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#1 12x48y

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 06:50 PM

I know very little about upgrading PC's, but, hopefully someone can help me out.

I'm getting these low virtual memory warnings, ( or something like that)
But that doesn't surprise me. I'm rendering fairly large animations in Blender for export to AVI,
on a PC with 512 MB ram. :thumbsup: I'm looking to upgrade, or tweek my PC.
Would more ram give me more virtual memory?

Can I increase something here to get better performance?

From Aida:

Swap space:
Total 1125 MB
Used 173 MB
Free 951 MB
Utilization 15%

Physical memory;
Total 479 MB
Used 294 MB
Free 185 MB
Utilization 61%

Virtual memory;
Total 1605 MB
Used 486 MB
Free 1136 MB
Utilization 29%


BTW, I already disabled many features, and services following the advise at Blackviper, and BC. That helped quite a bit.
But it's still struggling on some blender scenes.


This is a Sony Vaio.
Windows XP Home SP2.
C drive 17.18 GB
D drive 106.34 GB

From Belarc Advisor;

model PVC-RX851 (UC) 28471137
2.40 GHz Intel P4
8 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache.
480 MB installed memory.
asust ek computer INC P4S533VX REV 1.xx
Bus clock 133 mhz.

According to Aida, I have 3 'DIMM' slots, one has 512 MB PC2100 DDR SD RAM, two of which are empty.

How much Ram can this PC handle?

This is one of three PC's that I would like to use as part of a small render. So what can I do to get as much performance out of it as possible?


Thanks in advance.
Mark

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 07:16 PM

Your best way to go, IMO, is a memory upgrade. You can go HERE. Using the drop down menu(s) choose the proper model. It will let you know the max amount of memory and type it will allow.

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 09:29 PM

There is no PVC-RX851, there is, however, a PCV-RX851. Here's its product page.

According to Sony, that PC comes standard with 512 MB PC2100 DDR-SDRAM, expandable to 1.5 GB.

This PC is quite old and may not render very well given the system specifications. I would be looking at getting, or building, a new one in the near future. I haven't heard of many systems that have motherboards with three slots, they usually have four or, with some high-end models, six. If that computer does have three slots and two are empty, you can use the PQI POWER Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 266 (PC 2100) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model MD641GUOE-X2.

Edited by DJBPace07, 04 September 2009 - 09:31 PM.

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 01:39 PM

There is no PVC-RX851, there is, however, a PCV-RX851.


Oops, sorry, it is PCV-RX851, :huh: time for a new pair of glasses. :huh:

Very, very helpful, thanks guys. :thumbsup:
Seems that a 1.5 gig upgrade would allow it to render much quicker.

It is an old machine, 2002, but it runs great. I know it might be at the end of it's days.
Might be worth the gamble, though. Not a large sum of money involved.

Just one more question please, If this machine suddenly dies, can I use the ram
in a new build, I mean to say, is this type of ram common? Or is it outdated?


Thanks again.
Mark

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 02:49 PM

That motherboard uses standard DDR RAM, most new models use DDR3 RAM. DDR, DDR2, and DDR3 are not compatible. Rendering may not be fast on that PC since it is a single-core Pentium 4 and doesn't come with a discrete graphics card. If your PC suddenly dies, you may be able to reuse the optical drive, but that is about it.

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 07:50 PM

OK, so the ram upgrade probably won't help the render times very much.

Like you said, might be time for a new windows box.

In blender, it takes 5 hours to render 300 frames, (about 9 seconds of video)
It takes a little less than an hour with my Macbook.

So I'll keep this Vaio for video editing.

Meantime, I'll inquire over at the blender boards to see what computer they're all using.

Thank you for all your help. :thumbsup:
Mark




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