If OS's can only support up to 8GB or so of RAM, then why in the heck do they make mobos that can handle up to 36GB?
What's virtual memory?
well i dont know about windows server 2003 but i kno that most os's have a 4 gb limit. Apple has broken that limit with the G5 processor(but i wouldnt get that for gaming). In PC magazine there is an article that AMD is coming out wit a 64- bit processor around september 23. It will be compatable with all 32-bit Operating Systems (such as Windows XP--now all we need is for a new OS that will support 64-bit applications besides apple's OS)
:agreed: I got that article too, and it says that Intel is believed to have made a 64 bit processor but is holding on to it until 64 bit computers takes off. And microsoft is rumored to have a 64-bit compatible operating system. So expect them to come out around the apple release date.
I heard that Intel is holding their 64-bit proc till AMD releases theirs.
I have heard of Windows XP 64-bit, but have never seen it nor know where to get it. That would rock. Especially when AAO 64 comes out.
64 bit windows is not compatible with 32 bit os's so you can't get it right now (or so I think).
1SilentShadow1What's virtual memory?
Virtual memory is also sometimes called a "swap file." It's "memory" that resides on your hard drive. In Windows XP, click the Start menu --> right click on "My Computer" --> Select "Properties" --> Select the "Advanced" tab --> choose "Settings" under the Performance heading --> click on the "Advanced" tab and at the bottom you'll see your current Virtual Memory setting. (Other OSes have other methods...if you need help, just ask).
You can change the amount of virtual memory by clicking on the "Change" button and manually setting it or letting Windows manage it for you. I, personally, set mine to 1024 minimum and 1024 maximum. I don't know why other that I read it on the Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3 website (it's supposed to speed up the game a bit).
And you know what else is funny? I post helpful comments like this and my Karma drops... Sheesh!
You know, I read somewhere that if you edit your System.ini and add ConservativeSwapFile=1 under the 386enh section it will speed you computer up as well, cause it will acces RAM more and save on your virtual memory.
in my opinion, if you can afford it, go with hyper threading, other wise go with amd.and since you want to build your own comp, make sure you get a GOOD(i mean good) fan/heatsink(remember, CFM or cubic feet per minute(how much air is passed through the fan per minute) is better than rpm. so, if you have a fan with 5000 rpm, but only 23 cfm, that isn't as good as a fan with 3000 rpm and 50 cfm, becuase you may have more rpm in the other fan, but it doesn't pass as much air through per mintue, therefore it doesn't cool the cpu as well.) for you CPU(heat is the NUMBER 1 killer of computers) also get like a 60 to 80 GB hard drive(unless you are really into digital photos and videos, in that case get a 120 or around that) make sure that the hard drive is 7200 RPM, take nothing less. western digital is a good brand of hard drive to get. get a mobo with about 2 or 3 gb of ram)corsair is good high quality ram, but if you can't afford it, go with cruicial, which is also really good ram.) max(2 or 3 DIMM slots) get a minimum of 512 mb of ram, but you would be better off with 1 GB. like in earlier posts, Asus was recomended, and i think they make good boards. Get a good vid card(if you haven't already done so) like a radeon 9800 or a geforce fx5600(if you can afford them, otherwise, step down a level like the 9000 and so on) Get a good sound card(makes all the difference in gaming. Turtle beach makes good cards, but they are expensive(otherwise go with a mid line sound blaster $60 to $150) Make sure your case is good and that the power supply can handle the processor speed Get ALOT of extra fans for you case to cool it down(or go with a water cooled system( more money than fans)) you can find case fans, pci slot fans, expansion bay fans, if you have alot of ram, that is like pc2100 or up(just to be safe) i would recommend getting memory coolers, the same is true if you get a big hard drive. don't forget to get a cd/rw or a dvd(or both) drive. you will also need a monitor and an operating system. i have noticed that all the high end gaming rigs(alienware, ABS, etc, use windows XP Pro) so on the basis of that, i recommend winxp pro, assuming of course you want to spend $200(full version, not the upgrade).
ok, thats my advice please feel free to critisize my price figures, i have been out of state and away from a comp for some time, so those prices may be off a little. even iff you aren't building a new comp, i hope that my advice has helped you upgrade if you want to.
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