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    Recommendation: Should I Add RAM?

    Hello:

    I have a Dell Dimension XPS T 600MHz with 256 MB of 100MHZ SDRAM. I run Win 98 SE, which I'm replacing with Windows 2000 later this week. I am not a graphics artist.

    Until 8/9 Dell is offering 20% off RAM; I would purchase the following module (with S&H, $60):

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.asp?Sku=679327-1&customer_id=19&spagenum=1&page=mem_config.asp&ic ompatid=42442>http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/product...icompatid=42442</A>

    But given that I already have 256 MB of RAM, will I see a difference in speed with an additional 256 MB?

    Does anyone know how I can use Windows System Monitor to ascertain how much RAM I currently use?

    Should I upgrade?

    Much thanks,

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    Re: Recommendation: Should I Add RAM?

    First, don't waste time monitoring how you use memory under Win 98 if you are going to move to Win 2000. They use memory very differently, and what you see under one does not apply to the other.

    Win 2k will run very well in 256meg. The question is, what applications do you use, and how many of them at the same time, and how do you use them? If the way you use the computer does not push 256meg, then adding memory will not make much of a difference. If you run many memory hog apps, then adding more memory will make a difference.
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    Re: Recommendation: Should I Add RAM?

    The Dell offer looks good value. Going on the assumption that you can't have too much RAM (if it fits, fit it) I'd go for it. As LC suggests you may not see much of a speed increase until you try running several apps at once.
    I wouldn't bother with system monitor at all. Ctrl-Alt-Del/Task manager/Performance under Win2kP will show you this on demand, but if you get TClock (freeware systray clock ) you can configure it to display permanently the memory load as well as having date, time and a calendar. Get it <A target="_blank" HREF=http://users.iafrica.com/d/da/dalen/> here </A>


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    Re: Recommendation: Should I Add RAM?

    I'll second that emotion. RAM is life - if you can get it for $60, get it!
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    Re: Recommendation: Should I Add RAM?

    I think the answer is always yes.
    Just balance it against your chequebook and the number of seconds per day that it will save.

    Me - I'm running a 700Mhz Pentium II with 128Mb under NT and it is quick enough. It will be lots faster with more RAM however it would only save a minute at the absolute tops each day. And that is with 7 or so large apps (MS Office/word/excel/IE/Outlook/Oracle apps/PVCS tracker/explorer/etc) running all day. Extra RAM is not really the answer for me.

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    Re: Recommendation: Should I Add RAM?

    Hi Kieran
    Use of extra RAM : it's not really the speed of processing per se that extra RAM enhances, so much as reducing the amount of use Windows makes of the paging file (virtual memory). Use up your RAM and once the page file kicks in, with constant reference to the HD, then you would notice a real slow down.

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    Re: Recommendation: Should I Add RAM?

    However,

    An increase in RAM will boost the overall speed of your applications. I recently took a PII300 from 64MB to 256MB, and immediately noticed an increase in the overall speed of things, like windows opening, start menu displays, processes, etc. The only thing that RAM cannot speed up are system processes, like defrag, or the bootup time, those things rely solely on the speed of your hardware, (Particularly boot up time, which depends almost exclusively on the speed of your processor..) ((And on the number of 'things' you load at startup...))

    In your case, you would have to be running many, pretty powerful apps to notice a difference, all of the above info is spot on in that regard. If it will fit, i'd say go for it.. if you havn't already... <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

    Hope this helps!

    A good rule of thumb, if you have to ask, then the answer is Yes. You can't have too much RAM.. (Unless you're running a machine from the dark ages, in which case it'll likely do you no good, i'm talking pre-P166 here...) <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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