The system uses 1/2 of my 2 GB memory at most?

By gamerex
Aug 5, 2008
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  1. If the system uses half of my 2 GB memory, if I buy a 4 GB memory, will it use 2 GB's instead?
  2. Justin

    Justin Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,595

    If you are using Windows, no. What it uses is what it uses, and with the exclusion of Vista the OS itself along with most desktop apps don't actually consume much RAM.

    The advantage of having large quantities of RAM will make itself most apparent in applications that can make use of it, such as newer, system-intensive games, CAD software, etc.

    A few games that make use of vast amounts of RAM off the top of my head include Battlefield 2, Battlefield 2142, F.E.A.R, et cetera.

    Also note that if you are using a 32bit edition of Windows, it's impossible for you to make use of that full 4GB of RAM.

    Unless you have a pressing need for 4GB, 2GB will do you fine.
  3. gamerex

    gamerex TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 176

    Theoretically speaking, if I had 8 GB RAM, all usable, could I turn off page file?
  4. CCT

    CCT Newcomer, in training Posts: 3,556

  5. Gflo

    Gflo Newcomer, in training Posts: 105

    i got vista 64bit and with only the desktop running i lose about 30% of my 4GB ram

    VISTA IS A RAM HOG
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