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4 Gigs vs 8 Gigs for Windows 7

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October 8, 2010 9:53:24 PM

Would having more than 4 Gigs improve performance for Windows 7 Pro? I'm debating between 4 gigs and 8 gigs. We're talking about normal everyday activites and some slight gaming.

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October 8, 2010 10:07:29 PM

If its 32 bit windows 7 the answer is definitely no

and if its 64 bit windows 7 the answer is also no unless you are running 64 bit applications ....of which there are exceptionally few
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October 8, 2010 10:10:09 PM

^+1. There are very few programs that can use 8GB RAM. If you are doing heavy multi tasking (ie Photoshop, Pr, and Vegas all open at once doing work on all of those at once) then 8GB would help, assuming you have a 64bit OS.
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October 8, 2010 10:16:27 PM

Sorry about that. It is 64 bit. Thanks for the fast responses! 4 gigs it is.
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October 8, 2010 10:16:43 PM

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October 9, 2010 1:53:32 AM

I have 8 gigs of ddr2 ram but I decided to take 4 out and I'm going to sell them on CL. The reason for this is that I didn't see much benefit and it was making my overclock unstable from what I could tell.

I bought it cheap (30$ for each 2x2 set) and just wanted to try it, but even alt-tab-ing out of games I wasn't hitting more than 4, with firefox open, etc.

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October 9, 2010 8:06:09 AM

Outlander_04 said:
If its 64 bit windows 7 the answer is also no unless you are running 64 bit applications ....of which there are exceptionally few

Not quite true. You might want to run two or more 32-bit applications, each using 3GB, at the same time. Most likely scenario would be if you are running Virtual Machines. In that case the 8GB available to 64-bit Windows would be a distinct improvement over 4GB.
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October 9, 2010 8:41:59 AM

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