this is mostly for dean or any other oracle heads out there.. i noticed the front page was taking a while to load after I dropped the new RAM in there, and did some poking around.. it turns out our buffer cache hit rate was down at like 15% because the db_block_buffers were set insanely low.. i played with it a bit, and ended up setting db_block_buffers to 3200 and db_files up to 400(from 80) the buffer cache is hitting about 99.8% right now(after 30 minutes) as a result.. also the 'getarticles' query on the front page is now just under 2 seconds to build, down about 3 seconds. so, everything seems ok, but the only thing i'm concerned about is oracle's total lack of thirst to use more than 200Mb of memory. now i don't know if this is just because its been running for a short period of time or because the buffer recycle is high(which isn't a bad thing) or what.. linux is also caching about 128Mb of RAM. its still got 450+Mb of physical *free*, which i think is a bit wacky. so i guess what i'm getting at is ya, the pages are a ton faster now out of the DB. but did i set the buffer cache to hit *TOO* often(and is there such a thing as too many cache hits(cus i wouldnt think so)?)? anyways, whenever you get a minute, let Jr. DBA here know :) thanks .djc.