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Offline brandon81001  
#1 Posted : Saturday, May 16, 2015 8:10:24 PM(UTC)
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I'm fairly new to PC gaming, so I still have a lot of unanswered technical questions. One that just came up during a conversation with a friend of mine is how much RAM is needed. Currently I have 8gb DDR3 RAM and so far, it seems to be performing very well. However, this friend of mine pretty much told me that 8gb is a joke and that I need to aim at getting at least 16gb of RAM. He currently has 32gb. I personally feel like he has it just to have it and that all of that RAM isn't really necessary, however I've been wrong before so I don't know. What are your thoughts on this?
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#2 Posted : Saturday, May 16, 2015 11:09:13 PM(UTC)
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Just from my person experiences, I used to game on 4gigs of RAM perfectly fine. My only issues were that I needed new RAM every year pretty much because they just got burnt out. I think a big standard is 16gigs, but I am not certain, but if you don't have a sufficient processor and a good amount of Cashe then you are just bottle-necking information. I think it's safe to say 8gigs is still a very good start.

I used to also play games with some people that ran 32gigs of RAM and there were almost no differences is performance vs my 4gigs. My example is based off of playing several MMO RPGs such as EQ, EQ2, Rift, Aion, Warhammer Online, SWTOR, and some WoW.

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#3 Posted : Sunday, May 17, 2015 1:29:52 AM(UTC)
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64gb is overkill. Anything under is fine.
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#4 Posted : Sunday, May 17, 2015 3:09:12 AM(UTC)
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64gb is overkill. Anything under is fine.

I hope the day never comes that says "min req specs. - 64gb RAM" lol. So much RAM :(((

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#5 Posted : Sunday, May 17, 2015 12:19:43 PM(UTC)
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The cost would be ridiculous, but I am betting the game will look amazing
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#6 Posted : Sunday, May 17, 2015 2:33:28 PM(UTC)
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For gaming purposes 8GB should be sufficient for quite some time. My systems either have 8GB or 16GB, memory was cheap a while back so I was able to buy it for much less than now. Prices have come down a little but I miss the days of really cheap DDR3
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#7 Posted : Sunday, May 17, 2015 10:58:48 PM(UTC)
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Companies really seem to be promoting "surge protected RAM" more and more. Which in turn is inflating the prices way too much if you ask me. Can't get a Kingstone without crossair X super duper extra good protection, haha... In all seriousness though I do miss cheap RAM, but I replaced it a whole lot more often back then too.

A lot of systems out of the box come with 16gb RAM as what looks like to be a pretty normal standard. Grantid there are plenty of systems with 4 to 8, there is just no reason to get more than 16gb for sure. 32 is great and all, but too expensive in reality.

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#8 Posted : Monday, May 18, 2015 1:51:36 AM(UTC)
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8gb=Casual Gaming

16gb=Hardcore Gaming

32gb=Gaming/Recording

64gb=Just about anything.

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#9 Posted : Wednesday, May 27, 2015 10:51:02 PM(UTC)
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128 GB I feel is a bit of a overkill for a motherboard...
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#10 Posted : Wednesday, May 27, 2015 10:54:33 PM(UTC)
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Overkill? Overkill?! More like still beating a new horse after it was overkilled by being stabbed 64 times in the head and chest. Then kicking it around trying to see if it is still alive and jabbing it a few more times to make sure of its deadedness. Yes, I made up that word. Shut up! xD
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#11 Posted : Tuesday, June 30, 2015 9:17:34 AM(UTC)
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I used to also play games with some people that ran 64GB of RAM and there were almost no differences is performance vs my 4gigs.
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#12 Posted : Tuesday, June 30, 2015 12:34:31 PM(UTC)
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I used to also play games with some people that ran 64GB of RAM and there were almost no differences is performance vs my 4gigs.

Actually, (lore bunny time) there is a difference. The more RAM you have on a 64bit system, the better the PC runs. With 32gbs, you can run multiple high resource value programs than you could have with 4gbs. You would also notice a quick boot time of programs and the PC itself. So you know, 64gb is better that 4gb, just a little overkill though.

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