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I've got 2 GB of RAM and I'm using XP (might use win7 in the future) and I'm wondering if it's noticeably worse than 4 GB for newer games. I am talking about for example Dragon age as well as other games such as TF2, Crysis.

I would love to upgrade to 4 GB but ram is expensive now so I can't really do anything.

What do yall think?
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post #2 of 27
4GB will be good upgrade preferably faster modules. I run 2GB of 675-850mhz and I can tell you it works but is slow. 7 is a quite bit faster but I say go for it well worth the money.

Gonna be selling some DDR2 soon will let ya know if you havent found some by then.
    
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When I had 2GB, all my apps ran just as well, but when I opened S.T.A.L.K.E.R. or Fallout 3, I got very noticeable lag (and if I alt-tabbed out my memory usage would be 100%)
with 4GB, if I alt-tab out I have a bit more than half memory usage. for games, it is a good upgrade.
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Oh, the gold old days where you could pick up a 2x2GB DDR2 kit for $30. 2GB of RAM is definitely going to be limiting - I've hit 75% RAM usage on my Win7 system while playing MW2 and having many programs running. So yes, 4GB is definitely going to be better. I would say that in today's day and age 4GB is more of a necessity than an upgrade for any serious computer user (and who on OCN isn't )
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post #5 of 27
For the games you mentioned, it's not a big deal. If you notice any stutter while your FPS is still high, that's because the game needed some piece of information that wasn't on the ram due to space limitations, and the game had to wait until the hard drive found it.

So, if you get stutter, change it asap, that'll be by far the most cost-effective upgrade to increase your enjoyment. If not, you should still look into it because many games benefit greatly from 4 gb. Ones that come to mind are stalker, cinematic mod for HL2, or any mod which includes huge textures. As games progress, 4 gb will become more and more desirable.

As for what speed of ram to get, there is little to no difference past 800 mhz for most all games and apps. The only reason to get fast ram really is so that it doesn't hold back your CPU overclock. At least on Intels, I'm not at all familiar with overclocking AMDs so I can't say for sure on that front.
    
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post #6 of 27
4GB is pretty much the standard for RAM nowadays. It is a good upgrade IMO, especially if you are gaming.
     
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Have a laptop with 2 GB DDR2-533, seems to be the sweet spot for Vista32 but I don't run a lot of intensive stuff on this.

My desktop has 4 GB and it's definitely got elbow room for Vista64. Be worth snagging the two extra gigs if you can get it.
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I agree try to pick up some used RAM on OCN. It will most likely save you a lot. When I checked the RAM prices last week for the first time in a while I was astonished I got my 2x2GB set of DDR2 1066 for $45 shipped!
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The biggest upgrade I've ever experienced RAM rise was going from 1GB ram to 2GB ram, This was back in the day when I thought RAM was the only thing in the world for PC's (Like 90% of the population these days)

I didn't notice any increase going from 2GB to 4GB, or 4GB to 6GB.

Also, DDR2 prices have skyrocketed. My ram that I bought for my old system (4gb-1066mhz G.skill) was 45$... Now it's 114$....
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I fould ocz pc2-8500 (1066 2x2GB) for $50.00 on e-bay. You can find cheaper and name brand for memory.
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