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Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:26 pm:   

Im thinking of purchacing a computer and plan on placing a sizable amount of ram in it. Running Windows 95/98 as an OS, and primarily running graphics intensive games. How much RAM should I consider excessive. Current idea is 512MB. Now I know I can do it ...what im hoping you folks can tell me is why this would or would not be a good idea. Thanks in advance for the help.
Michael Smith
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:26 pm:   

Before you try to decide how much memory to install on your system, one thing to consider is if the motherboard will cache that much memory in the first place. If your going to use a slot 1/PII system (not a celeron), the amount that you mentioned (512) should be fine. If your going to use a socket 7 system, I would recommend a board with the Intel 'BX' chipset, although I would recommend PC100 compliant memory with that board. Some EDO/FastPage memory doesn't work well with them.
However, Win98 still has a significant kernel problem in which it doesn't report the correct amount of "used" extended memory to DOS. This shouldn't affect the performance of the machine, however, some technical reps will try to pawn it off as being the problem if you end up calling support.
Feel free to email me if you have any other questions.
Aaron Fillion
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:26 pm:   

get 128MB, 512MB is a waste of money. I have got 64MB and have no memory problems at all with all my games and apps (except unreal, that could use 128MB)
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:26 pm:   

All I can say is 1Gig of ram isnt uncommon in really
intense grapics.
Though it may be overkill to play solitair with that
much ram.
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:26 pm:   

If money is no object, the more ram the better.
That is a bit on the overkill side though, unless
you are planning on making your machine a multi-player
game server.
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:26 pm:   

96MB seems to be the sweet spot on my system. But if you really want to make sure you have enough I would go with 128MB or if ou really have money to burn, 192MB.

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