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Windows 7 always using ~3Gb of ram?

SuntannedBeast

Hi,

I have Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. I'm using 8gb of ram, and Windows is always using ~3gb of ram at idle. It's using this without any programs open. When I try to edit a video or play a game, it says that my memory is low. I have no idea what's wrong.

When I first built my computer, it ran soooooo smooth. Not anymore  :angry:

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CPU: i5 4690k @ 4.5 GHZ CPU COOLER: Hyper 212 EVO GPU: Evga GTX 970 SC ACX 2.0 CASE: NZXT H440 SSD: Crucial MX100 128 GB HDD: 1 TB WD Blue MOBO: MSI z97 PC MATE FANS: 6x Corsair SP120, 1x Corsair AF140 Monitor: ASUS VN247 PSU: Corsair CX600M RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance

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one thing you could do is look at what is actually using it. 

"Try not to take things personally; what people say about you on the internet is a reflection of them, not you!"

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also the fact that you have windows 7 ultimate worries me

"Try not to take things personally; what people say about you on the internet is a reflection of them, not you!"

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Click on "resource monitor" and check what is using memory.

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Click on "resource monitor" and check what is using memory.

I see that most of the processes are chrome...

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CPU: i5 4690k @ 4.5 GHZ CPU COOLER: Hyper 212 EVO GPU: Evga GTX 970 SC ACX 2.0 CASE: NZXT H440 SSD: Crucial MX100 128 GB HDD: 1 TB WD Blue MOBO: MSI z97 PC MATE FANS: 6x Corsair SP120, 1x Corsair AF140 Monitor: ASUS VN247 PSU: Corsair CX600M RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance

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also the fact that you have windows 7 ultimate worries me

And why does this worry you?...

CPU: i5 4690k @ 4.5 GHZ CPU COOLER: Hyper 212 EVO GPU: Evga GTX 970 SC ACX 2.0 CASE: NZXT H440 SSD: Crucial MX100 128 GB HDD: 1 TB WD Blue MOBO: MSI z97 PC MATE FANS: 6x Corsair SP120, 1x Corsair AF140 Monitor: ASUS VN247 PSU: Corsair CX600M RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance

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Get rid of that anti-virus.

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Chrome isn't an idle process...

 

Close chrome. If its closed then its stuck in memory for some reason.

Even after closing Chrome and uninstalling the antivirus, it's still using 2.5gb of ram with no programs running

CPU: i5 4690k @ 4.5 GHZ CPU COOLER: Hyper 212 EVO GPU: Evga GTX 970 SC ACX 2.0 CASE: NZXT H440 SSD: Crucial MX100 128 GB HDD: 1 TB WD Blue MOBO: MSI z97 PC MATE FANS: 6x Corsair SP120, 1x Corsair AF140 Monitor: ASUS VN247 PSU: Corsair CX600M RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance

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Chrome isn't an idle process...

 

Close chrome. If its closed then its stuck in memory for some reason.

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CPU: i5 4690k @ 4.5 GHZ CPU COOLER: Hyper 212 EVO GPU: Evga GTX 970 SC ACX 2.0 CASE: NZXT H440 SSD: Crucial MX100 128 GB HDD: 1 TB WD Blue MOBO: MSI z97 PC MATE FANS: 6x Corsair SP120, 1x Corsair AF140 Monitor: ASUS VN247 PSU: Corsair CX600M RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance

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I recommend a fresh Windows install. Upgrade to Windows 10 if you reserved your upgrade.

Is that all I can do? 

CPU: i5 4690k @ 4.5 GHZ CPU COOLER: Hyper 212 EVO GPU: Evga GTX 970 SC ACX 2.0 CASE: NZXT H440 SSD: Crucial MX100 128 GB HDD: 1 TB WD Blue MOBO: MSI z97 PC MATE FANS: 6x Corsair SP120, 1x Corsair AF140 Monitor: ASUS VN247 PSU: Corsair CX600M RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance

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Apart from going through your background processes and disabling those that you don't want running.

 

If you don't know what is what then a fresh Windows install is the only way.

 

It pays to know wtf is going on in your PC.

Oh I know what's happening with my pc, it's just I was confused as to why so many processes were running. 

I've managed to reduce it to 2gb on idle by disabling processes I don't need running in the background.

CPU: i5 4690k @ 4.5 GHZ CPU COOLER: Hyper 212 EVO GPU: Evga GTX 970 SC ACX 2.0 CASE: NZXT H440 SSD: Crucial MX100 128 GB HDD: 1 TB WD Blue MOBO: MSI z97 PC MATE FANS: 6x Corsair SP120, 1x Corsair AF140 Monitor: ASUS VN247 PSU: Corsair CX600M RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance

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If you leave a web browser running all the time, you might be accumulating ram usage through page navigation. When visiting page after page, a lot of that navigation history is held on to in RAM until you actually close the web browser - and then it all gets released. Just closing and reopening a web browser like Chrome can free up multiple GB of RAM, if it's been running for a long time.

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