I have am currently running a Q6600 (which I can't overclock because of the motherboard! ). I will be installing Windows 7 and am wondering about the memory. My motherboard will allow 4 gigs of ram at 800 or 8 gigs or ram at 667. I currently have 4 gigs of 800 because I have Vista 32 bit.
Would changing to more ram even though its slower help me or not in gaming? I will be using a hd 4890 1 gig gfx card. I play mostly FPS type games and like to have as much graphic detail as possilbe on my 24 in 1920 x 1080 monitor.
I honestly don't really know if I am using all my current memory. I'll admit my knowledge is a little limited. I am just looking for the best performance I can get while gaming and wondered if the 8 gig would be better than the 4.
Only ~3.25 GB of ram can be used from a 32 bit OS.
What I would do would be to buy the 8 gigs of the ddr 667, get 64 bit Vista or Windows 7, and see if I can overclock the memory somewhat. With 8 gigs of ram you should be able to turn of page filing altogether, giving you a little improved performance.