Originally Posted by guyladouche
However, that being said, I think you could get away with 2GB for Windows 7, though I'm surprised that others didn't notice a difference when moving to 4GB.
I cant say I agree with you brother. Sitting at idle in Win7, with firefox, itunes and xfire (not voice chatting, just on) and some normal background apps I'm using 1.3 gbs of memory.. doesnt leave much overhead for games.
But I will say, at first with windows 7 I had a P5N-E sli mobo, my q9550 and 2gbs of 800mhz ram.. i then made a slight upgrade and switched to my current mobo (EP45-UD3p and 4 gbs of 1066 memory) and i noticed a difference immediately. Now comparing memory isnt entirely fair because my new memory is a little faster, but games were loading faster, my multi tasking truly improved, and overall windows 7 experience was better.
dude, get the memory.. keep this though in mind: software/apps/games will continually grow more hardware dependent, so those who say 'games now dont use more then 1 gb, so 2 gbs is the sweet spot'.. what about games 6 mos from now? Why would itunes, firefox, etc now have 64 bit versions? to USE THE HARDWARE and vastly improve the user expierence of those apps.
who would have thought 3 years ago 2 gbs was the 'normal'.. now 4 truly is.. and most enthusiasts use 6-8gbs (6 is mainly the standard for ddr3 rigs)
Also, if you search around this site there are several related threads regarding memory and gaming.. I've read that GTA IV scales up and uses more memory as you add more.. some users stated it uses 3+gbs.. as with starcraft.. (so I've heard) I know BFBC2 uses over a GB..
Think of memory the same way as a power supply.. you never want 'just enough'.. you need some room to grow/add perifials/upgrade certain things.. if you skimp you'll be bottle necking your system.Edited by BungalowJunkie - 3/3/11 at 7:17am