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RAM: 2gb or 1gb?

By Habylab
Oct 3, 2008
  1. I have enough money for either 2gb or 1gb. I like to play music, whilst on the internet with word open too. I use firefox+itunes, which are both memory hoggers. Also, I play games, and notice that it hangs quite allot, so I was wondering whether this would fix that.
    Which should I go for?
     
  2. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,333   +267

    More RAM always helps, especially since you only have 512 MB installed RAM. Keep in mind that 32-bit operating systems (like XP and 32-bit versions of Vista) can only really make use of about 3 GB of RAM.
     
  3. Habylab

    Habylab TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 263

    I have 512mb now and I have an integrated graphics chip. 1gb ok for me?
     
  4. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,333   +267

    The integrated graphics card could also be part of the problem with the games hanging. If the price of 1 GB is close to the price of the 2 GB, you might as well go with the 2 GB, but either will be a substantial improvement over the 512 MB you have.
     
  5. sps

    sps TS Rookie

    to habylab

    I agree with madboyv1 More ram always helps.. 512 MB ram is very low because if you have any anti-anti virus on you pc that anti-virus consume a lot of ram. And you also like to play game on Your pc. So i suggest to upgrade it to 1gb. You can also check how much your pc is consuming Ram and how much is available free.
    For you knowledge i have 2gb ram on xp.

    thanks
     
  6. shadowfox

    shadowfox TS Rookie Posts: 25

    well habylab,
    u like multi tasking rit
    u like using ur p.c to the extreme level
    this y u should upgrade ur Ram to 2gb , try using a seperate graphics card coz onboard tend to acquire memory from ur Ram this reduces the Ram capcity
    also if ur mobo supports DDR 2 ram then go for it DDR2 r faster then the old 1s
    if u can b patient
    ul run into good luck
    companies r comming out with rams faster then DDR2
    it wont b long
    but watever u do try going for a DDR2 2gb ram
    ul enjoy everything
     
  7. Habylab

    Habylab TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 263

  8. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,333   +267

    Honestly if you have £10 to spare, I'd just get the 2 GB.
     
  9. THE TACKMAN

    THE TACKMAN TS Rookie

    Get the 2 Gb. kit and at the first opportunity get yourself an stand alone graphics card.
    Although many Motherboards offer support up to 4 Gb.s memory, unless you are doing extensive editing of video or other labor intensive application, it is a waste.
    You would do better to update your Motherboard completely or if that is too expensive, replace your Celeron chip for a Pentium 4 or better yet core-two duo.
     
  10. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,333   +267

    Having more than 3 GB is a waste if you are running a 32 bit OS, which he is. =o

    While an understandable suggestion, the thread is about adding memory, and not the other stuff. ;)
     
  11. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    2GB is plenty for XP or any 32bit OS.
     
  12. THE TACKMAN

    THE TACKMAN TS Rookie

    I sit corrected?
     
  13. NetCablesPlus

    NetCablesPlus TS Maniac Posts: 228

    Get the 2G RAM if at all possible. No one has ever been sorry that they bought too much RAM...
     
  14. Habylab

    Habylab TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 263

    I am buying them tonight, so you are confusing me. 2gb or 1gb?
     
  15. Habylab

    Habylab TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 263

    Just bought 2gb or ram! Good decision or not?
     
  16. NetCablesPlus

    NetCablesPlus TS Maniac Posts: 228

    Good choice. You will not regret it. Especially as time goes on and the apps you are using require more and more RAM.
     
  17. NetCablesPlus

    NetCablesPlus TS Maniac Posts: 228

    One final comment: back in the 1996-7 timeframe, I had a number of colleagues laugh at me for overbuying RAM. Most people back then were getting 28MB of RAM or possibly 32 MB and once in a great while as much as 48MB. I went crazy and bought 64 MB, an amount that everyone thought would never be unneeded. What it did was buy me better performance, fewer headaches (extra RAM can some times forgive other sins), and longer usefulness of the machine, overall. Basically, though, I had the same types of discussions back then that this thread is dredging up.
     
  18. shadowfox

    shadowfox TS Rookie Posts: 25

    yup
    2gb ddr2 is good if u want to use ur p.c for a long time
    dont buy tooo many rams if ur p.c supports ddr3
    ddr3 is the new type ram, in due course its gonna get cheaper so save some slot for ddr3
    :)
     
  19. VBAssassin

    VBAssassin TS Rookie Posts: 19

    There's no point in "saving" slots. Your computer will downgrade the faster ram so it's compatible with the slower ram.

    In regards to this topic, go to your control panel, and inside administrative tools you will see a performance monitor. Load it up then run a game or load up firefox etc. Then check the performance monitor and see where the bottle neck is. It could be for example your hard drives, your processor, ram, or even graphics card. Upgrade what is causing the bottle neck and then your computer will run faster.

    I have 4GB of ram in my computer, but i rarely use more than 2GB (i don't play games, i do web development). So technically me having 2GB of ram would be the same performance wise as 4GB ;-) I like having 4GB anyway because it comes in useful when using memcache for optimizing web sites ;-)

    Kind regards,
    Scott
     
  20. Habylab

    Habylab TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 263

    I have the 2gb installed now, and it is really fast, no slow-down. I can do a virus scan, and itunes, and firefox and still have a 1gb left!
     
  21. shadowfox

    shadowfox TS Rookie Posts: 25

    see i told u its fast
     
  22. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    That's great!

    You need to identify your computer make/model or motherboard manufacturer in your specs. Then, should you decide to upgrade your video, people can give you correct advice.

    That WILL be your next upgrade.

    :)
     
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