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January 18, 2001 7:53:02 PM

So, I'm pricing out systems (no, I'm not building because I'm a wuss :p . What's the incremental performance benefit of 384MBs of RAM over 286? I'm thinking of a 1.2 Tbird w/ 133 FSB and DDR RAM (probably WinME). Certainly there is a benefit, but is it significant? Or should I just go w/ 286 and buy a 128 stick later on if I need it? This will used for mostly gaming (and bring work home).


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a b } Memory
January 18, 2001 8:00:19 PM

As far as I'm concerned, 256 PC2100 DDR-SDRAM is more than enough for any home user. Go with recognized brands though (Crucial, Mushkin, Corsair, for example).

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a b } Memory
January 18, 2001 8:10:47 PM

256mb for winme is fine. You many want to consider 384 if you are running 2k.


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a b } Memory
January 18, 2001 10:52:41 PM

128 is adequate, 256 is plenty, 384 is overkill, 512 is insane! You can never have too much ram, up to the capacity of the motherboard!

Suicide is painless...........
January 19, 2001 1:25:06 AM

Well, that's a consensus. Although I think, Crashman, you got a little ahead of yourself ;)  Thanks, that's $150 saved for my lazy ass.
a b } Memory
January 19, 2001 1:39:28 AM

Hey, I wish I could have 4GB! And a good program to cache an entire application to it!

Suicide is painless...........
January 19, 2001 1:44:23 AM

Which brings up a good point. Does anyone use a "FreeRAM" type program? Seen 'em around but never bothered using one. Curious if they are useful or not.
a b } Memory
January 19, 2001 1:54:18 AM

I do, but haven't really seen any difference.

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a b } Memory
January 19, 2001 4:43:23 PM

Whoa, Crashman! You just got to the OLD HAND level...
I'm not worthy...!

Better go Green than Blue!
January 19, 2001 6:45:47 PM

CPUcool has a free memory feature, I use it on my Win9x/ME macines, it helps a helluvalot.
For one, Win9x doesn't free memory worth a crap after its been running for a week or so, use this to free the ram, then its good to go for another week.
beyond that, occasionally it will free up more ram for games, but there is no big performance increase in general, especially not in NT/2k...
January 24, 2001 6:48:06 PM

all anybody really needs is 640k! :) 
January 29, 2001 9:22:38 PM

I run with 416MB Ram, but I couldn't detect a major difference from having 192MB. As the others say, I think 256MB is a good number to operate with.