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My motherboard can apparently only hold 8GB of memory.

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  1. B1gg3stN00b

    B1gg3stN00b New Member

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    And I just bought an 8gb kit, and have a 640mb video card.

    I know the video card applies towards recognized memory in 32 bit operating systems, but will it mean my full 8gb can't be utilized?

    I have 64 bit operating systems, but the motherboard limit is 8GB it says, and I have 8gb RAM going in day after tomorrow and a 640mb video card.

    Do I need to buy a new board for the extra memory? Or does the memory limit on a motherboard only apply to RAM?

    (Sorry if that wasn't clear)
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    sneekypeet Unpaid Babysitter Staff Member

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    In XP or Vista 64 bit yes, but if you are putting it on a 32 bit OS no it wont be utilized. Not much will use that much ram, but if you edit images and do design work it can come in really handy!
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    not unless you upgrade to 64bit OSes. i think 32bit OSes recognise upto 3Gb

    EDIT: crap: you beat me by seconds!
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    Your motherboard can physically use 8gb of ram. Your Bios can count 8gb of Ram.

    If you use a 32bit Os you will only be able to use 3-3,7gb of ram inside.
    You can only use more then 4gb of Ram with a 64bit Os.
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    I have 64 bit operating systems, but the motherboard limit is 8GB it says, and I have 8gb RAM going in day after tomorrow and a 640mb video card.

    Do I need to buy a new board for the extra memory? Or does the memory limit on a motherboard only apply to RAM?

    Basically, what I'm asking is if I'm running a 64 bit OS on a motherboard with an 8GB memory limit, with a 640mb video card and 8gb RAM, will it not be able to use some of it?
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    it just applies to the RAM, you can have a video card with 1000GB of vRAM and 8GB of normal RAM.
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    System ram and gpu ram don't add up.....you will be fine.;)
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    Hey good question. I never thought about that myself. Glad that they don't affect eachother.
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    32-bit only supports up to 3.5GB max. The left over 512MB or 1GB is reserved for Vram or other hardware stuff.
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    THANK YOU!

    So relieved :)
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    hmmm I never thought I would see this question. Man are we too accustomed with hardware to not even consider questions like these.
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    I'm just used to running on bare minimums :p But now I've acquired money and a desire to expand on my hobby of PC building...

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