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Is 3.5GB Worth It?

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January 4, 2010 1:39:51 AM

Just wondering if 3.5 GB of RAM is worth it? Does it increase performance on games? I currently have 2.0GbB of RAM in my comp, but i feel that i might need more? Finally, i know that certain computers can only recognize a certain amount, but i know for sure mine can hold 3.5GB Ram MAX, is it worth it to get 1.512GB>


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January 4, 2010 5:29:54 AM

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January 4, 2010 5:40:48 AM

You should post the rest of your system specs-- then it will be more clear if ram would speed up or have no effect on your computer.

The operating system and processor are particularly important when deciding.
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January 4, 2010 2:44:55 PM

32 bit operating systems (computer type is irrelevant) can address a maximum of 4 GB of memory. Because X86 CPU's (both Intel and AMD) use memory mapped I/O, they need some of that space. Typically, that leaves 3.25 GB - 3.5 GB of space for the memory.

I routinely put 4 GB (2 X 2GB) in all my computers when DDR2 RAM was relatively inexpensive last year.

Can't have too much memory, be too rich, or be too thin. I'm batting .333 right now. :) 
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January 4, 2010 5:46:54 PM

jsc said:
I routinely put 4 GB (2 X 2GB) in all my computers when DDR2 RAM was relatively inexpensive last year.

Same here, it was going for 50% less than it does today and no 2 x 1.5GB sets :lol:  available, so there was no reason not to.
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January 4, 2010 6:48:06 PM

I'm not sure I'd buy any DDR2 at this point... its price has gone up... and the platforms that actually support DDR2 are becoming a bit long in the tooth. To me it would be a sunk cost... with not enough payback to justify the expense.
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January 4, 2010 8:57:02 PM

deadlockedworld said:
You should post the rest of your system specs-- then it will be more clear if ram would speed up or have no effect on your computer.

The operating system and processor are particularly important when deciding.


Okay, my system specs are:

Intel (R) Pentium (R) D CPU 2.80GHz 2.79GHz

Windows Vista 32bit

Mobo/Case: Dell DIM E520

Is this all you really need?

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January 4, 2010 9:26:44 PM

Does RAM increase Framerate in games? I got a 9800GT
But when i play Left 4 Dead on recommened settings it goes like 18 - 25 Fps. Whats up with that? All my cards did the same thing, so will this increase FPS?
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January 4, 2010 11:19:04 PM

these Pentium D cpu are running very hot, and often throttle down in speed if the cooling is bad. You can download throttlewatch (google) to see if it is the case, and cleaning the cooler may help a lot if it has not be done in years
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January 4, 2010 11:54:57 PM

Okay ill try it thanks.
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January 5, 2010 7:05:32 PM

Does RAM increase Framerate in games? I got a 9800GT
But when i play Left 4 Dead on recommened settings it goes like 18 - 25 Fps. Whats up with that? All my cards did the same thing, so will this increase FPS?
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