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1queensking
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Icon 12 posted November 02, 2008 14:56      Profile for 1queensking     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I have a amd athalon pc3200 cpu in a factory compaq. 250 gb sata hd. 1 gig ram. just replaced the integrated graphics with nvidia 86oogt 512 mb card. Now would you add ram?i have 2 open slots and 2 with 512 in them...please help me with what to put in thanks
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Icon 1 posted November 02, 2008 16:59      Profile for GrumpySteen     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
RAM is comparitively cheap as upgrades go and is likely, but not guaranteed, to provide a noticable performance bump if you're running software that uses a lot of memory or running lots of programs at the same time.

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Icon 1 posted November 03, 2008 10:14      Profile for tweety   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Just keep in mind that with that hardware (I'm assuming it's 32 bit) the most you'll be able to utilize is 4GB of RAM. And, with Win XP/Vista you'll actually only be using about 3.2GB of that 4GB. I'd love to explain why, but the best I can do has something to do with how Windows allocates/maps RAM for the GPU, even if the GPU has its own dedicated RAM. Now, with Linux I'm not too sure. But, I believe that any 32-bit OS (Windows, Linux, OS X) will be able to access less than the full 4GB. Now, having said that, I believe OS X Leopard (the latest) will use all 4 GB, but I could be wrong.

So, what am I saying? Essentially, RAM is cheap, fill it up with as much as you can, but I wouldn't put more than 4 GB as you'll most likely never actually use it all.

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________________ 1queensking From your ID I draw that you are some lovely ladies Trophy Husband. Please tell us more, we are all a bunch of nosy busy bodies here, come on fill us in.

Any way we are glad you came to us for your question and post some more or add your views when ever. (If you really get involved we may even tell you about the Bong) OOPs I was not supposed to say that.

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