4GB vs. 8GB of Memory on Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit...Worth the upgrade?

I have been running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit with 4GB of memory since Windows 7 launch. Overall,  the performance is pretty acceptable. I tend to be a person that has a lot of applications opened at once. And I just leave them open/running 24/7 for the most part until a reboot or computer crashes. Most of the time its Visual Studio 2010 Professional, Sql Server 2008 R2, Adobe Reader with a few e-book windows, and FireFox with "a lot" of open tabs. I seem to always end up having at least 10 different tabs open in the Firefox browser when I go to close it. 

Would doubling my ram increase my performance enough to justify the cost of doubling my memory?

What tools can I use now to tell me how much memory Im using and whether or not hard/drive trashing is even occurring as a result of an excessive amount of open software programs and tabs in the Firefox application? Thanks for all help.


System configuration: Winndows 7 RTM, Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3L motherboard, Intel Pentium Dual-Core E6300 Wolfdale @ 2.8GHz, 4GB PC-1066 DDR2 Patriot Viper Memory, 500 GB Western Digital Hard Disk, GeForce 8800GT Videocard
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Also take note that the Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3L motherboards can be sensive to using the second pair of Memory slots and you may need to increase the (G)MCH voltage and Dram voltage.

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RAMMap for memory usage:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ff700229.aspx

Yes based on what you posted, especially VS and Sql Server the increase to 8GB should make a noticable difference.

 

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