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I'm a little confused with my memory. I installed W7x64 a few months ago from Vista 32 to get the 4GB. Even after the upgrade, it feels like I'm on x32.
I'm concerned that it might be affecting my games, since it appears that only a little ram is left for it.

Screen shot attached. (does that look right?)

Edited by Vorgier - 2/12/11 at 4:57pm
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Windows caches memory so it can acess it faster, it's normal for windows to use that much.

Edit: But it shouldn't be affecting your gaming at all unless you play a game that needs 4GBS of RAM.
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A fresh install of 7 on my rig uses .90gb of ram.
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That's windows 7 doing what it should--caching commonly used applications and data to your RAM so things open faster. But don't worry--it quickly frees up RAM when it's needed by active programs, and you'll never even notice it's going on. Things are working just as they should. And just an fyi, don't bother disabling superfetch just so you can see more "free" ram. Free ram is wasted ram, as it's sitting there not doing anything, not making your computer do anything faster.
    
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The standby ram usage is programs that have been open and then closed recently, so if you by chance reopen them, they don't have to reload data into the ram, but if something else comes along that data is pushed off the ram. So if you look a memory thing in task manager under cpu usage, that shows that you are using 1gb. I normally use about 35% of my ram at any given time. I have 8gb. so using 1gb while idling is pretty normal if you have other program open.
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Yes, your good. For gaming you'll need at least 5GB for heavy RAM using games, or you'll go into pagefile, that's no good.
Here's my readings after playing MW 2. Memory Gauge on the left side was when I was in game shows almost 5GB of usage of 8GB installed. On the right is the present reading of 1.61GB.

Edited by letsgetiton - 2/12/11 at 5:15pm
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Yes, your good. For gaming you'll need at least 5GB for heavy RAM using games, or you'll go into pagefile, that's no good.
Here's my readings after playing MW 2. Memory Gauge on the left side when I was in game shows almost 5GB of usage of 8GB installed. On the right is the present reading of 1.61GB.
because everybody knows that Call of duty is totally the benchmark for a computer.
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You don't need 5GBs of RAM for any game...
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Hmm, very interesting. Thanks for the replies. Ordering a new cpu/mobo/ram soon. Will have an extra 2 slots just in case.
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