i have a laptop with 6 gigs and a 5870 and i rarely use over 4 gigs (like gaming with other apps open) so i dont think you will see a huge difference in FPS. for performance, maybe think about getting another HDD and doing raid rather then 8 gigs of ram? good setup tho
well, most of the time, even when gaming you will not use all your ram so its a wast of money (not that there arent users that wont use 8 gigs but most never will). so, if you add a raid array (raid 0 to be specific) you will increase your performance by splitting up your OS to run from 2 separate drives thus shorting write and seek times. but there are some down sides, for example if one drive fails they both fail and creating a back up is somewhat of a challenge. if you dont know what raid is just google 'raid 0'.
to your comment about raid not helping in games- does your computer do anything else while you are playing a game? like, IDK keep your OS running? got a virus scan? a second HDD helps with system processes even if it doesn't specifically affect one application. its like having a 6 core cpu. your game wont use all six cores (at least im not aware of one capable, but im sure its coming!) but other processes will use other cores thus giving you an overall higher FPS. plus out side of gaming a raid 0 with a 64 bit os is pretty f-ing sweet and really a pleasure to run.
plus you can always add more ram...why not start with 4, or if you really think you will 8 (video editing mb?) then get 8. i was just throwing out a different suggestion. BTW, what OS are running? 64 bit right?
· 9 years ago