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how many gigs of ram do u need to make a good computer

asked Sep 18 '11 at 18:48

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Don't be ridiculous people, he wants to build a computer likely and you aren't helping.

It really depends what Operating System and plans you have for this computer. I recommend 4 GBs of RAM for just about anyone, even sufficient for most gamers. If you want to run graphics editors, virtual machines, or video editing software, I would look at 6-8 GBs of RAM. If you want to future proof your system, go ahead and put 8 GBs of RAM if you don't mind the extra cost. I run 6 GBs on DDR2 memory and its enough to handle good mufti-tasking plus a virtual machine.

answered Sep 18 '11 at 18:55

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edited Sep 18 '11 at 18:57


Gamers like 16GB not 4 or 8 :P

(Sep 18 '11 at 18:58) Jackster1337 Jackster1337's gravatar image

That isn't necessary, Crysis 2 recommends 3 GBs of memory, 4 is sufficient. If you want to make a gaming rig and blow a ton of money, be my guest. However, most people want a computer that will last and run most applications for many years... 4-8 depending on needs, is plenty.

(Sep 18 '11 at 19:00) Alastor Moody ♦♦ Alastor%20Moody's gravatar image
  • Windows + Steam + Team Speak + What ever elts is running. All adds up.
(Sep 18 '11 at 19:05) Jackster1337 Jackster1337's gravatar image

Not by much, do the math. I'm running 81 processes on Windows 7 x64 and only using 1.88 GBs of RAM. If you load a game, it might use 1-2 GBs of RAM, that leaves you room. If you want to play it safe, go ahead and get 6-8. Additionally, you should be looking at the hard drive, CPU, graphics, and environment of the machine, - not just the RAM. RAM itself has specifications that make a difference, the DDR, clock, etc. Amount of RAM is commonly miss-understood by these specifications. The most common bottleneck in high performance PCs is the hard drive, not the RAM. You will see little to NO difference if you take a machine running 4 GBs of RAM, give it 8, then 12, etc - complete practical over-kill.

(Sep 18 '11 at 19:10) Alastor Moody ♦♦ Alastor%20Moody's gravatar image

I'm running 62 processes and I use up 3.2GB of RAM. browsers omnomnom your ram like crazy -.- I've recently upgraded to 8GB RAM and even that is often running short :O

(Sep 18 '11 at 22:10) Yarvaxea Yarvaxea's gravatar image

If I want to broadcast my game live on Own3d using Xsplit how much Ram do u recommend? I am running on 3 GB and game lags as it is.

(Sep 20 '11 at 07:17) Patxi Patxi's gravatar image

With stuff like that it is about GPU and CPU performance.

(Sep 20 '11 at 19:20) Jackster1337 Jackster1337's gravatar image
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Depends on what you do on your machine. 2GBs is relatively good for the average user. 4GBs for the Happy Medium user. 8GBs for the power user, but more is always good.

answered Sep 18 '11 at 19:07

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I'd just get 4GB of RAM. It's the standard and in most cases you won't even need 4GB. 4GB is just so cheap there is really no point with getting less. 4GB of DDR3 can be sold for around $20 from decent brands.

I started out my computer with 4GB of RAM and recently upgraded to 8GB. There isn't much performance increase and I hardly ever actually go over 4GB. So I'd just go with 4GB and upgrade as needed.

answered Sep 18 '11 at 21:45

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The answer depends on a lot of details. The biggest being if you are setting up a 64 or a 32 bit system. If it is 32, then the most you could ever put into it is 4 Gs. Unfortunately I do not know the limitations of a 64 bit system. I have only made the 32 bit so far. My next computer will probably be a 64 bit. However I am rambling a bit. The next thing you want to know is what you will be doing with it. If you just need a computer to do web browsing and checking email, you need only 1 gig. If you want to do video editing or gaming, you could be ok with 2, but I would recommend 4. All this being said, memory is dirt cheap. Get as much as you can afford.

answered Sep 19 '11 at 22:26

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answered Sep 18 '11 at 18:54

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edited Sep 18 '11 at 18:54

No actually 1TB

(Sep 18 '11 at 22:05) nickjuly4 nickjuly4's gravatar image

192 is theoretically possible right? :)

(Sep 20 '11 at 06:50) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

192GB is the max possible in Windows 7. Server 08 can take 2TB

And yes people go to the max. I work with enterprise servers that are massive.

(Sep 20 '11 at 08:17) Jackster1337 Jackster1337's gravatar image

8gigs on dual channel modes, 12 gigs on triple channel modes.

answered Sep 18 '11 at 19:16

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At least 8 gigs. any less and it won't work for me

answered Sep 20 '11 at 13:25

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1024 GB (1 TB)... jk

As much as you can afford.

answered Sep 20 '11 at 18:54

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you only need 4 gb for a good pc

answered Sep 20 '11 at 19:13

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Depends what you are going to do with the computer...

(Sep 20 '11 at 19:21) Jackster1337 Jackster1337's gravatar image

It completely depends on what you want to do with your computer.

Nowadays, a desktop/notebook should have 2 GB at minimum. If you want to get into some heavy multitasking, you should go up to at least 4 GB, while gamers will go from 8 GB and up. Again, it completely depends on what you plan to use the computer for.

My main rig has 8 GB in it, since I like to play games, or run a BUNCH of apps at the same time. My laptop has 4 GB in it on the other hand, since I don't really use it to game, but still run a bunch of things at once.

RAM has gotten so cheap now that 4 GB isn't that big of deal to use anymore. (Just remember that 32 bit OS can only use 4GB at most!)

answered Sep 20 '11 at 19:47

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