After more playthroughs I am now convinced the problem is in fact related to certain things being on the page file.
Is there any way I can tell my computer to use the paging file more sparingly?
Curious for more info about RAM.
Right now I have 4 slots. They look sort of like this, where X is a slot, and the -'s are just there to indicate space between.
I've been told twinning ram is a good idea. IE if I have a 1G stick, I should "pair" it with another 1G stick. I presume this is why the slots are in sets of 2.
Right now each slot has 1G in it. I am wondering what the pluses and minuses of the following setups are...
this is 4 total. The minuses are outlined above, frankly.
This is 5 total, but breaks the pairing rule. I could afford this but frankly, it might be pointless.
Might be on the edge of what I can afford, but I might be able to do it. The question is, is the above better or is...
This, which leaves one slot blank, does not violate the "twin" rule; is it thus better than the above?
Okay this would be crazy imbalanced; but I'm wondering how it would compare to...
Which would feel odd leaving so many blank spaces