January 5, 2009 at 6:35 pm #28463
Hi Guys.Wondering how much Ram my OS can handle,and when is too much.Be interested to know,how this is determined.I know speed is important,but not clued up in this area.Thanks. 🙂January 5, 2009 at 7:04 pm #30797MitzKeymaster
Windows XP can recognise up to 2GB RAM, or 3GB if you make changes to the boot.ini file. You may be able to fit more in your computer but XP cant use it. Windows Vista can recognise 4GB RAM, but it reserves 1GB for system use, so it will still only show 3GB. No 32 bit OS can use more than 4GB, its a mathematical limitation.If you use a 64bit operation system, you will be be able to make use of 4GB.In my experience, XP works best with 2GB RAM, and VISTA is best with 4GB.You should get at least 800MHz RAM, faster if you can.4x512MB is faster than 2x1GB, which is faster than 1x2GB, but not noticably, so I'd just get whatever the bargains are. Ideally, for your XP System, I'd go for 2x1GB 1066MHz RAM if your board supports it, otherwise 2x1GB 800HMz.
Mitz from Tips4pcJanuary 6, 2009 at 4:05 am #30798
Thanks dak.Information that will help everyone.I went out a while ago and bought 2×1 GIG sticks,and put them in.I asked for the fastest they had. How does this info stack up.I heard Corsair were good.I don't understand all the info. 🙂January 6, 2009 at 7:30 am #30799MitzKeymaster
They are far from the fastest available, but they are pretty much perfect for your purposes. There are some very fancy RAM sticks around, but they can cost up to 10 times as much. What you have is your everyday, garden variety modern PC RAM, which is exactly what you need. DDR2-800, which is what you have, is the sweet spot in PC RAM. You can get much better, but there is no point in your system.. huge extra costs for very little actual performance advantage. In some cases, the high end RAM in the wrong system can actually be a disadvantage, or not work at all. maybe could have got DDR2-1066 instead, if you really wanted that little extra, but the performance advantages would have been minimal anyway.Corsair RAM has a good name, but like anything, they have topline and entry level products. TwinX RAM like this is more on the lower end of the scale, but again, any better is totally un-necessary for home computing, and the benefits of spending a whole bunch more cash would have been very small indeed.If I were building you a new computer, I'd have recommended exactly what you have installed.
Mitz from Tips4pcJanuary 6, 2009 at 3:56 pm #30800
Thanks dak,Glad I got the right Sticks to suit my OS. 🙂EDIT.One further question please.When SIW refers to TMPIN0 TMPIN1 and TMPIN2,under Temp sensors,What are they refering to? Thanks.March 19, 2009 at 5:17 am #30801Merlin33069Participant
generally speaking a temp sensor is a temperature sensor inside of your computer case and will help the computer know what parts are getting hot and when to speed up certain fans.March 19, 2009 at 5:28 am #30802
That's a pretty old Post of mine,Ryan. I have 2 new Computers, and each have V TUNE.Excellent for checking OS temps.These new Tower Cases have a huge variable speed fan, built into the covers,which makes a huge difference to cooling.Hot day here today and my GPU is running at 46C,so I am happy. 🙂March 19, 2009 at 5:29 am #30803Merlin33069Participant
lol, didnt check the date, just posting as i goAugust 7, 2009 at 1:29 pm #30804laptopfan76Participant
I know the post is old but thought this advice could be of value to any new visitors. The amount of RAM differs between laptop computers and personal computers but there is a good tool from Crucial which can analyse how much RAM your computer can take and more importantly which type is needed. I'm sure there are other checkers around, but this one's pretty good – http://www.crucial.com/uk/systemscanner/MacOS.aspx?click=trueMatthew,HPJune 27, 2012 at 5:25 am #30805gladiolusParticipant
This has been really a very informative post… thanks for sharing info…October 19, 2012 at 1:57 am #30806Nyle RemeParticipant
RAM is essential part of computer therefore I would like to thanks you for the set of information presented by you in this contextDecember 24, 2012 at 7:00 am #30807okidoquiParticipant
When it comes to adding system memory, the general rule of thumb is the more, the better. The amount of RAM your computer can hold will vary dependent on the motherboard it contains.
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