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Originally Posted by Mr.Eiht View Post
2all you player/RAM hater out there /* jk */
You wouldn`t need more than 4GB?
My win7 x64 grabs 2GB just to be alive and I even disabled all this crappy aero-stuff!
Ok, that would be about 2GB for the game, which i think isn`t that much.
I`m RAM addicted, don`t listen to me, but going for 6GB is enough to be on the safe side, wouldn`t it be terrible to have 100% of your RAM beeing used while gaming?
The other thing I have to say: Which game really needs a six-core CPU?
I think none, but you buy a better CPU than you need, so why not buy a bit more RAM? I have said, that i`m RAM addicted... <3
Windows 7 scales it's RAM usage depending on how much is being used at the time, and the total amount in your system.

If you had 2GB of RAM, 7 would use ~750MB of it.

And when an application needs the RAM, 7 will give up it's resources for said application. So have fun wasting your money on more RAM when it's completely not needed.
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Windows 7 scales it's RAM usage depending on how much is being used at the time, and the total amount in your system.

If you had 2GB of RAM, 7 would use ~750MB of it.

And when an application needs the RAM, 7 will give up it's resources for said application. So have fun wasting your money on more RAM when it's completely not needed.
Since i do some heavy After Effects work and 8-10 VM i need a bunch of RAM and i didn`t waste my money, but have fun wasting money on a CPU which is not needed for gaming
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Since i do some heavy After Effects work and 8-10 VM i need a bunch of RAM and i didn`t waste my money, but have fun wasting money on a CPU which is not needed for gaming
This thread isn't about someone who using VM's or AFter Effects, its about someone who only games....
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Since i do some heavy After Effects work and 8-10 VM i need a bunch of RAM and i didn`t waste my money, but have fun wasting money on a CPU which is not needed for gaming
That's you, not him. He doesn't need anymore than 4GB's of RAM. End of story. You might, he doesn't.

And who cares what CPU he buys, the x6 is still alot of power for cheap, and most games now are starting utilize a quad or better, so I would say his investment is justified.
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post #75 of 87
4GB is all you really need for gaming. I sprung to 8GB because I do some graphics design, video encoding and file compression which it would theoretically help with.
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I`m really sorry guys i didn`t want to be offensive or something like that.
Sorry if I wrote some dumb stuff.
I apologise!
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If you can get 8Gb for the SAME PRICE as 4Gb, and your not a nut about tight timings or raw speed, I don't see the hurt in going to 8. All other factors aside, 4Gb is a perfectly respectable number. And you better not be doing this just so you can say you have more then everyone else Never a good reason to upgrade.
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Only a fool would buy more than 4gb of ram for a gaming rig.Not to mention a hyper threading cpu.
Wrong.

While you are correct on the other statement about hyper threading, you may be wrong about ram. This mainly only apply s to new systems being built around mid this year.

Lets get this straight first, i have 4gb of ram and played black ops on 32bit os, thus only having 3.5gb of use able ram. I would have about 800mb of unused space. A few days ago i went to 64bit, using all 4gb but only have 400-500mb of unused space. 64bit os uses slightly more ram then 32bit.

Now, some games starting to come out will use 64bit engines, thus a 64bit os is strongly recommended. Battlefield 3 is one of those games. However, games will become more ram hungry and with 64bit, they can use more ram then a 32bit game.

Sure you could go out and buy 2x 2gb now and have 4gb, and just get another set down the line, but then you have 4 sticks which
a) Prevents further upgrade,
b) More instability.

Besides, its not that expensive compared to other parts.
    
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Wrong.

While you are correct on the other statement about hyper threading, you may be wrong about ram. This mainly only apply s to new systems being built around mid this year.

Lets get this straight first, i have 4gb of ram and played black ops on 32bit os, thus only having 3.5gb of use able ram. I would have about 800mb of unused space. A few days ago i went to 64bit, using all 4gb but only have 400-500mb of unused space. 64bit os uses slightly more ram then 32bit.

Now, some games starting to come out will use 64bit engines, thus a 64bit os is strongly recommended. Battlefield 3 is one of those games. However, games will become more ram hungry and with 64bit, they can use more ram then a 32bit game.

Sure you could go out and buy 2x 2gb now and have 4gb, and just get another set down the line, but then you have 4 sticks which
a) Prevents further upgrade,
b) More instability.

Besides, its not that expensive compared to other parts.
Your 64bit OS is using more because it sees more ram now (4GB's over the previous 3.5GB's) and is scaling the ram accordingly. If a program needs that ram your OS will give it up and for that application.
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Your 64bit OS is using more because it sees more ram now (4GB's over the previous 3.5GB's) and is scaling the ram accordingly. If a program needs that ram your OS will give it up and for that application.
Still, if your only having 300-400mb of free ram with all background programs closed, then why not go 8gb. That way the system doesn't have to scale back, and if a new 64bit game uses an extra 1gb, you have it there.

Im only recommending 8gb if your going to go out and build a new system now, but if you already have one you might as well just wait till you really need it.
    
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