|I am working to put together a new computer. I need to decide how much ram to put into it because from what I understand, I won't be able to easily increase it latter, so its either 8GB, or 16GB. From what I understand, 8GB would be more then what I need for most circumstances, but maybe I want to use ramdisk, which could use more. |
I am asking with all three OS, XP, linux, and win7. I may duel boot, or otherwise take some time deciding what I want to use.
Is there a free or inexpensive good ramdisk program?
Are ramdisks terribly complicated to do?
Can I get say 16GB or more of my RAM into a ram drive?
Can I set things up so the ram drive is created automatically each reboot?
Can I be selective in what goes into the ram drive, like can I use it for browser cache, but have my regular HDD used for login cookies so I don't have to log in each time? Could I load a whole or part of a game into ram disk, and still have my save files go to and from the HDD?
Does win7 and linux still use the HDD for virtual memory, even if there is more then enough RAM space?
Can I set ramdisk up so that it unpacks and loads virtual memory files etc to a ramdisk created at the beginning of the load, so that my OS's load faster?
Even with a SSD, is RAM disk notably faster?
Is memory always on, drawing the same amount of power whether used or not? Would you figure about 20 watts of power used per two sticks of DDR3 dimms?
Plus anything else you guys might be able to tell me about ramdisks, ram, and ramdisk verses SSD, that I might not have thought of, or known to ask about.