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So one of my customer wants 16gb of ram for his sandy bridge build. He is an undergraduate going into 3D designs...his reasons he doesn't want to build another pc or do any type of upgrades other than a SSD later.

So my question is...what is recommended for the page file size? I haven't read too much on it but supposedly it's not good to turn it off.

Would it be best to set it to 4gb? 8gb? Or let windows manage it, which would be roughly 16gb confused.gif

I don't really mind the 16gb wasted space now, but he will buy a SSD soon and I believe 16gb is a lot to be wasted?
Edited by buste2 - 3/12/11 at 11:42am
post #2 of 25
i would set it at nothing, 16gb is overkill, the pagefile is used as extra memory when you run short but with 16gb it wont.
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Originally Posted by richie_2010;12706136 
i would set it at nothing, 16gb is overkill, the pagefile is used as extra memory when you run short but with 16gb it wont.

Wrong in a way. You still need pagefile, no matter how much RAM you have installed. Windows will still want pagefile, as will certain applications.

I'd give it maybe 1-2GB at most. With 16GB of RAM, he'll BARELY use the page file anyway. I have mine set to 12GB (1.5x the amount of RAM as suggested), but that's only because Killing Floor gives me grief if I have it set at less than that.
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You may need a page file for certain applications. I suggest just going with a 2-4 GB page file.
    
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yea it's definitely overkill. i tried talking him out of it, but he said every pc at his campus has 12gb of ram on their i7's.

guess he figured he might as well do the same lol...
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So set the range min to 4gb and max at 8gb?
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So set the range min to 4gb and max at 8gb?

I have my min set at 1, but my max is set at 12. It never crawls above the 1GB with 12GB of RAM.
    
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Just let Windows manage it for you.
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I have mine set at 512MB and never had any problems
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I have run without a page file on W7 for a couple years now one on a pc with 9gb of memory and on my sig rig with 12gb. I have not had a single issue.

Not saying it will work for everyone but with certain usage patterns you can get by without it.
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