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Should I install 32GB of ram?

  1. #1


    Atlanta, GA
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    Windows 8 Pro x64, OS X Mountain Lion, CentOS

    Should I install 32GB of ram?


    I just rebuilt my computer (i7-3770k). When I built my last computer (i7-920), I thought 12GB (3x4GB) of triple channel was "crazy talk." 4GB was the norm and 64 bit was just starting to become normal. Turns out, it was a good amount over the lifespan of the computer.

    Besides gaming, browsing, and other usual tasks, I also edit video in Premiere CS6, do some 3d in Cinema 4d, and use programs like After Effects which do ram previews.

    My new computer has 16GB (2x8GB) and the price was reasonable $50. I'm wondering if I should just go ahead and stick two more in there (since I can get the same brand, model/series, etc).

    I'm not trying to light a cigar with a $50 like a semi-baller, but it seems like now would be a good time to do it since it's a new build and I can see having this computer for ~3-4 years or so. My i7-920 was awesome and had another year or so left in it, but now it's my girlfriend's YouTube computer, lol.

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    It would be really interesting if you need virtualization
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  3. #3


    Atlanta, GA
    Posts : 18
    Windows 8 Pro x64, OS X Mountain Lion, CentOS


    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    It would be really interesting if you need virtualization
    I do run a few Linux VMs... hmm.
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    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    It sounds like you would make good use of it, so yeah.. load up with as much as you can afford.

    Memory is crazy cheap right now.
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  5. #5


    Redmond
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    Indeed - the more memory, the better (for virtualization). Even the Windows caches will thank you, making some boot performance and disk accesses faster too.
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    One thing to be aware of, the more memory you have, the larger your hiberfil.sys hibernation file will be. And the longer it will take to resume from hibernation.

    If you don't use hibernation, you can turn it off.. but this can interfere with crash dumps.
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    Redmond
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    How to use the DedicatedDumpFile registry value to overcome space limitations on the system drive when capturing a system memory dump - Ntdebugging Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

    Also note the hibernation file is actually only a percentage of available RAM - so you can still make the paging file 1GB in size, have a hiberfil (allowing hybrid boot and hybrid sleep) and still not use up a large percentage of disk space if you use the DedicatedDumpFile option. With 32GB of RAM, setting the hibernation file to a smaller percentage using powercfg -h size <percentage> might be a good idea too.
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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    as long as you know that 4 sticks draw more current than 2 and you may have to increase some voltage in the BIOS to compensate it, no problem, also on Asus ROG forum we have a lot of members with problems when using Corsair Vengeance, try to go with G-Skill. Get 9-9-9-24 timming, , RAM speed as not that important in performance and when you get fancy, problems occurs faster.


    Don't forget something with VM, if you run 2 or 3 or more VM on the same Hard rive you seriously bottle neck your system, try to span the VM on different HD.
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    Redmond
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    Indeed - SSDs for running VMs and mechanical disks for static (or less used) storage is always a good idea.
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  10. #10


    Atlanta, GA
    Posts : 18
    Windows 8 Pro x64, OS X Mountain Lion, CentOS


    32GB installed.

    29.4GB available, lol.

    Prolly enough to render minutes in After Effects ram preview. Pretty nice.
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