hey there folks, first time post so be gentle. ive been having an ongoing discussion on another forum about this very same problem,i dont seem to be getting to the right type of people to answer the question though. so here goes: im running a machine with a pentium dual core, 6900 ultra graphics card, and 2 gig of ram (basic details i know but will do for the question in hand).im currently toying with the idea of bumping up the ram by one maybe two gig( 2 1 gig sticks). is it gonna be worth doing? or will it, as some people on the other forum suggest slow the overall running of my machine. " 3 or 4 gig is complete overkill" i have been told, aha i reply, according to some reviews i have read oblivion, when the developers showcased the game(using a 7900gtx card and 2 gig ram, in a purpose built machine) suffered from ram shortage causing some jittery gamplay in parts. the point im trying to make is, if gameplay is suffering now, surely with the leaps and bounds developers are making, more ram will be needed for some serious seemless gaming, maybe not now but in the near future. oh yes, a 7900 gtx is currently winging its way towards my tower unit as we speak. good old ebay. any suggestions from high end gaming machine owners here will be great. bare in mind i aint no stephen hawking when it come to the tech speak. cheers for any help on this, and ill check in on it before i blow my hard earned.
3-4 gigs is great.But the more items you put into a machine the more power it needs to use.So you may have to get a higher powered power supply to support all of these items (ram,gfx card,fan,etc) putting a good gfx card and sound card will also take the load off of the ram and load alot faster.However you just gotta make sure to up your power supply to get enough ample power.
If you run 4 x 1gb sticks you lose Dual Channel mode so you will lose a fair bit of performance. I would stick with 2GB as its plenty and only a few games really need it. 2GB+ is mainly for heavy 3D work & CAD.
The Videoslave knows for a fact theres no such thing as a 6900 Ultra 6800 Ultra prehaps?
I think the amount of ram is okay, 2 gigs is more than sufficient. Getting better quality, tighter timing ram will be better if you plan to oc it a little, 1gigx2 in dual channel. If you have some cash burning a hole, get the sound card (free up to 10% of your resources, ram) if you have a stock psu, upgrade it.
My suggestion would to save your money on the ram and wait.
Wait untill your actually playing oblivion and see if you find any jittery parts. Dont anticipate poor gameplay, wait untill you experience it yourself. Then upgrade.
Unless you have money to burn, then buy all means go for it. Just make sure you use a program like 3dmark05 and benchmark your setup before and after you install your ram. Just to see how much of a decrease in proformance,if any, losing dual channel is gonna give you.
suppose i should have said, yeah i have oblivion, and noticed that it does experience slowdown in parts. as for the money issue, thats why i posted, as the money is there to be used on the machine, but only if it would help matters. no point spending it if i wont notice the difference was what i was thinking.
PS: as for the dual channel, the mother board has two blue and two black ram slots, if all these are filled will dual channel be affected at all? oh and dont know if it makes a difference but its ddr2 ram.
Well, to give you my best advice, i'd just turn down afew settings. Im not the kind of person to blow afew hundred dollars on ram just so i can run one game at the highest settings.
You might also experience a decrease, like others have told you, when losing dual channel and it'd be a waste of money.
Anyways, even if you do tune down the graphics abit, your not going to lose much in eyecandy and i doubt you'd be able to tell.
Save your money =)
::Edit:: The two blue slots are probably the dual channel slots. I say probably because im not sure, you'd have to check your mobo manual, but its usually the colored slots that are dual channel.
And yes, if you fill all banks you will lose dual channel.