Posted 01 March 2005 - 07:48 PM
[whisper]I'm lazy...this is from another forum where I posted this to someone's similar query[/whisper]
There's several factors to consider.
If the motherboard has "Dual Channelling" capabilities then it's best to make sure that if 2 Memory Sticks are being used then they are the same size, and preferably the same brand. eg. "Brand X" x 256 MB sticks. etc. Same goes for 4 slots being used.
Generally more RAM will make the system a bit faster but is mainly only to be able to run more applications without memory being used up and thus causing disk swapping (Page File) which slows things down a bit.
The OS is important as well. If you're using Win98 then more memory helps a lot but Win98 reserves a lot of memory and wastes it. Win2k and XP manage memory pretty well. I use all 3 of the above and Win2k is the best.
I run a P4 3 GHz with 1 GB DDR RAM "Dual Channeled". I have about 20 applications opened at all times, plus bleeploads of processes running, and my free memory rarely drops below 500 MB.
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I think maybe the key to your problem is in the 3 programs you refer to. Most Adobe products load up all their Plugins on start up as do most Graphics Editors such as PhotoShop and Corel Draw. Also those types of programs can hold a large amount of data in the Clipboard, either in RAM or if not enough RAM is available, then in Virtual RAM / Pagefile etc. and that can slow a system down some.
So yeah, more RAM would definitely be a benefit to your Computing habits seeing as how you seem to do Graphics work.
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