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Memory Increase

Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:22 am
by Gables
Hi everyone, I have got a Novatech Motherboard AMD Phenom II X6 1055T - 4GB DDR3 10666Mhz - AMD 890GX Motherboard. The memory modules are 2 x 2GB DDR3 1333Mhz and they are fitted in the 1st and 3rd slots. There are 4 memory slots and the maximum memory capacity is 16GB.
Can anyone tell me please what difference I would notice if I were to purchase more memory? Would more memory affect speed good or bad? Would it increase or decrease boot time? Any other differences?
Also, I have a Zalman cooler fitted onto the processor and this places a limit on the height of the first 2 memory modules. The existing 2GB module height is not a problem, so could I move the existing 2GB module from slot 3 to slot 2, leaving slots 3 and 4 free for me to install larger height modules, perhaps 4GB ones.
I am running Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit.
Any advice appreciated.

Re: Memory Increase

Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:14 pm
by skier
unless you get an x64 operating system, your limit is 4GB. which is to say, only way to upgrade memory is to install win7 64-bit first (in some cases, if you install 8GB+ windows might not even boot)

but the only time you need more than 4GB is if you use Photoshop, video editing applications, or encoding heavily. so it's not a very important upgrade

Re: Memory Increase

Posted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 2:25 am
by Gables
Many thanx skier, looks like you have saved me a bundle of money....
I already boot from an SSD, and do not run memory intensive programs like Photoshop.
So I will stick with my current 32 bit Windows 7 and 4GB memory.

Re: Memory Increase

Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 9:06 am
by stopthekilling77
Hey Gables,
Just so you know, the both the OEM and retail versions of Windows 7 licenses can install both 32 and 64 bit versions *IF* you have the correct install disks. The savvy individual could borrow or burn an OEM or retail copy of the 64-bit disk (you already own a license that will work for both 32/64 but they just want to sell you another as it comes with the license and disk). Hope that helps!