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Originally Posted by Dallas84 View Post
40% left so maybe I don't really need more ram.
A system will start slowing down/trotting at 80-90% PF usage.
40% free is not alot of headroom, pending how much software you have running.
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Well probley systems 2 years from now will come out with 16 GB or more ram but will the programs really use that much very soon? Since jumping from 4 GB to 16 or 32 is alot. I mean I just find it hard to beleve that programs in a year or two will use that much ram. I mean GB is alot more the MB so having 16 GB or 32 GB is ALOT. That's twice of 8 GB. I wonder that in the future computers will have soo much ram but most programs will not even use that much. Meaning you will have soo much ram left over that is unused unless maybe you are a power user but still I think that having 16 GB or more is useless. Maybe more than 5 years from now programs might need that much but still I don't think they will. Since jumping from 8 GB to 16 GB or 32 GB is ALOT. Todays games I see will need around at most is 2 GB at most but most still will use 1 GB or less. 16 GB is like wooooo I mean that's a ton.
    
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Originally Posted by amstech View Post
A system will start slowing down/trotting at 80-90% PF usage.
40% free is not alot of headroom, pending how much software you have running.
Well all I know is that when I run my game like Crysis 2 and then goto my desktop and look at how much ram I use I used around 60%-65% since I have things like Yahoo IM and other programs running. But are you saying that I need more ram? If I don't run the game in the background then I have used only around 47% or maybe 50% at most depends though.
    
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Well all I know is that when I run my game like Crysis 2 and then goto my desktop and look at how much ram I use I used around 60%-65% since I have things like Yahoo IM and other programs running. But are you saying that I need more ram? If I don't run the game in the background then I have used only around 47% or maybe 50% at most depends though.
With that usage, I seriously doubt you'd need more than 4GB.

I have 8GB myself and monitor my RAM usage, and it usually only peaks when I jump into Lightroom or Photoshop to edit photos. Beyond that, rarely does it pop above 4GB.
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i run out of ram with 6GB with some games. ive had to run 9GB for the past few months.
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You need a '64-bit' CPU and a 64-bit OS to use (far) more than 4GB RAM.

The 32-bit CPU/OS cannot use more than 4Bill memory addresses, so RAM over 4GB cannot be addressed.
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Originally Posted by Smoblikat View Post
4gb is perfect and 6gb leaves breathing room, so 4 should be fine, 8 is overkill.
8GB is not overkill for some usage.
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Originally Posted by Cyrilmak View Post
8GB is not overkill for some usage.
But given what the OP says he does, I think it probably is.
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Originally Posted by r31ncarnat3d View Post
But given what the OP says he does, I think it probably is.
Agreed.

Even while gaming on SC2 I can alt tab and still see no difference in performance if I have itunes, and 7-10 browsing tabs of Firefox open with only 4gb of RAM.
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Originally Posted by cory1234 View Post
Agreed.

Even while gaming on SC2 I can alt tab and still see no difference in performance if I have itunes, and 7-10 browsing tabs of Firefox open with only 4gb of RAM.
Yep, and back when I had 4GBs (which really was only until two weeks ago), I regularly had 15 tabs (no lie) open in Chrome + Winamp + CPUZ + Speedfan + Rainmeter + Task Manager + Steam + Outlook + IM clients + whatever game I'm playing running on my PC at one time without any issues.

I def understand wanting the best, but "in the pursuit of performance", I think people forget what normal setups really are capable of. I mean, 8GBs+ are great, but 4GBs is still plenty of memory in the first place.
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