LIFE AND DEATH QUESTION!

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scienceisfun91

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I have a Pentium Dual Core E5300 2.6ghz with Radeon 6850 and 2gb of ram. My games lag a little. If I upgrade to 6gb ram, will i have improvements?

I AM NOT UPGRADING MY CPU. JUST GIVE ME AN ANSWER WHAT I ASKED.
 

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Insufficient information. What games? What OS? What else is running when you game? In general, adding memory above the 2GB currently installed will provide improvements. Whether or not it will resolve your particular issue, no one can say.

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I AM NOT UPGRADING MY CPU. JUST GIVE ME AN ANSWER WHAT I ASKED.

Mighty demanding for free advice on a public forum...

My guess is you've had some people tell you your CPU isn't up to the task of modern games. They are probably right. Some games (not all) have started to utilize more than 2 cores so you may be encountering trouble.

But since you obviously don't want to update your CPU, like wolfshadw says, 2Gb of Ram isn't very much these days, and increasing your system Ram would lead to performance increase in almost all of your tasks (gaming included)



 

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Love your avatar. Adds a lot of flavor to that response :lol:
 

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Yeah. On idle, my system uses 52% RAM. I play games like NFS hot pursuit. Fifa 12 and mainly sports and racing. I don't play the violent games
 

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Yeah. On idle, my system uses 52% RAM. I play games like NFS hot pursuit. Fifa 12 and mainly sports and racing. I don't play the violent games

That leaves less than 1GB for your games.

You should probably upgrade. Don't know if you need 6 though. Either 4Gb or 6Gb should be sufficient
 

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Ok. SO Ram does affect gaming?
 


It does to a point, yes. By being able to preload into the RAM, it won't need to access the hard drive to load textures and such. I had an issue with STALKER: CoP where it would drop to like 5 fps for a few seconds due to only having 4 gigs of RAM (this was with a bunch of mods installed btw) so it had to access HDD.

However MOST games don't use more than 3 gigs of RAM so with 4 gigs total you're good to go. You will have dual channel RAM, so as long as you're using either 2 or 4 RAM chips it should still work well - if you use 1 or 3 chips then it will run single channel and you lose bandwidth.

Basically if your PC is runing 2x1GB, then get a 2x2GB kit and you're good to go. If you're running 1x2GB, then trash it and just run a 2x2GB (or 2x3gb). Keep in mind, if you're running a 32 bit OS you will be limited to 4 gigs. If you have 64 bit then you could do 4+.

Also try to get RAM with the same speed, timings, and voltage. You'll need to look at the sticker on your current RAM to find out what it is.
 
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