Answer by Alastor Moody · Sep 18, 2011 at 07:55 PM
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.
Answer by windowstechtalker · Sep 18, 2011 at 08:07 PM
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.
Answer by Liam Quade · Sep 18, 2011 at 10:45 PM
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.
Answer by Drmgiver · Sep 19, 2011 at 11:26 PM
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.
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