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post #21 of 36
If he plays more then 2 games at a time then 6gb or 8gb is better then 4gb. But he needs to get a x64 os to use more than 4gb of ram, because a x32(x86) can only use the max of 4gb.
Edited by dixson01974 - 2/20/11 at 9:36am
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post #22 of 36
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Originally Posted by grandpatzer View Post
this thread was wery helpful, I think I'm going to put 4gb in each of my computers.
unless my hardware monitoring shows that games use more than 4gb.

propably sell the 4*1gb XMS2.
I just realized your OS is Windows 7 32 bit. With that operating system you wont utilize any more memory then 3.5 gbs.

You'll have to upgrade your OS to 64 bit to use 4gbs or more memory...
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post #23 of 36
I say go with 8gb ram per system. Not only will Windows have more ram to share with your GPUs, there will also be little/no pagefile useage.
post #24 of 36
8GB is more than preferred over 4GB for gaming. It's easier on your system to have an ample amount of ram in the background. I'm planning on grabbing another 4GB stick for my laptop, though it'll never ever use the 6GB it has, just because 8GB is the new 4GB these days.

I see 4GB as a starter amount and 8GB is what I would note as the best choice. If you have to minimize your game for whatever reason, it takes no CPU power to do such, yet it helps to have more than half a gig remaining to do such.
     
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post #25 of 36
Going to 8GB will give you an extremely massive benfit Imglidinhere. Dual channel.
post #26 of 36
Simple answer, if price isnt an issue and you got a good deal on the ram then go ahead and get the 8gb kit.
post #27 of 36
Nope. I have 12gb lol. I do alot of multitasking though, even while gaming lol. Folding and my usual background stuff usually takes up about 3.5gb on their own though. Then add in firefox, music, what ever game i'm playing, and usually what ever im doing for homework lol.
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post #28 of 36
why not go 8gb if you have the money and the price is right? i recently upgraded from 4gb to 8gb and it has worked wonders for me! i never close programs anymore hehe
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post #29 of 36
8GB is better, but if you have 4gb, it's not a boost.

If i was building my system now, 8gb is pretty much the same price point as 4gb.
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Originally Posted by linkin93 View Post
Play GTA IV and tell yourself you have enough RAM... I dare you
only uses about 3 of mine


less ram sticks, easier to overlock
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