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Hey guys I'm about to upgrade from 128RAM to 320RAM I just was wondering what are the benefits for having alot of RAM for games in general?....just courious.

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Faster loading times, less caching, an overall improvement in system performance. No reason not to get more, and it's dirt cheap now.. go for it

[ 11-13-2001: Message edited by: Parias ]

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Well, There's alot of benefits...

Faster Load times(Due to less Disk Cacheing for one)

Smoother game play(for same reason)

well... there's alot, but those are the only two that come to mind immediatly.

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My new box is currently computing with 512megs of ram, and it is pure heaven. The machines I build for other people generally come with 256megs. There is a small noticible performance difference between the two.

Now my wife's machine ony has 72megs of ram, and.....well, I don't want to go there, and its bearly worth upgrading.

[ 11-13-2001: Message edited by: GREG MILLER ]

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256MB is a must, Windows is a ram hog. It can take up to at least 128MB. If you have all those little extra programs like ICQ, it can load your comp down even more. So just get some more while the prices stay down.

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FPS increases will be negligeable if at all. Fps increase can only really be seen by upgrading 1st your CPU and 2nd your vid card.

For instance, with a geforce 2 card an increase in cpu will bennifit you fps more. However, if your mobo will only allow up to 850mhz (like an Abit be-6ii) then the cheap cpu (around 100) and an upgrade to a gf3 ti200 or if you can afford it ti500 will yeild the best results.

However, don't be fooled into thinking a gf2mx with 64mb of ram is better than the same card with 32mb. There's not enough bandwidth on the card for the extra 32mb's to make any difference. it's just a sale point. that comes direct from nvidia before you decide to argue the fact.

My mantra, when building/upgrading machines: 256mb of Ram is the bare min. If you're just gaming or doing office work, don't bother with the upgrade past that point. However, if you're upgrading to winXP; doing 3d or video post work; or just a nut about filling every available slot then be sure and get as much as you can afford.

However, in any system, once you hit 512mb of ram, the upgrade in CPU/Graphics Card/IDE bus are far better performance upgrades.

Hope this helps to confuse the issue... er, clear up the issue (hehe)

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After I upgraded to 1.5GB, I find that MAX dips into the swap file less... at least until I get up to about 1 or 2 mil polys.

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