PC RAM in Compilation

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    PC RAM in Compilation

    This seems like a silly question with an obvious answer, but I just wanted to make sure.

    How significant would more RAM in a computer speed up compilation time if any? Let's say going from 512mb of RAM to 1.5Gb of RAM.

    I would imagine much of the load in compilation is dealt with in all the CPU's computations, but I figured better ram would help.
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    More RAM makes more of a significant difference in computers with less RAM to begin with, like say upgrading from 64mb -> 512mb. Except for memory-intensive tasks (not compiling!), and multi-tasking, upgrading from 512mb to 1.5gb RAM isn't going to help that much. That's just my opinion though.

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    Yes, I guess that makes sense. I'm just not sure if compiling extremely large projects could put some real weight on the memory. Anyone that works on a pretty large programming team that compiles huge projects regularly should have a good idea of whether RAM help in those cases.

    The biggest difference I've noticed so far is how fast programs close. I used to close games like Oblivion of Need for Speed Most Wanted and it would take my PC about a minute to settle down before I could open anything else. Now things close instantly and everything still runs smooth. I'm greatly pleased with that.
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    More RAM is always better, so long as your OS can make use of it.

    It will
    - reduce the amount of swap file activity,
    - increase the amount of file system caching
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    So, if you've got a few include files in your project weighing in at over 100MB each, it will go faster.

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    If you've got a GB of memory, and all you run is minesweeper, windows will find a reason to use the swap file.
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