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#1 derek.ellis

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 12:56 AM

My system is running 2GB of RAM right now. I can upgrade to 4GB

The task manager says i am using 1.54GB, or about 77%

At what percentage should i add more RAM?

My system has been running smoothly, but, it does have an occasional slowdown. Is 77% usage of RAM too close to the max that i should upgrade?

Edited by derek.ellis, 23 May 2012 - 12:57 AM.


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Posted 23 May 2012 - 02:04 AM

Is 77% usage of RAM too close to the max that i should upgrade?

The generally listed (required) operating level is to have about 20% free space (15% minimum) without problems.
You can remove any unused programs / stored items, or now is a very good time to upgrade (double) your RAM -

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 02:49 PM

IMO..there io little point in paying attention to RAM usage if there are no problems. Those RAM states are useful only when there is a problem and you don't seem to have one.

Example: I have 4GB installed on this system, I am currently in Win XP. Task Manager tells me that I have 3.4GB installed and 2.7GB available...none of that is important, since I know that I have 4GB installed and I don't care how much is "available" or "used" at any given point in time...unless I develop a problem. RAM is not money, it's meant to be used...not saved for a rainy day :). If you install 4GB, Windows will use it as efficiently as possible and you can forget about Task Manager RAM figures...until you have a problem.

You should have 4GB installed at a minimum for Win 7, whether 32-bit or 64-bit. If 64-bit Windows, then you could install more but I don't reommend it (since you got along with 2GB before) and you won't gain much.

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 03:40 PM

32 bit OS has RAM Limitations of 4GB
64 bit OS has Ram Limitation of 192GB

Because of diminishing returns 4/8GB is enough

16GB-192GB is for severs, movie editing and high processing applications

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#5 derek.ellis

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 11:15 PM

32 bit OS has RAM Limitations of 4GB
64 bit OS has Ram Limitation of 192GB

Because of diminishing returns 4/8GB is enough

16GB-192GB is for severs, movie editing and high processing applications




The max amount of RAM for a 64 Bit CPU is 16 exabytes. that is 2^64 GB of RAM.

Edited by derek.ellis, 23 May 2012 - 11:18 PM.


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Posted 24 May 2012 - 10:55 AM


32 bit OS has RAM Limitations of 4GB
64 bit OS has Ram Limitation of 192GB

Because of diminishing returns 4/8GB is enough

16GB-192GB is for severs, movie editing and high processing applications




The max amount of RAM for a 64 Bit CPU is 16 exabytes. that is 2^64 GB of RAM.


I was taking it from http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa366778(v=vs.85).aspx Sorry, I should of reference it

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 04:35 PM

I would reccommend having at least 4GB of Ram for a windows 7 Computer.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 05:28 PM

Definition
RAM (random access memory)
RAM can be compared to a person's "short-term" memory and the hard disk to the "long-term" memory.
The short-term memory focuses on work at hand, but can only keep so many facts in view at one time. If short-term memory fills up, your brain sometimes is able to refresh it from facts stored in long-term memory.
A computer also works this way. If RAM fills up, the processor needs to continually go to the hard disk to overlay old data in RAM with new, slowing down the computer's operation. Unlike the hard disk which can become completely full of data so that it won't accept any more, RAM never runs out of memory. It keeps operating, but much more slowly than you may want it to.

So if you have no general operating problems, 2GB is OK for many people. My last XP only had 1GB and was more than OK for me.
However if you play intensive on-line games etc. 4GB is usually better in a 32bit system for the above listed reasons.
I have a XP with 2GB of RAM that will never be used by that system, but my Windows7 laptop came with 4GB of RAM installed (seems to be almost normal these days), and there is no way I will ever use that amount of "short term" memory.

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 12:21 AM

I think i am going to be upgrading to 4GB sometime this summer.
I am also planning on upgrading to a 1TB Hdd. My 250GB Hdd is getting pretty full.
I am also planning on upgrade my Graphics card (GPU) to 1GB. i have 256MB right now.
I will be doing some research and trying find the most powerful CPU my system can handle too.
I think those upgrades will make my system last me another 3-4 years. its already 4 years old. Many people have complimented how well my system runs, for as old as it is.

My First system i bought in 2002 lasted me until 2008, thats because i was destroyed. I wonder how long i could have kept it running before i had to retire it.

Edited by derek.ellis, 25 May 2012 - 12:23 AM.





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