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Posted 15 September 2014 - 05:05 PM
Posted 15 September 2014 - 05:34 PM
Everything you listed as a system acivity...is routine for a system with 4GB of RAM, IMO.
I don't game so I can't comment on high-end games and RAM...but I always thought that the video RAM would be the key element in those situations, rather than the system RAM. Unless you have an old motherboard employing system RAM for video...system RAM should not be a major consideration in my uneducated opinion.
Posted 16 September 2014 - 06:34 AM
It depends on the specs of your machine, on what the bottleneck is. On a slower machine, more than 6 gigs won't show much improvement imo, and in terms of system speed improvement, the money is better spent on the bottleneck (the slowest thing in the computer, potentially the cpu, or the video card, or hard drive.)
The ram slots come in pairs (usually 1 and 3, 2 and 4), labelled like A1 B1 A2 B2, that sort of thing - sometimes they are color coded. Ideally you want to have matching ram chips in those paired slots (likely 2/4/2/4). Mixing ram is fine, but I believe that all of the ram will run as slowly as the slowest ram you have (this has to do with transmission speeds or whatever they call it. More ram still = faster performance in large tasks though because there's more space).
I have 8 gigs of ram, and the #1 thing that would make my computer faster is getting an SSD for c drive. Not more ram.
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