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Would Upgrading RAM from 4 to 8GB be good when using W8?

by Newaygo1 / December 2, 2012 2:58 AM PST

The more I read about WIndows 8 it appears that having more RAM would be a good Upgrade to do. Is this a good idea to go from 4GB to max 8GB RAM?

Just trying to get everything at one time? The Laptop has an AMD A8 Processor.

Thanks,
Newaygo1

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Re: 4 or 8 GB
by Kees_B Forum moderator / December 2, 2012 3:37 AM PST

You need the 64-bit version of Windows 8 to use more than 4 GB. Do you have that?

Kees

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It depends :-)
by wpgwpg / December 2, 2012 4:06 AM PST

It really depends on a number of things. As Kees points out, you can't use more than 4 GB unless you have a 64 bit version. In most cases 4 GB is all you need. However if you start a whole bunch of things and keep them open, you can run into paging which will slow you down. It also depends on what your're running. Some things take more memory than others. I've found that Chrome takes a good bit less RAM than IE9. Graphics applications, especially video editing, are known to be memory hogs.
I have a relatively fast laptop I used for about 10 months with 4 GB and it was fine. But I've gradually gotten where I start more things; when I got to about a dozen Internet tasks plus email, spider solitaire, and Wordpad, I'd occasionally run into pauses caused by paging. Since it only cost me $40 to upgrade to 8 GB, I did it, and now I don't get those pauses. YMMV

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by Newaygo1 / December 2, 2012 5:39 AM PST
In reply to: It depends :-)

The HP Laptop I am looking at is an HP g7 with an AMD A8 Processor and it says it comes with Windows 8 64 Bit.

The AMD 8GB DDR3 PC3-12800 RAM is 55.00 Just thought with this OS having more might be better as time goes on.

Guess it will go with it and been told more is better with RAM!

Thanks,
Newaygo1

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