I'm not sure that the RAM isn't an issue. All I can say for sure is that with this newer computer with 16 gigs of RAM versus the old one with only 4, I do not have crashes when trying to load save games. The 4 would always give an 'out of memory' error when trying to load a large saved game, the 16 has never given me that message.
While the game itself can't use the additional memory, with 16 available, all the memory the game needs is available to it, while the other 12 runs the Windows/AVS/Etc stuff in the background.
I'm no super expert, but I've been around computers and performed some ridiculous tweaks and troubleshooting in regards to games, and here is what I can tell you.
1. Lack of Ram shouldn't cause errors like loading games especially since they made this game 32bit and I have a feeling that maybe Your old system, (with only 4 gigs of Ram) had it's memory been eaten up by service/running background programs.
Think about it, your windows system uses maybe 1gig of Ram always, already leaving you with 3gigs now free, and then we have to calculate what other programs/backgrounds use your RAM of the 3gigs left etc..
so, the only thing you can do is work with the Pagefile, which uses your Harddrive as extra Ram when needed.
I mean your pagefile is essentially used as RAM when you are out of Ram, so to test this, go back to your old computer and set the pagefile to 16gigs.. and load a game of Distant Worlds. Technically you shouldn't get that error loading if this is the case.
If you still get the error, its bad programming and/or a bad ram block..
What Having 16 gigs of ram does help with, is having open a ton of programs, like having 20+ pages of Internet Explorer or Firefox or Chrome open.
It will not however increase your CPU speed. Your CPU needs to constantly be slowed down the more you have open and running in the background. Remember that, Ram does not help at all when trying to free your CPU up.. You can clearly see this in Task Manager and Resource Manager (in windows 8.1, I don't know Win10 yet.)
Point is, you need Fastest CPU to have a good experience in Distant Worlds late-game etc.. with the least amount of programs running in the background. 4gigs of Ram shouldn't cause any problems unless, as explained earlier, your system is using up too much of it.
Hope this helps a little and please do correct me if you see something at fault/wrong here.
< Message edited by Blabsawaw22 -- 9/4/2017 8:33:16 PM >