DO I NEED MORE RAM?

Hi There :)

My Problem is that I currently have a C2D @ 2.67Ghz and 9600gt green edition so it only has 256mb dedicated RAM, I have 2gb ddr2 800mhz system RAM and my graphics card is taking 767mb of my system RAM, leaving about 1.25gb for everything else.

I think this is what is causing some lagg on Call of Duty United Offensive (Fairly old game) and a few other games, and game stutter on some newer games is this right and will buying more RAM improve on these problems?

Also I used to be able to play metro 2033 on low with a res of about 1024*768 on a 7900gtx, but now i cant even run it on low @ 800*600 without the game freezing and stuttering.
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  1. dude just get the ram or a new build. sorry my comp that had ddr2 died and i went to run fly and threw it out the window.. to my surprise the dell didn't fly it sounded like a jet engine so i thought it might not a chance
  2. You will need another system to run those recent games on... and I would advise in using a desktop for gaming, not even so called "gaming laptops" will stand up to the task when compared to a gaming desktop.
  3. 4GB RAM is really where you should be at for gaming, but you'll benefit from up to 8GB.

    However, as previous posters have said, you may want to consider a new PC. Your CPU is fairly old, and your GPU (while still passable) won't run Metro 2033 at particularly high settings/framerates.

    Ideally if replacing your PC you'd want a desktop, and not a laptop. There are some laptops out there that can game, but you'll always pay more for a gaming laptop, and it won't last as long (as you can't upgrade them as thoroughly.)

    Hope that helps,

    Good luck,

    -Nih
  4. Thanx for the replies :P gonna get 8Gb kingston Hyper x 1600Mhz
  5. Good choice! But before you buy the RAM, make sure your motherboard supports DDR3 RAM or the RAM you're getting.
  6. the 9600GT is a lot weaker than the 7900GTX.
  7. 13thmonkey said:
    the 9600GT is a lot weaker than the 7900GTX.

    Yesiree, series numbers matter to an extent but those last few number are going to tell you quite a bit about its capability.
  8. Origin,
    B4 you waste your money on 8 gigs of RAM you need to know your system.
    1) Do you have a 64bit OS? if no 8gigs will do you no good as 32bit only supports 3.5gigs of memory.
    2) What is the max memory can your mobo can handle
    3) How many memory slots do you have?
    4) What is the max memory capacity each slot can hold?

    Example: no point in getting 4 2gig sticks when you only have 2 memory slots that support a max of 4gigs of memory.

    If you have 32bit OS add 2 more gigs and get a new video card (3.5 usable)
    If you have a 64bit OS add 2 more gigs and get a new video card (4gigs usable)
    Either way your video card won't be sucking up your memory and you'll have plenty mem left over.
    (PS if you have the ca$h and 64bit OS then add more memory, 6 gigs is fine, i don't know many games that will use more than 6 gigs of mem with a decent video card).
  9. I have Win 7 64bit, 2 ddr2 slots and 2 ddr3 slots, on the asrock ite it says maximum supported by both ddr3 and ddr2 are 8gb, so I was gonna buy two 4Gb sticks, I know what im looking for. :D

    oh and my mobo is Asrock P41C-DE, I know its old and crappy.
  10. 13thmonkey said:
    the 9600GT is a lot weaker than the 7900GTX.


    9600gt must be at least a bit better in some way, because i can max out bioshock 2 at 1280*720 on DX10 and I could never do that with a 7900gtx
  11. origin1992 said:
    9600gt must be at least a bit better in some way, because i can max out bioshock 2 at 1280*720 on DX10 and I could never do that with a 7900gtx

    That's because the 7900 isn't dx10.
  12. @origin1992, glad u know your stuff, enjoy the extra memory!!
  13. oh erm one more thing, if I buy 1600Mhz RAM for a mobo supporting max 1333Mhz ram will it just run the RAM at a slower speed? (1333Mhz), or just not work at all.

    and thanks for all the replies :D
  14. It will work, but at 1333 Mhz, so buying 1600 for a 1333 mobo is a waste of money.
  15. I have 8GB of Ram DDR3 And it runs at 1333 MHz, With a windows rating of 7.7...

    But It runs WoW At ULTRA with 60 fps solid... So yeah :D
  16. FlintIronStagg said:
    That's because the 7900 isn't dx10.


    Couldn't max it out on dx9 or 10 with 7900gtx (obviously 7900gtx doesn't support dx10)
  17. Whats annoying on these forums is you ask a question and people just keep teeling you to get a new computer arrrgh thats not the answer i wanted
  18. although i did get the answer, thanks to jgiron.
  19. 8GB. should work fine and will improve things to an extent (plus moving to DDR3 @1600 vs. DDR2 @800 should help also) but the system is showing it's age so don't expect miracles by adding it !
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