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I have a set of Team Xtreem DDR2-800 (1GBx2) sitting next to me. It's my back up RAM.

I use the RAM in my sig. I usually run them at DDR2-667 @ 4-4-4-10 1T w/ 1.8v since I only run 333x7 24/7 since the AC broke. My Team Xtreem can do 4-4-4-10 2T w/ 1.8v @ DDR2-667, so I will have to change it from 1T to 2T, but I won't have to relax the timings or change voltage.

So, would it be worth it? I play BF2142, L4D, and that's about it, so I know they won't use the extra RAM. Will W7?
 
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I have a set of Team Xtreem DDR2-800 (1GBx2) sitting next to me. It's my back up RAM.

I use the RAM in my sig. I usually run them at DDR2-667 @ 4-4-4-10 1T w/ 1.8v since I only run 333x7 24/7 since the AC broke. My Team Xtreem can do 4-4-4-10 2T w/ 1.8v @ DDR2-667, so I will have to change it from 1T to 2T, but I won't have to relax the timings or change voltage.

So, would it be worth it? I play BF2142, L4D, and that's about it, so I know they won't use the extra RAM. Will W7?
Do you have 7 x64? If not, then it won't be worth it. But if you do, then I say try it and see!! You might like it!
    
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Why not?

The only downside I can think of is you may have an unstable overclock as you Northbridge or Southbridge (sorry, don't know which it is ) is needing to power more sticks for the motherboard to process.

I'd say shove them in and watch your system whirl. I assume you know about the 64bit OS details so I won't bore this post anymore. You should notice an increase in speed mainly from multi-tasking and rendering if you do any of those.
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I forgot to say: I'm much more glad that I have 2x2GB now than I was back when I upgraded during XP 32 bit. I mean, yeah, I noticed a little improvement with XP x86, but with 7 x64: um, damn. w00t!
    
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I'm running Seven x64, had to give my Bro a 2GB stick (outta my system! :swearing and don't really notice a difference.
I'm runnning on 2GB right now, Crysis feels the same, Bioshock feels the same, the only downgrade I can feel is that GRiD now takes almost three minutes to get back to after a quick Alt-TAB rather than the instantaneous response with 4GB.
Other than that, buisness as usual.
Hope it helps.
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I'm sorry to revive this old thread, I ran across it on google when I typed in "2gb vs 4gb windows 7" (without quotes).

I suggest going with 4GB. Here's a comparison of Windows 7 - 4GB v. 8GB. Here's a gaming performance comparison - 2GB v. 4GB (unfortunately with vista).
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Originally Posted by mmparkskier View Post
I'm sorry to revive this old thread, I ran across it on google when I typed in "2gb vs 4gb windows 7" (without quotes).

I suggest going with 4GB. Here's a comparison of Windows 7 - 4GB v. 8GB. Here's a gaming performance comparison - 2GB v. 4GB (unfortunately with vista).
This is especially true for 64-bit Windows 7. Microsoft's Windows 7 system requirements state 1 GB for 32-bit and 2 GB for 64-bit. Therefore, I say that people like us should have at least 2 GB for 32-bit, and 4 for 64-bit.
    
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