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hi there. I upgraded memory on my rig today. its going to be my machine i use while i commence building my gaming rig. I now have 4gigs of ram in it. I got windows xp sp3 so i came to this thread. Everything is working fine. I have a p4 3.4 gig cpu and a new radeon b2 512 hd2600 xt video card. So my question is should i use the computer preset for my virtual memory or should i set it to a different amount. Before i only had 2.5gigs so it was fairly small. your answer is greatly appriciated. Thank you..
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By default Windows set a 2Gb size for the amount of memory higher than 1.5Gb.
There are many conflicting stories, theories and copious volumes of opinion on the issue of Virtual Memory.

Bearing in mind Virtual Memory is only used when the machine is low or out of physical memory, what you set it to in your current machine is realistically going to make next to no difference. I'd leave it set at System Managed on the boot drive or on a separate hard drive when it's as fast or faster than the boot drive. Don't tell Windows to use a separate partition on the boot drive for the Virtual Memory as that will drag the machine down performance wise.

Edited by Neil Jones, 28 May 2009 - 04:53 PM.

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