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September 10, 2013 5:33:15 PM

Whenever I boot up my PC my RAM usage is at 65% or above (things are quite a bit slower than I'd like). When I begin gaming (usually battlefield 3) it's fine until about 30 minutes later when I have about 90% RAM usage or more. Battlefield begins stuttering and eventually crashes. I've checked task manager, and there are only a few programs which use up RAM, and none of them together would amount to the 8GBs I have. Solutions please?

Specs:
OS: Windows 8
MOBO: Biostar A880GZ
GPU: Gigabyte windorce 7950
CPU: FX-6200
RAM: 8gb corsair vengeance 1600 mhz
PSU: 620w rosewill green 80+
HDD: 1tb seagate 7200rpm
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September 10, 2013 5:37:39 PM

Have you scanned your pc for viruses/malware etc? Does it do this in safe mode?
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September 10, 2013 5:58:38 PM

That sounds like a memory leak. You will need to check task manager to see what is consuming the memory.
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September 10, 2013 6:06:17 PM

mouse24 said:
Have you scanned your pc for viruses/malware etc? Does it do this in safe mode?



Yes to viruses, not malware though. Will try in safe mode and update when done.
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September 10, 2013 6:33:30 PM

When dealing with a memory leak it doesn't always have to be RAM that's consumed. You should also look at paged and non paged memory also. These settings aren't enabled by default in task manager so you'll have to select them.

Another setting you will want to enable handles although rare they can leak also and consume memory. Also look in the system event log around the time your games etc start crashing and see what it says. Sometimes it will tell you the type of memory you are low on for example RAM, Paged or None Paged memory.
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September 10, 2013 6:47:30 PM

neieus said:
When dealing with a memory leak it doesn't always have to be RAM that's consumed. You should also look at paged and non paged memory also. These settings aren't enabled by default in task manager so you'll have to select them.


Coolio, l'll check
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September 10, 2013 6:49:23 PM

neieus said:
When dealing with a memory leak it doesn't always have to be RAM that's consumed. You should also look at paged and non paged memory also. These settings aren't enabled by default in task manager so you'll have to select them.

Another setting you will want to enable handles although rare they can leak also and consume memory. Also look in the system event log around the time your games etc start crashing and see what it says. Sometimes it will tell you the type of memory you are low on for example RAM, Paged or None Paged memory.


lol em, how would I check this?
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September 11, 2013 2:53:41 AM

You can download a program called Process Explorer so you can enable and see it through that.
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September 11, 2013 8:32:22 PM

billybob42 said:
Whenever I boot up my PC my RAM usage is at 65% or above (things are quite a bit slower than I'd like). When I begin gaming (usually battlefield 3) it's fine until about 30 minutes later when I have about 90% RAM usage or more. Battlefield begins stuttering and eventually crashes. I've checked task manager, and there are only a few programs which use up RAM, and none of them together would amount to the 8GBs I have. Solutions please?

Specs:
OS: Windows 8
MOBO: Biostar A880GZ
GPU: Gigabyte windorce 7950
CPU: FX-6200
RAM: 8gb corsair vengeance 1600 mhz
PSU: 620w rosewill green 80+
HDD: 1tb seagate 7200rpm


Curious, using a dual channel kit or just a single module?
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September 11, 2013 8:55:26 PM

IvanOhio said:
billybob42 said:
Whenever I boot up my PC my RAM usage is at 65% or above (things are quite a bit slower than I'd like). When I begin gaming (usually battlefield 3) it's fine until about 30 minutes later when I have about 90% RAM usage or more. Battlefield begins stuttering and eventually crashes. I've checked task manager, and there are only a few programs which use up RAM, and none of them together would amount to the 8GBs I have. Solutions please?

Specs:
OS: Windows 8
MOBO: Biostar A880GZ
GPU: Gigabyte windorce 7950
CPU: FX-6200
RAM: 8gb corsair vengeance 1600 mhz
PSU: 620w rosewill green 80+
HDD: 1tb seagate 7200rpm


Curious, using a dual channel kit or just a single module?

Dual, why?
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September 11, 2013 9:04:19 PM

billybob42 said:
IvanOhio said:
billybob42 said:
Whenever I boot up my PC my RAM usage is at 65% or above (things are quite a bit slower than I'd like). When I begin gaming (usually battlefield 3) it's fine until about 30 minutes later when I have about 90% RAM usage or more. Battlefield begins stuttering and eventually crashes. I've checked task manager, and there are only a few programs which use up RAM, and none of them together would amount to the 8GBs I have. Solutions please?

Specs:
OS: Windows 8
MOBO: Biostar A880GZ
GPU: Gigabyte windorce 7950
CPU: FX-6200
RAM: 8gb corsair vengeance 1600 mhz
PSU: 620w rosewill green 80+
HDD: 1tb seagate 7200rpm


Curious, using a dual channel kit or just a single module?

Dual, why?


Sometimes people use a single module that could get overwhelmed. A dual helps with increasing your bandwidth of transfer.

I would suggest using Autoruns and Process Monitor from Sysinternals website: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb89665...

Autoruns is great tool to find out what is running in the background. I use these tools when troubleshooting systems with issues like yours.
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