AutoCAD, Maya, 3DS Max, etc are very heavy software that require high RAM. The lower limit of RAM for just tolerable speed is 4 GB. Anything less than that will make you pull your hair out. At 4 GB, performance is bumpy; becoming non responsive after every few commands. This can be fixed in two ways..
Option 1 (Less Effective): ReadyBoost
ReadyBoost is a software included in Windows (Vista and above) that turns most USB Drives into RAM Extensions. But it’s just a software and isn’t very powerful.
- Plug in a USB Drive.
- Right click on it’s icon in ‘My PC’
- Open it’s Properties.
- Go to the ReadyBoost Tab.
- Select ‘Dedicate this Device to ReadyBoost’ if it’s a useless usb drive OR Select ‘Use this device’ and set the space you want to allocate for ReadyBoost.
- Click on OK.
Option 2 (More Effective): Paging
Paging is a complicated thing. Basically Windows uses this feature to use unused space on your Hard Drive as Virtual RAM. It is recommended that for PCs with more than 1 GB RAM, around 3 times it’s RAM should be reserved on the Hard Drive for paging. More reserved space means better performance.
- Open the Control Panel->System and Security->System
- Open the Advanced System Settings
- Under the Advanced Tab, open the performance settings
- Again, under the Advanced Tab (third time), click on ‘Change’
- Uncheck the box that says ‘Automatically manage…drives’
- Change the reserved sizes for the drive volumes as per requirement. Don’t forget to click on ‘Set’ every time.
- Click on OK.
Option 3: Buy more RAM.