Windows had a panic attack because it was running low on RAM.
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Lol, what a coincidence my friend. Because i use the following all at once : Defragmenter, Windows Media Player 11, Yahoo Instant Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, Xfire, Firefox (not always, pending if i'm running OCN chat or something), games (Supreme Commander especially, i ran my usage up to 3.7GB once with that game and the rest of the stuff i run; games i like to keep windowed), and various other things. (And in case your wondering, i get excellent frame rates. ) I keep virtual RAM enabled because reaching 3.7GB was when i had it disabled, and Windows had a panic attack because it was running low on RAM.
    
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