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Postby TidusTheCoolest on Thu Nov 21, 2002 2:38 am

Is 512 MB of RAM enough to play 3D games smoothly ? Some say that you need 1GB to play 3D game smoothly on XP .
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Postby sonyman on Thu Nov 21, 2002 2:40 am

Thats bogus. 512 is more than enough to play any game on XP. You only get more performance out of 1 GB when editing/converting digital video or other CPU and memory intensive tasks.

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Re: RAM on Windows XP

Postby vxd*.* on Thu Nov 21, 2002 5:38 pm

[quote="TidusTheCoolest"]Is 512 MB of RAM enough to play 3D games smoothly ? Some say that you need 1GB to play 3D game smoothly on XP .[/quote]

I am running XP pro-with 400Mhz processor, 114 mb-ram, 64 mb video card, 32 mb shared video and everything runs perfectly.
Most games perfer 256 colors-which mean you need a 16 bit or better agp or pci video card.
When u load up your game-it will usually tell u what the perfered settings are. The video card has a lot to do with performance.
A good 16 bit video card will do-(isa-pci or agp)..
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Postby lightningbaron on Sat Nov 23, 2002 2:17 pm

I will agree with comments by sonyman.

Presently, I'm have a system running XP Pro with Intel PII 400 w/ 1GB RAM, 20GB hard drive, 6.4 hard drive, GeForce2 MX200 video card, Promise ATA 133 add-on card.

It's pretty adequate, the most recent game I played on this system is Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2.
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Postby Dartman on Sat Nov 23, 2002 2:47 pm

My games run fine with 512 of DDR ram. I do know that I could open more stuff at once and the desktop was quicker when I had a gig of PC 133 in my old board. If you can afford it it will make things work a bit faster in some areas but it's not required just to play games. I think your procesor and video card setup/tuning make more difference just running one game unless it requires more megs to run.
I still want to get another 512 for this new board but they've spiked the prices for x-mas again so it's have to wait unless somebody wants to trade my gig of pc 133 for a pc 2700 512 DDR stick :)
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Postby blakerwry on Mon Nov 25, 2002 2:29 am

512MB is more than enough... infact, for most games 256MB is perfectly adequate.

What matters more is a fast video card, and not running junk applications in the background.
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