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Originally Posted by chewy4 View Post

Well the more memory you put in your machine, the more memory is used to help your system run faster(to a certain extent). You might think that you don't need any more based on what your task manager says, but it could still help.

My system is using 2.9 gigs right now with no programs really running other than chrome and a couple of idle programs(Steam, avast, plex media server, Virtu). I have no doubt that a system with the same OS(Win 7 x64) could run the same amount of stuff plus more on only 2 gigs. But since my system has 16 gigs to use, it is liberal with its RAM usage.

+1. This is a documented "feature" of Windows Vista and later. If it bothers you to see pre-fetch and caching running, you can go through and force most of it off - and expect Windows XP style desktop responsiveness. It really isn't "bad" for the system to use more memory (as long as it isn't demanding more resources than it has available). If you're using Windows 7, you can go into Resource Monitor and see a better overview of memory usage and allocation. I will never understand the fascination with "hypermiling" in the era of dirt-cheap memory - but old habits die hard, right? rolleyes.gif

I doubt OP will reap any sort of "magical sonic benefit" from dumping more memory into his system, but as has been noted - it may improve performance in applications that need more memory (yet won't surpass the processing performance of the system). If you're looking at remote/distributed, and are already pretty into Apple, why not look at AirPort Express or AppleTV hardware?