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Program/Test to determine if more RAM needed

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by klassic, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. klassic

    klassic Regular member

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    Is there any software or tests that one can run to determine if more RAM is needed for a system? Possibly recommend a how much to get.

    I have a compaq with an Athlon 64 3500. It has 512MB PC3200. 64MB allocated to onboard Video.

    I always have several programs running at once. Typical set is as follows:
    Firefox (4-6 tabs)
    Thunderbird
    FileZilla
    Excel (2-4 spreadsheets)
    Photoshop 7.0
    AVG AV
    ZoneAlarm
    Weather Watcher
     
  2. ddp

    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    check in your task manager to see what percentage of ram is available
     
  3. onya

    onya Guest

    If you upgrade to 1 Gig of RAM(minimum) and get yourself a graphics card with 128 mb of RAM(preferably 256mb) then you'll definetly notice the speed difference, especially when gaming and using photoshop.
     
  4. klassic

    klassic Regular member

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    Well this is my work pc so gaming is not necessary. I do know that the on board video can use up to 128 or possible 256mb ram. But there is no way to change it in the bios. It is a grayed option. I think as you put more ram in the computer it automatically steps up the video ram.

    We had another gig stick lying around the office so I through that in there. I know its not running dual channel now, but I would rather have 1.5 gigs of single channel than 512 in dual channel.
     
  5. gtjr_ph

    gtjr_ph Regular member

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    run first task manager, run a software(s)/game that you usually use then check task manager the highest(peak)/(commit charge) ram usage will be your cue to what mb you should buy
     

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