PC hardware forum: Why all the hype for installing lots of RAM?

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) October 23, 2009 1:56 PM PDT

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Why all the hype for installing lots of RAM?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 10/23/09 1:56 PM

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Why all the hype for installing lots of RAM when the system doesn't utilize it?


I have always followed the advice of this community, and they have always been great suggestions. I have one question. I have 3GBs of RAM on my current Dell 531S and my new Dell 546, which I will be receiving, will have 4GB of RAM. I have two RAM monitors on my systems that keep an eye on RAM usage. They never go above 1GB and most of the time it is at 225MB to 500MB of usage. So why all the hype for lots of RAM? I periodically do film editing and it still uses only a little RAM. Is there something I am not doing to use more RAM? Is there a way to get the computer to utilize more, a setting I should redo or set? Suggestions and comments appreciated.

--Submitted by Jhampa S.

Here are some featured member answers to get you started, but
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Why the hype --Submitted by scleung
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7591_102-0.html?messageID=3158186#3158186

Misinformation --Submitted by yourpcmedic
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7813_102-0.html?messageID=3158397#3158397

Peak performance is key --Submitted by say592
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7591_102-0.html?messageID=3158191#3158191

Always max your allowable RAM --Submitted by High Desert Charlie
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7591_102-0.html?messageID=3157033#3157033

Memory utilization --Submitted by GEO2003
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7591_102-0.html?messageID=3157027#3157027

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