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Well I'm trying to speed up my computer (Check rig) and I heard that virtual memory isn't as fast as RAM... I have 1 GB of PC3200 in my system... Is that enough to not have to use virtual memory? What would the performance increase be like?

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Dude:
Turn on your paging file. Use "System Managed Size". Your hard drive is fast enough to manage the additional system needs. As cheap as RAm is, you ought to buy another 1GB - then you could stop using a page file and use straight RAM. XP is not as much a hog as Vista, but 1gb is not gonna cut it- especially with your GPU card's low RAM. Your GPU is gonna suck your RAM when yer gaming or using any high demand graphics apps.
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You should never remove Virtual memory unless perhaps.. make that maybe if you are using 16gb of RAM.

If anything you should increase it if you have 1gb. Set its initial size to 1 gb, and max to 2gb, assuming hard drive space is no issue.

It is no replacement for RAM, and is not really an alternative to putting off a RAM upgrade.
    
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Lol I don't have a vid. card Onboard

Are those numbers OK or should I change them? I heard you Pagefile should be something like 1.5 x your amount of RAM...
Not really sure.

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I got 2GBs and I still use like 4GB of pagefiles, just because I can. :>
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I always use a page file of 1.5x the amount of ram as this is what is recommemded. In your case I would set initial and maximum to the same size = 1500MB.

Also if that D drive is a separate hard drive and not a partition, I would stick the paging file on there instead of drive C.
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I always use a page file of 1.5x the amount of ram as this is what is recommemded. In your case I would set initial and maximum to the same size = 1500MB.

Also if that D drive is a separate hard drive and not a partition, I would stick the paging file on there instead of drive C.
D drive is a partition.

OK well I set my initial to 1GB and max to 2GB. One day once I upgrade (Like that will happen) I want NO PAGEFILE!
Who came up with the idea to use a physical spinning disk as a sort of system memory...

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I have my MIN & MAX set the same.

Actually the best thing to do is set the page file up at the very beginning of a OS install. Setup the page file then immediately defrag before installing any apps...this sets the page file to the front of the platter, making it faster to access.
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