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Here is my brutally honest opinion.

1. You will NOT notice an increase in performance unless the OS+APPS are using the whole 2GB and may require more. If this is not the case then 4GB is not a must.

2. If a 32bit system is in use then only 3.25GB can be utilized anyway due to the limitation of 32 BIT addressing.

3. If you are plodding along fine with your RAM then I would think looking into a new CPU or SLI...If that motherboard supports it ( I have no idea )
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Your rig actually looks pretty good, 3 GHz dual core, 2 GB of ram, 8800gt, that's a damn good system. I'm not too familiar with your case, but if you think you could use better cooling, then that may be a good upgrade for you, especially if you are looking to go SLI sometime in the future.

I haven't met a game that my system can't play, and I've got a similar rig (2GB more RAM), but I dont even think my system is using more than half of it 90% of the time.

I reason I say tuck the cash away for now, even though I know the upgrade bug bites pretty hard (even I am thinking Phenom and only 2 weeks after building this rig), but if you can stand to keep the cash from burning a hole in your pocket, you could put it towards your next big upgrade fund (Phenom, new case, 2nd video card for SLI, more RAM), then you would be way ahead of the curve and it would likely only take a few months to save. Not to mention, you wouldn't be looking at upgrading for at least the next couple of years.
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yeah ill just save up for a 750a i really life the Tforce ones
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2. If a 32bit system is in use then only 3.25GB can be utilized anyway due to the limitation of 32 BIT addressing.
Enterprise, I'm not sure if it's a 32-bit limitation. The option for 4GB of memory is just disabled in Windows XP Home and Pro. You can run 4GB perfectly fine on a Win2k3 Std and Ent machine. Both of those operating systems are 32-bit. Of course I could be wrong...
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If your upgrading get a 2x2GB set, as using all ram slots can cause instability IIRC...
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i have had 4gbs in my system before but the only reason it was unstable is becuase they used differant voltages so my hp2 was severley undervolted. the whol four slot full thing is from back in the 939 days it is fixed now.
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i have had 4gbs in my system before but the only reason it was unstable is becuase they used differant voltages so my hp2 was severley undervolted. the whol four slot full thing is from back in the 939 days it is fixed now.
I was wondering Thanks for clearing that up
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i have had 4gbs in my system before but the only reason it was unstable is becuase they used differant voltages so my hp2 was severley undervolted. the whol four slot full thing is from back in the 939 days it is fixed now.
Djqurt, was this in Windows XP 32-bit? All 4GB will show up with the /pae in the boot.ini but trust me your OS is not using all 4GB. You'll probably run into more problems with the /pae enabled.
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Djqurt, was this in Windows XP 32-bit? All 4GB will show up with the /pae in the boot.ini but trust me your OS is not using all 4GB. You'll probably run into more problems with the /pae enabled.
I though with PAE, a 32bit OS can use all 4GB. but max 4GB?
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no it was in vista. and of course the 3.5 showed up but i heard that with the other ram it will utilize it for other rtasks. but anyways i do have a copy of 64bit if i do decide to get more ram. im still thinking right now. i could get ore ram or save up till next check and get e7200 and DFI board
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