More RAM for Vista?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by ray_gillespie, Oct 23, 2007.

  1. ray_gillespie

    ray_gillespie Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    Hi guys,

    I'm looking at getting some more RAM for my system, my current specs (in case my sig goes offline again) are:

    Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
    MSI 975X Platinum
    2GB PC5300 DDRII RAM
    Geforce 7600GT

    At the moment I'm running Vista, everything runs fine and is pretty quick, but I'm not sure how long my 2GB of RAM will be sufficient for next-gen games and newer applications (I edit big photos and videos too). Although my graphics card will need upgrading for newer games, I'll cross that bridge when I come to it :)

    So the question is, will I see the benefit from installing another 2GB of RAM, exactly the same spec? It's currently on Crucial.com for £34 including postage, which seems pretty good to me considering I paid over £100 for the same thing less than a year ago!

    I know that with Vista 32-bit (which I am currrently running) will only see about 3.5GB but as I'm doing this for 'future proofing' and I can get a free 64-bit disc for my existing 32-bit Vista, so I don't think that will be a problem.

    Cheers guys.
     
  2. madmatt

    madmatt Bow Down to the King Political User

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    Vista x86 will see 3325MB, I speak from experience.

    With 60 processes (Outlook, IE, WMP included) I am using 1.25GB right now. Throw on Photoshop CS3 and Nero Burning ROM 8 and I am using 1.50GB (during burning).
     
  3. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    matt, I'm surprised you don't have a 64 bit version that will see all you can afford
     
  4. madmatt

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    I will be switching to x64 during my next reformat (soon), but at the time UltraMon lacked 64-bit support.