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  # 462207 25-Apr-2011 16:41
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But seriously, more RAM is better, up to a point. Windows will use your free RAM as filesystem cache. There's a lot of misconceptions about "free RAM" around. You don't WANT free RAM, since it's being wasted.
Your OS should use your free RAM as filesystem cache.
If you've got everything you need to usually load on a SSD, it probably won't matter that much, but if you've got to stick stuff on a normal HDD, moar RAM will be better. :)

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  # 462238 25-Apr-2011 18:09
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I have pretty much decided to just get 4th for now and use that $100 to get a 120gb ssd so I can put more stuff on that


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  # 463736 29-Apr-2011 14:34
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8G of RAM with Win 7 x64 is beautiful - running Firefox one one monitor and games on the other, kind of gives the video card a bit of a work-out, but totally worth it.

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  # 470806 18-May-2011 21:49
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what about using readyboost wouldnt that help

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  # 470812 18-May-2011 22:01
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nwatene: what about using readyboost wouldnt that help

Ready boost only really has any affect when you're using 512MB-1GB of RAM. I believe anandtech has done some benchmarks on it a while back.

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  # 470813 18-May-2011 22:02
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nwatene: what about using readyboost wouldnt that help

Nope... In most situations readyboost is of no or very little benefit. Far far better off getting more ram.

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  # 470820 18-May-2011 22:14
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Correct me if I am wrong but readyboost never really took off. I don't think it ever proved its worth.


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  # 470873 18-May-2011 23:24
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Only did anything on computers that had no business attempting to run windows, and even then it was only a small improvement to startup times to a computer which was unusable once booted, so no suprise noone gave a crap about it.


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