I'm sure you're tired of hearing people complain about ram, however, windows is going a bit crazy with this. I have a total of 8GB of Physical RAM.
So when I normally idle with the basic windows programs idling, I'm at 2.2 GB. Then with Spotify, TS3, and Steam idling, I'm at about 2.6 GB.
Now if I tried running Premiere, edit, and then encode a video within 2 hours of startup, I don't usually pass 6.5GB of ram even with those previous things running.
Now fast forward to about 5-6 hours after startup, and now with no user programs running, and just windows on idle, it's idling anywhere from 3.9 to 4.6GB. Now when I start Premiere and open a project, it's up to 6GB before I even start doing anything.
I know Windows is supposed to balance the RAM usage by itself, but it's a bit ridiculous. Even after leaving Premiere open for 30 minutes before doing anything, the RAM still doesn't fix itself. So then when I start editing, it usually shoots up to around 7.7GB and then before you know it, either Premiere crashes, or my computer just freezes and shuts off.
I have tried the trick where you go in MSConfig and change the max memory, but that just limits the memory, so when I open Premiere I'm already at 3.5 of the 4 GB limit I set.
If anyone has tried anything else that works or at least has an idea of how to fix this, It would be greatly appreciated. I'd love to get another 8GB, but there are more important things to be spending my money on and I'd rather try to fix this first. ^_^
So I went into the msconfig and disabled the start up of multiple programs, the major ones that I didn't open yet are Skype and a few other minor things I don't use anymore. My computer has been running for about 6 hours now, and it's only at 3.3 GB used with Steam, Chrome, TS3, and a game open. It's idling at about 2.1 GB. It appears that it's probably skype, I've heard there's been problems with it, and even if you disable it, it just leaks for absolutely no reason.
However it appears the problem has been fixed as of now. Thanks to both of you for providing insight into my problem to help me fix it. If anything else happens I'll just bump this thread and let you guys know.