As I said, I am not a tech geek, but nor am I a complete noob when it comes to system usage of resources.
(not meant in a confrontational way at all btw)
I for the sake of testing, shut down all non-essential programs running, and of course I didnt run anything in the background, nor did I record or anything else, when I tested, I didnt run any 3rd party chat program (i.e. discord)
Now, the change is easily described, and I claim nothing but what I can play at now, and what I could play at before.
Machines basic specs:
GTX 1060 3 GB
8GB ram block, and 2x4GB ram blocks (so no, no dual channel)
When I ran with 1x8GB block, running games in 1080p, I never tried to shut down anything in the background, at some point I experienced slow downs from time to time, of the sort that would happen when a few enemies would be “activated” or when I entered a new area (very standard, nothing surprising) and I naturally thought, well crap, I should’ve spend more on the gfx card.
Then I read up on it, and the article (I am sorry I forgot who wrote it, and I cant find it right now, I will link to it if I find it) made alot of sense, even though the discussions found everyewhere are devided equally between supporters of more ram, and people thinking there is no need. I am not rich, so I figured, 8GB more ram would be the absolute cheapest way to upgrade, and if it didnt help, I could live with it fine.
When I installed them, the change was very noticable. I started playing on the same settings, and I had no problems, even on legend difficulty with much more enemy pressence. I tried adding all the effects, and only experience a few stutters when enemy hordes came.
Huge difference, and I can record while playing now, use discord and run regular programs in the background no problem.