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#1 11 years ago

hi. I am currently building a system and Iv'e pretty much decided to go with vista as the OS. I like DX10 and pretty much all of the games I play are supported on it. Anyway, I am wondering if it would be worth about 100$ extra to go with 4 GB of RAM over 2 GB (RAM would run at 800MHz)? I've heard that Vista is a huge RAM hog but would it give any moderate to significant performance increase? Here's what my specs will probably be... Case: Antec 900 ATX CPU: Q6600 (plan to oc it to 3GHz sometime in the future) PSU: OCZ GameXtreme 700W Mobo: ASUS P5N32-E SLI Vid. Card: 8800 GTX Memory: 2GB Corsair XMS2 800MHz HD 1: Raptor 10000RPM 150GB HD 2: Seagate 7200RPM 320GB DVD: Two 20x DVDRW w/lightscribe OS: Vista Home Premium




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#2 11 years ago

If your going for 64 bit Vista then yes go for 4 GB of Ram if you are going for 32 bit then 2 GB is all you'll ever need.




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#3 11 years ago
Videoslave;3986831If your going for 64 bit Vista then yes go for 4 GB of Ram if you are going for 32 bit then 2 GB is all you'll ever need.

Yep. I have 2GB RAM and Vista 32 bit. Vista does take a lot of RAM to run smoothly.. However, even with Dreamweaver CS3, Photoshop CS3, Msn Messenger and around 5 tabs running on Firefox I don't reach 1.3 GB RAM. I could still play a game 'smoothly' with all these programs runnig.




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#4 11 years ago

you just won't use 4 gigs in 32bit. It cannot read it all.

2 gigs is plenty for vista, just turn off the unnecessary crap and watch your performance skyrocket


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#5 11 years ago

I think 2GB is fine for Vista.

If your using 32bit you could always get 3GB, that way you will have more memory and 32bit will actually be able to use it all. You could do 2x1GB sticks, and 2x512MB sticks so you still have dual channel.




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#6 11 years ago

will i see any benefit (not extremly small benefit like a moderate performance increase) from that? The system is really fast already and will upgrading to 3GB give any significant improvement?




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#7 11 years ago
Cheeseking25;3987186will i see any benefit (not extremly small benefit like a moderate performance increase) from that? The system is really fast already and will upgrading to 3GB give any significant improvement?

Unlikely. If there is an improvement, it would be marginal at best. Sometimes too much RAM can be a bad thing. Example: I have 4GB of OCZ PC2-6400 "SLI" RAM. When I have 2GB installed, it runs at 4-4-4-12 1T. When I have 4GB installed, it runs at 5-5-5-15 2T - and won't run stable set any faster than that. Of course it all depends on your specific board and RAM. It goes to show that sometimes you can have to much of a good thing.




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#8 11 years ago

i seen on a review that it would be good to have 4 gigs for vista, sorry no source for it like others have said if you want more then 2 gb you have to have the 64 bit OS to reconise it.

Also wondering how much your system cost all up??

planning to get something similar:)




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#9 11 years ago

I was hopeful Vista 64 bit would be working better with the release of Vista SP1, but everyone is saying it won't really be a service pack but rather a compilation of all the updates thus far. I suppose you could get one 2GB module then add another later if Vista 64 bit ever does improve. Seems the best way to go is get a 4 DIMM MB that supports dual channel with all DIMMs full though.




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#10 11 years ago

Am I the only person on the entire internet that hasn't had any problems with the 64-bit version of Vista?




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