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Old 03-08-06, 04:47 PM
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How much RAM does your PC use on a regular basis?

I'd post this in tech, but no one would answer it and I'm not looking for help.


Just went to my task manager and with all my apps open I'm using 730MB out of the 1GB in my PC at work. How much RAM is your PC using?

I'm running outlook, MS SQL apps, a few tabs of firefox, two backup programs, terminal server session, an IP KVM session, IM app, Itunes, blackberry app, AV, MS Anti-Spyware and a few others.
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On an average, 400MB of 1GB.
Old 03-08-06, 05:24 PM
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I am usually between 400-500. Depends on what I am doing of course

Should add that I am a purist when it comes to running apps. If I don't absolutely positivly need to be running something, I don't. If I let windows run all the damn random crap it wants to, I would lose another 100mb.

I don't actively run a spyware defense software, I don't feel I need to with my surfing habits.

I do run SAV real time protect.
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Averagely, 300-400 Mb. But that's excluding playing games, watching DVDs or photoshopping.

Edited to add: I had my memory upgraded a couple weeks ago from 512 Mb to 2 Gb, and when I'm browsing/watching DVD, I don't see any difference. However, once I start a lot of application and games, I can switch task on flash speed, including when I'm playing games. Photoshopping speeds up a little bit too.

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I usually use 1.6 to 1.8 GB of ram. I am running eclipse, textpad, bunch of tabs in firefox, two instances of weblogic. I had apache and mysql running too at one point today.
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512 MB installed. Most of the time, the system is using around 330 MB. At times, it hits 420 MB.
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2GB installed. I'd say I use between 500-750MB on average. I've only seen it drop to under a a gig free 2-3 times and that was with tons of crap open.
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I have 2GB on this PC.

Normal crap = 500-600MB

Battlefield 2 = 1.6GB
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Wow, I'm using up 477MB or so with 512MB installed. Limewire really eats up memory, but I don't have a whole lot else running. I seem to get slowdowns fairly regularly. What should I do to change that?
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Originally Posted by Al Padrino
Wow, I'm using up 477MB or so with 512MB installed. Limewire really eats up memory, but I don't have a whole lot else running. I seem to get slowdowns fairly regularly. What should I do to change that?
Perform the cheapest and easiest upgrade in PC world. Buy more memory. Seriously.
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I actually was running on 256MB until last fall. This seemed to be okay until the last couple of months where slowdowns became more frequent. Where's the best place to buy more memory and how much would be ideal for an impatient person like me who hates slowdowns.
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i have 1.5gb (ddr2) and i typically am running at about 700 in use
i use a couple programs that I like, that have known memory leaks.. so if too much memory gets used, i just clear it back out and Im good to go again
without those programs, i would say i would hang out around 300-400mb used
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Originally Posted by Al Padrino
I actually was running on 256MB until last fall. This seemed to be okay until the last couple of months where slowdowns became more frequent. Where's the best place to buy more memory and how much would be ideal for an impatient person like me who hates slowdowns.
depends on what you need.. sdram? ddr? ddr2?
there are deals on memory constantly.. i picked up 1gb (2x512) ddr2 for like $47 just a few months ago from a listing on bensbargains.net
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home laptop - 256 mb / average 180mb actually used.

work desktop - 768 mb / average 300 mb actually used.

I've tweaked windows xp in the past to use as low as 75 mbs and win 2k low as 55mbs after start up.

Can't wait to put together a kick-ass gaming machine with a couple gigs of ram.
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Originally Posted by Al Padrino
Wow, I'm using up 477MB or so with 512MB installed. Limewire really eats up memory, but I don't have a whole lot else running. I seem to get slowdowns fairly regularly. What should I do to change that?
Also u can do a google search for services to disable if u are running XP. There's a bunch of services that run that u will never use, disabling them frees up more memory.
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Originally Posted by Maxwell Smart
Also u can do a google search for services to disable if u are running XP. There's a bunch of services that run that u will never use, disabling them frees up more memory.
Thanks.

http://www.windowsitpro.com/Windows/...722/40722.html

This one is the best i've come across so far. Have a better one?

Edit: nevermind, I can't even figure out how to get the entire stupid article on that one.

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Thanks.

http://www.windowsitpro.com/Windows/...722/40722.html

This one is the best i've come across so far. Have a better one?

Edit: nevermind, I can't even figure out how to get the entire stupid article on that one.
No problem. I copy & pasted the entire list from that article.

Here they are, enjoy:
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Blackviper used to have the definitive guide to XP services, but he has gone offline. You can get reach an archived copy of his site here:

http://web.archive.org/web/200411230...com/index.html
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My sys has 2GB physical + 2GB pagefile, typically use ~1.4GB

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