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    Default Optimal amount of ram for gaming?

    What would yall say is the least amount you should have for gaming? The best?

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    Default Re: Optimal amount of ram for gaming?

    The least amount of RAM for gaming is the least amount of RAM your operating system will boot with. This assumes your "gaming" is Freecell and Minesweeper.

    The "best" amount of RAM for gaming is 128GB. This is the maximum amount of RAM a modern 64-bit OS can currently access.

    (you really need to be more specific)

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    Default Re: Optimal amount of ram for gaming?

    4GB, considering thats a good amount without going overboard from 4GB to 128GB ram I don't think you would see much a increase in most games, since they don't really seem to take up any more than 2-3gb at a time.

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    Default Re: Optimal amount of ram for gaming?

    In my experience, 2GB (min) for XP and 3GB (min) for Vista to have the best performance. Also, disabling your page file may be of use depending upon hard drive speed. It is very risky, but I have found it to have some benefit.

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    Default Re: Optimal amount of ram for gaming?

    Doesn't boost ready help in gaming as well?
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    Default Re: Optimal amount of ram for gaming?

    It will, but its effect is dependent upon your hard drive speed/amount of RAM. If you have a 7.2k drive with 3GB+, you will see near to no difference as compared to a huge difference on a 5.4k drive with 1 GB of ram. If you fit in the second category it is worthwhile, if you fit into the first I would not even worry about about.

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    Default Re: Optimal amount of ram for gaming?

    Yea, I agree. I wouldn't bother using ready boost unless your low on ram. I gave it a try, and for me, it was useless.

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    Default Re: Optimal amount of ram for gaming?

    Readyboost is primarily designed to allow older computers with slow hard drives and minimal amounts of RAM to run Vista as smoothly as possible. It doesn't really serve a gaming performance purpose.

    Depending on what kind of games you're trying to run, I'd say 1GB for XP and 2GB for Vista is the minimum to get decent performance.
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    4GB ram should handle today's and the a couple years in the future.
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    Default Re: Optimal amount of ram for gaming?

    4gb is fine for most games, the only ones which would see an increase in performance are crysis, gta 4 etc.

    In the long run, don't bother going higher than 4gb unless you need it for other programs which do a lot of number crunching. Once you go past 4gb the prices normally ramp up a lot too

 

 
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