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31. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 18, 2012, 21:34 jimnms
 
PHJF wrote on Aug 18, 2012, 14:53:
Yes, get 16GB of RAM when no consumer-grade application uses more than four... makes perfect sense...

RAM is cheap, a 16GB kit is only about $40 more than an 8GB kit, so if you're going to build a super gaming rig, why not? No one single application may use more than 4GB, and with 8GB you'll still get swapping running some games and/or heavy multitasking. It also gives Windows' Superfetch more to work with.

I originally built my system with 4GB. I would always close everything when running games, but it still hit the swap file pretty hard. I later bought an 8GB kit, and ran with just the 8GB while I burned it in. It made a world of difference, but I still got some swapping. I put my 4GB in with it. I was worried I might have problems since they were different brands and timings, but they played nice.

Going from 8GB to 12GB was just as much a difference as going from 4GB to 8GB. Now I fire up games without closing down other programs without giving it a second thought, and I have never seen Windows touch the swap file. I used to have to use my netbook to check email and look shit up on the internet while gaming, but now I just leave everything running and ALT tab out of the game without any slowdowns.
 
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