any difference in adding 8GB RAM later

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by suga81, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. suga81

    suga81 Guest

    Hello, I'm about to get a new PC and install Vista x64 on it. Th
    problem is that I'm only gonna get 4GB RAM now, and other 8GB later (i
    a week or so)

    Is there any difference between installing whole 12GB at once, or 4G
    now and adding 8GB later ..

    Thanks

    P.s.: I think it shouldn't make any difference, I just want to be sur
    (perhaps x64 is any different, no idea ;) , so I need to check)
     
    suga81, Dec 3, 2008
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  2. No, you can add the extra memory any time you like. As soon as it is
    installed, Vista will see it and use it.

    SteveT
     
    Steve Thackery, Dec 3, 2008
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  3. It doesn't make any difference when you install it. Most new PCs come with a
    set amount of RAM and the user, usually, increases it at a later date. If
    you were using 32 Bit Vista I would say, don't bother, but as you are using
    64 Bit then the additional memory can only make things even better.

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    suga81 Guest

    Thanks guys, just as I thought. :)
    Had to make sure there isn't any performance difference ...
     
    suga81, Dec 3, 2008
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    Victek Guest

    Thanks guys, just as I thought. :)
    One setting that changes when you add more ram is the recommended page file
    size. If the page file is set to "Automatically manage page file for all
    drives" then you don't have to do anything. If you prefer to manually enter
    minimum and maximum amounts then you will want to change these after adding
    the additional ram.
     
    Victek, Dec 3, 2008
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    Mark H Guest

    Make sure your motherboard will support 12GB memory.
    While Vista may support up to 128GB, most motherboards are limited to 8GB or
    16GB.
     
    Mark H, Dec 3, 2008
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  7. You're Welcome

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    John Barnett MVP, Dec 3, 2008
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  8. No, no difference.

    What makes you think you should have 12GB instead of 4GB? How much RAM
    you need depends on what apps you run, but most people would see
    little or no performance increase by going from 4GB to 12GB.
     
    Ken Blake, MVP, Dec 3, 2008
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    Mick Murphy Guest

    You don't say what version you are installing.
    Check your 64bit version:

    Windows Vista Home Basic - 8 GB of RAM
    Windows Vista Home Premium - 16 GB of RAM
    Windows Vista Business - 128 GB of RAM or more
    Windows Vista Enterprise - 128 GB of RAM or more
    Windows Vista Ultimate - 128 GB of RAM or more
     
    Mick Murphy, Dec 3, 2008
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    suga81 Guest

    I estimate that mostly I'll be using somewhere up to 8GB of RAM, but a
    bit more can't hurt.
    I'll be doing some pretty heavy multi-tasking. Just to illustrate: my
    setup will include 2x30" LCD screens & probably also one 20". ;) And
    I'll be running all kinds of work-related stuff on them, some using lots
    of RAM.
     
    suga81, Dec 3, 2008
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  11. No, more than you doesn't hurt, other than to your wallet.


    Multi-tasking isn't much of an issue, since the task you're not using
    at the moment typically goes to the swap file and stays there until
    you need it again. Constant swapping hurts when you don't have enough
    RAM, but the very seldom swapping multi-tasking entails isn't much of
    an issue.



    Depends on exactly what the "work-related stuff" is, but if you say it
    uses lots of RAM...
     
    Ken Blake, MVP, Dec 3, 2008
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    mike0526 Guest

    OK. I have read the ups and the downs on the RAM issue concerning th
    use of the Vista 64 Ultimate with the dual core. I have just gotten m
    lap top with the dual core (AMD 64 Athlon X2 CPU) but only 1 Gig of Ra
    installed. Were can I get a idea on how much it would cost me to add
    gig of more mem so I can utilize the 64 bit system and is it worth i
    seeing that 64 bit has to be were its all heading any way.?
     
    mike0526, Jan 23, 2009
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    Gordon Guest

    www.crucial.com
     
    Gordon, Jan 23, 2009
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    Rick Rogers Guest

    Hi,

    I'll second Gordon's suggestion of crucial.com as the place to purchase
    additional memory.

    Whether or not it will be of benefit to you depends on your use of the
    machine. I find 2GB to be a good point for average users, gamers benefit
    with 4GB or more, and autocad and multimedia editing can take advantage of
    lots more (6GB+).
     
    Rick Rogers, Jan 23, 2009
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