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How much RAM is "too much"?

Obviously there are many systems around these days that don't have enough RAM, but on the other end of the spectrum, some people go way overboard. Call it future-proofing, call it going crazy, but people do it.

Personally I have 8GB and haven't gotten past 6GB used.

asked May 31 '10 at 20:12

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There is never too much ram in a computer. lol

I have 8 GB or ram. Of those 8 GB of ram I never got past 4 GB of ram

answered May 31 '10 at 20:15

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ram over 4 gb is not recognized on 32bit systems.

(Sep 11 '10 at 13:14) viliona viliona's gravatar image

And I do have a 64 bit OS running on a quad core platform

(Sep 11 '10 at 13:39) kevin ♦♦ kevin's gravatar image

actually 3gigs of ram isnt recognized, and even though it isnt recognized a single program can be using the full four gigs if it wanted. theres a misconception about that

(Mar 12 '11 at 00:05) synaptiv synaptiv's gravatar image

There is no such thing as too much performance. The only things limiting your RAM capacity are your budget and your motherboard :)

answered May 31 '10 at 22:45

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Throwing a lot of RAM into a machine that will never use all of it is a waste of your $$. Look into faster I/O with SSD's or Hybrid SSD's.

For the longest time, "more RAM" was the commonplace answer when the question "How can I increase my PC's performance?" was asked. That's no longer the case. Silicon has caught up and blown past what most consumer operating systems and general use software are capable of using. The sweet spot nowadays tends to be 4GB. Anything over, make sure you'll at least use it or it's wasted. Monitoring your system's resources to find bottlenecks is more important now than it has ever been so you won't be frustrated when you buy an additional 8GB RAM for a "performance boost" and don't see any.

answered Jun 01 '10 at 13:44

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My board supports 24GB using 12GB triple channel kits, I have 6GB installed as 1GB DIMMS. Right now it's just not necessary to even have more than 4GB unless your into VM.

answered May 31 '10 at 20:15

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Justin Green

I only have 4GB in my laptop I do a lot of video editing so I really need more. I am looking at getting a desktop

answered May 31 '10 at 20:20

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Im in at 4gb and i can do just about everything i wanted to do on it.

answered Jun 02 '10 at 23:45

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You cant have to much ram!

answered Jun 01 '10 at 11:26

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RAM is not like CPU, guys... Even most people who have 4GB never use all of it, simply cause they're not running applications that need it or they're not multitasking like crazy, so it ends up never being fully utilized.

answered Jun 01 '10 at 13:36

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i agree there can never be too much. in a few years 8gb will most likely be a minimum. look at the past, when i get me laptop 3 years ago 2gb was the most you could get in a consumer laptop. plus vista needed all the ram it could get.

answered Jun 05 '10 at 14:39

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if you have 32GB of ram you are crazy 8GB is just enough

answered Jun 05 '10 at 14:38

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