Originally Posted by lyth0s
More than 4GB of memory for code compilation? zzzzzz.....No offense, but if you are going to spend $1300 I would hope you use it to play some video games and/or you do video/sound editing and/or multiple programs running at the same time or something that requires memory usage. Code compilation uses very little memory over a very short period of time. Honestly if you have less than 6GB of memory, its either because money is tight, or you don't use your computer for anything "fun".
WoW on max settings can take up to 3GB of memory all by itself, the SWoTR beta on max settings takes 4GB and the list goes on. If you want to run dual box on any game you will be using the pagefile on max settings with less than 6GB. When people say "Im running blah blah blah and only using 4GB" your forgetting that your programs are running slower because they are using the pagefile as memory!
You have obviously never compiled large amounts of code then. Making only fairly small programs, I was having moments where it system was hanging for a couple of minutes with 2GB, on my system with 4GB, I have had it lagging like you wouldn't believe sometimes. The only time I have ever had it completely smooth is when I used to be on 8GB about a year ago now, but that was overkill because I use my system mainly for gaming.
On the point of gaming:
if you have less than 6GB of memory, its either because money is tight, or you don't use your computer for anything "fun".
Money isn't tight, I could go and buy an extra 4GB of memory to bring me up to 8, but what is the point? I use my computer for fun, and as you can see, I have 4GB in my current system, that is a system that is used purely for gaming and forums and nothing else. I have less than 6GB of memory, I have fun on it, there isn't a single game out now, or coming out in the foreseeable future that will be held up by any part of my system. I recently build a computer for my sister, she uses it mainly for playing The Sims and for watching films. I say I built it for her, I tend to use it more than she does, and it is the second system in my sig, 2GB of memory, Sims on full settings, full HD films, no problems.
more than 4GB is, at the moment, overkill. The only time it is more sensible to have 6GB is if you are on socket 1366, then 3 x 2GB is the ideal situation.
My pagefile isn't getting touched, the most memory usage I have ever seen on my computer is 70%, and I have played pretty much every game that has come out in the last couple of years on there, I game competitively, where if you don't have performance and are lagging because of it, you are going to lose, yet that doesn't happen because memory is not an issue what so ever.
On the topic of multiboxing, I used to play WoW with up to 3 seperate instances of the game up at once on this system, all running smooth 60 fps no matter what I was doing. Enough said.
$1300 AUD does not equate to $1300 USD, Australians lose out a hell of a lot because they are way overcharged on everything.
Originally Posted by WeedCali
but will that little increase in HDD performance really make any significant difference? i guess coming from my perspective, im still using IDE drives so any SATA drive is better than what i got :P
Boot/load times will be massively improved. For the extra cost, which is not a lot extra really when you think you are only paying a couple cents extra per GB