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RAM Usable and Slowdown on Games.

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April 6, 2012 11:17:20 PM

Hello,

My computer has some problems i am deciding to deal with now rather than later.

Firstly is related to my RAM.

I have 2x2GB Hyundai The RAM i think is meant to be 667Mhz or 800Mhz, it is DDR2 and i feel the RAM is the cause of MASSIVE slowdown in my games, CPUZ shows my RAM at 333Mhz, and when i am on Windows Task Manager it says this:

Physical Memory (MB)
Total 4095
Cached 1278
Available 1773
Free 547

So could this be the cause of my slow games?

It shows only having 547MB or about this much free, Windows regularly uses 1.98GB when no windows are open, i understand that i have basically or SHOULD have 2GB to play or use freely, I know that near enough any game these days will not run properly on even 1GB.


Here is a list of games i can run and cannot run on different settings:


Can Run:

Garry's Mod - Highest Settings, 1920x1080 (75FPS)
CSS - Highest Settings, 1920x1080 (75-200FPS)
RAGE - Highest Settings, 1920x1080 (45-90FPS)
The Elder Scrolls V : Skyrim - High Preset, FXAA, 1920X1080 (45-60FPS)
Crysis 2 - Lowest, 1600x900 (25-100FPS)

Cannot Run:

GTA IV - Lowest Settings, 1290x720 (9-14FPS)
Saints Row 3 - Low/Medium Settings, 1280x720 (18-25FPS)

Sometimes Garry's Mod Becomes Unplayable around about 15FPS.

System Specifications:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 @ 2.5GHz (Runs at about 80% on Skyrim at 60c)
RAM: Hyundai 2x2GB DDR2 667/800Mhz @ 333Mhz
GPU: XFX HD 5770 1GB GDDR5
PSU: Cooler Master GX650W 80+ Bronze
HDD1: 80GB IDE 5400RPM
HDD2: 240GB SATA II 5400RPM (Where the games are kept)
Heatsink: Standard Intel Q8300 Heatsink

Please if someone could help me it would be a dream come true :D 

Thanks in advance

-Declan
April 6, 2012 11:36:03 PM



Here is what Resource Monitor shows.
April 7, 2012 12:29:46 AM

Are you using a 64 bit OS? You should probably throw another 2 or 4 GB of RAM in there, but it requires a 64 bit operating system to recognize. Either that or replace the 4GB you have now with 4GB of faster DDR2. Either way, if you know how you should run some cleanup programs to minimize the amount of crud your computer has to deal with, and disable startup programs and background processes from taking up your systems resources. It sounds like that's a hidden problem for you at the moment. Plus your hard drive is kinda slow, it's just a combination of small things.
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April 7, 2012 3:41:26 PM

robertnewton said:
Are you using a 64 bit OS? You should probably throw another 2 or 4 GB of RAM in there, but it requires a 64 bit operating system to recognize. Either that or replace the 4GB you have now with 4GB of faster DDR2. Either way, if you know how you should run some cleanup programs to minimize the amount of crud your computer has to deal with, and disable startup programs and background processes from taking up your systems resources. It sounds like that's a hidden problem for you at the moment. Plus your hard drive is kinda slow, it's just a combination of small things.


Sorry i woke up a little late, anyway, I am running 64Bit Windows 7 I think it's profesional.

Thing is, my other 2 DIMM slots on my Motherboard are broken, so i have to stick with the 4GB of RAM i got now, but im soon to do a big upgrade.

Thanks for your reply, if there any updates ill post them here :) 
April 8, 2012 2:01:59 AM

Definitely. As I said before, run some cleanup and speed up programs, do a little tuning up and maybe replace one of those 2GB sticks with a 4 or an 8 as long as your motherboard's max memory can support it and you should by stylin dude
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