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As the title says, is it possible for me to include 8 Gigs of RAM into a custom computer? If it is, what will I need to make sure the PC runs safely?
Also, if it's impossible, theoritically and practically, please let me know.


Just in case you ask yourself " That crazy f *ck! What the hell does he need 8 gigs for?!"


I will probably invest a whole lotta money into this, so i dont want it going obsolete in 5 years. (Also why i plan to have two 750 Gig hard drives)
#3
sure its possible, but the computer would most likely only be able to utilize about 3-4 gigs at MOST. so its highly useless to pack in that much.

hint, get a good processor for your computer, thats one of the best ways to make it last for a long time (technology wise). depending if you do games or visuals, good graphics card too. Not sure if they have physics cards yet, that would be useful for some stuff soon or eventually.
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#5
i think with 8 gigs of ram, youll need something insane for your motherboard or whatever you plug the ram into. also you might wanna look at watercooling.

but youlll be limited by the video card. sry. 8 gigs of ram will do you no good with a slow video card
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#6
I've seen motherboards that support up to 8 GBs, so I think it is possible.
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#7
Alright...
got a lot of good responses and i shall take your advice and incorporate only 4 Gigs.
(yes i have considered water cooling systems and a good processor, and i will take note of it)
#8
Xp 64-Bit can support 8GHz of RAM I think. But still pointless. No matter how much you spend on your PC, it'll still be obsolete in the next 2-3 years.
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#9
there are some motherboards that support 8 gigs of ram, how needed is it? not at all... 2-4 gigs is plenty for XP... now for vista... 3-4 is better... but yeah, i have seen quite a few mobo's that have 4 slots, allowing for 8 gigs of total ram, 2 gigs per slot. As everyone else has stated, processors and video cards will have to be upgraded to utilize the ram to its full potential. Watercooling isnt needed either unless you are going to overclock your video card or processor... which with a decent processor, video card, and... well 8 gigs of ram... totally not necessary
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or even 4 gigs for that matter
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#12
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im at a whopping 756mb


Pfft, 512mb is where its at!
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#13
Computers just aren't built-to-last sorts of things. Things slowly muck up, after two or three years even a well-built machine's going to need at least a few new parts and a reformat. Don't think you can just put five grand worth of chips and disk drives and cards and things in and it'll be godly forever.

Five years, pft, you caught that advances in technology accelerate, right? So in five years the computers will compare to ours about how ours compare to what people had in, say, 1999, 2001? You just can't match the stuff that'll be standard in 2012 with stuff you can find now.
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#14
Oh it is possible, you can even go higher than that mac's got a comp that can be upgraded to 16GB of ram, why you would need so much ram i dont know I heard its for movie editing and stuff the requires lots of processing, i got 2GB and i think my comp runs pretty fast heres the link link
#15
Honestly, after 2 or 4 gigs, I really don't see a point. Even my most ram hungry programs won't push me over 1.5. I only have one gig, but a partitioned page file drive is good enough.
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Pfft, 512mb is where its at!



try that on a laptop with vista... then you'll be as pimp as me
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#17
also, your comp won't ever get anything done ever.
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try that on a laptop with vista... then you'll be as pimp as me


Gah, I've got 2GB, and it still goes pretty slow at times. Vista angers me.
#19
i saw this thing about a year ago, a custom computer with like 40 gigs of ram, maybe more im not sure. but of coarse you can have 8 gigs. get 4 x 2gig ram sticks for your 4 slots. hmmm i wonder what he needs this for anyways. porn maybe?

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Gah, I've got 2GB, and it still goes pretty slow at times. Vista angers me.

most likely its your cpu not the ram.
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#20
Someone said something about a physics card before..

Don't get one. They're obsolete now. They were made before the CPU's handled all the physics, to take load off the video card, but now that the video card doesn't do physics, you don't need one.
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#21
there's windows servers that can push 100 gigs... 32 bit windows can only use like 4 effectively, vista can use 8 max, 64 bit handles quite a bit more, more than you'd need. you really just need bigger L2 cache's, the new quad core stuff cuts ram usage way down, you'll never use 8gigs with one...
#22
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Someone said something about a physics card before..

Don't get one. They're obsolete now. They were made before the CPU's handled all the physics, to take load off the video card, but now that the video card doesn't do physics, you don't need one.


thats bull$hit, the idea of a physics card is you can use huge physics models in a game and it wont tax any other hardware, it basically adds another core to handle the workload...
#23
Yea, 8 gigs of RAM is a little excessive.
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Gah, I've got 2GB, and it still goes pretty slow at times. Vista angers me.


its not even that. its not slow, it just doesnt have enough RAM for games and other things. i never said it was slow, its just limiting. i still kinda like vista. it isnt that bad.
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#25
im sure in a few years well all be saying "i only have 8 gigs, i need more"
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im sure in a few years well all be saying "i only have 8 gigs, i need more"


more like...

Damn they just released the 82nd version of windows, i need to upgrade. Oh yeah and my gfx card is outta date. Oh yea and i need a new processor, and sound card, and physics card, and quantum card. oh ****.
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#28
i got a question for you all. im not much of a computer guy, so excuse me if this is a dumb question.

is it possible for me to up grade my RAM from 512MB to 1GB? if so, how much will it cost and will i lose anything i have on my memory if i get it done? will it just wipe my hard drive out?

i have no idea how this stuff works. thank you in advance.
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i got a question for you all. im not much of a computer guy, so excuse me if this is a dumb question.

is it possible for me to up grade my RAM from 512MB to 1GB? if so, how much will it cost and will i lose anything i have on my memory if i get it done? will it just wipe my hard drive out?

i have no idea how this stuff works. thank you in advance.

Of course. It depends on what kinda ram you need.

Nothing is needed. You literally just pop them in. With the computer turned off of course.
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#30
when I first read the title I thought you aere asking if you could put 8 gigs of RATM on your computer. I think you can only get like 4 on a PC
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Of course. It depends on what kinda ram you need.

Nothing is needed. You literally just pop them in. With the computer turned off of course.


hmm... interesting. for just what i need, how much might that cost?
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#33
it is possible but depends on your mother board, you can buy single sticks of 4gig ram nower days!
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#34
serious electrical work required, you'll need to write your own OS, and find games that can run with something like that. but yes it's possible, also, the normal server supercomputers have around that much. i think.
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#36
Yeah its probably possible, but i doubt your PC would actually use that much. It depends, what are you planning on using the computer for most?
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#37
Not yet. Unless, as people said, you utilise four DIMM slots.

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Yeah its probably possible, but i doubt your PC would actually use that much. It depends, what are you planning on using the computer for most?


Computers always need more memory.
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#39
Well that why you need a MacPro

You can get a whole 16MB of ram in one of those.

And a 4TB hard drive.
#40
A 32-bit architecture can make use of 2^32 memory addresses, or approximately 4 gigs of ram. A 64-bit architecture can make use of 2^64 memory addresses, or 16 exabytes of ram. As far as I know, there are no operating systems that will let you use that full amount. I'm sure windows draws a cap at 4 gigs (as of now). I'm not sure on how other operating systems put virtual memory-caps on ram, but you really don't need 8 gigabytes of ram. 4 is more than sufficient for now.

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