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So one of my friends told me he has a $2500 computer that has 1TB hard drive space and 36GB or RAM!!! Is it possible to have 36GB's of ram on a computer? And what is the highest amount of ram a computer can have?

asked Dec 31 '10 at 22:35

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There are multiple factors that go into how much RAM a computer can suport. The two main things that can throttle the amount of RAM a computer can support, is the motherboard and the OS. 64-bit operating systems can support up to a theoretical 9 terabytes of RAM and the amount of RAM a motherboard can support depends on the manufacturer.

answered Jan 01 '11 at 00:01

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Possible. But 2500!? Impossible. It would need to cost at least 10000.

answered Jan 01 '11 at 05:34

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not impossible... jut not economical...

(Mar 08 '13 at 10:51) trueb trueb's gravatar image

Yes this is possible to have that and more. A company in America named Maingear custom build some super performance PC's and they offer up to 98GB of RAM! They also overclock their CPU's to insane speeds of around the 4GHz mark.

answered Jan 01 '11 at 06:32

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It depends on the Computer.

answered Jan 01 '11 at 07:25

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Louis Jenvey

A 32 bit system can support up to 4gb og memory and a 64bit system (in theory) support 16TB of memory. Now I'm just a first year student so don't quote me, but I think that I'm right....I hope.

answered Jan 01 '11 at 21:36

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It's 3gb and 9tb

(Jan 02 '11 at 05:21) FilipinoPower FilipinoPower's gravatar image

It's possible but I highly doubt it only cost him $2500 for the whole thing.

answered Jan 01 '11 at 22:41

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Thank you all for your answers. And the computer is an HP desktop I forgot to add. So is it possible for HP to produce this?

answered Jan 03 '11 at 19:17

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Absolutely not. You would never find an HP desktop straight from the manufacturer in this configuration. It would require an extremely customized motherboard, and HP's selection of motherboards isn't terribly varied.

If your friend turned on virtual memory, it would be possible for the computer to simulate 36 GB of ram, but the only real reason to have 36 GB of actual ram would be some sort of virtualization and cpu sharing, I suppose.

Theres really no real reason for a modern computer to have that much ram. If I had the money to spend on such a powerhouse, I would rather buy several computers to dedicate to individual purpose, rather than a 36GB monster just because I could.

answered Feb 02 '11 at 02:20

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Windows 7 Ultimate supports up to 192Gb of ram.

answered Feb 02 '11 at 16:10

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36GB of RAM for that price is stupid. 1TB isn't impressive anymore.

£20000 I know a build with 16 cores, 96gb DDR3 and 3 GTX Titans

answered Feb 02 '11 at 16:15

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Tim Fontana

edited Mar 08 '13 at 06:00

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