Originally posted by Brtnboarder495
While those games may use it, I highly doubt there is a huge noticeable difference between 1 gig and 2 gigs of memory ... at least not a big enough difference to make someone want to spend $100 or so on another set of a gig.
There is a huge difference in performance in my system with 1G vs. 2G
I know because I experimented with exactly that. I've had 2G for awhile. But then a friend of mine's 1G died and I loaned him a 1G for a few days until his arrived UPS. I couldn't wait to get my freakin 2G back. It's basically because of how I run my OS and all the software bells and whistles that I have running. With only 1G the PC was super slow. Mostly on responce times / load times. Application minimize times were horrible too. ALT+TAB in gaming took forever.
HOW DOES RAM EFFECT SYSTEM PERFORMANCE?
The CPU requires DATA
DATA when not being used, is stored on the HDD.
DATA when executed or run, has a copy sent to RAM from the HDD.
The NORTHBRIDGE is responsible for retreiving the necessary DATA from the RAM and passing it along to the CPU.
Even though the HDD may have a huge storage capacity, it's far too slow for the CPU and doesn't have a route to pass DATA directly.
So, if your RAM is responsible for providing your CPU with the necessary data required for the software you are running, if you are running many instances of software simultaneously, there is a great need for more RAM storage. If there isn't enough storage, you're CPU must wait until your RAM is refreshed and more data is transfered from the HDD to the RAM. (Forget about a windows paging file)
This was for all the noobs who are scratching their heads.