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On a new computer - how much RAM do you recommend for use with Windows 8? 7?

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  1. sonicpunk32

    sonicpunk32 Regular Member

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    This is so that there won't be any performance lag or need to use virtual memory from the harddrive. I like running a lot of programs. A lot. As I speak I have Firefox and Chrome running, each taking over a gig of ram.
     
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    People usually go with 8GB - not sure why. I'm assuming they believe 16GB is too high and won't be needed so they don't spend the extra money. Sometimes, 8GB to 16GB is equivalent to buying 1TB for $59 or 2TB for $69. There usually isn't a huge price gap between the two. I bought a 16GB kit for about $80 on Newegg. The price went up to $140. I told G.Skill I wanted to swap because it didn't work. I swapped it with $80 8GB kit.

    Personally, I have 8GB for my laptop (highest is 8GB, but people get 16GB but I couldn't get it to work) and my three servers that house Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, and backup each have 16GB.

    8GB is good, it's okay and I think you'd be alright. But if you have many many things open and you want to be safe, I'd suggest higher. Windows 8 is good with RAM. I usually have tons of tabs open, remote desktop, vSphere Client, outlook, Skype and Spotify and only takes over half. Right now, I have five tabs, outlook, and Skype at 3.5GB out of 7.4GB (8GB total, but 7.4 usable - onboard GPU).
    For a brief answer -- if you are editing videos or such, I'd suggest 16GB so then you have safe room and can even create a RAM disk. 8GB minimum.
     
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    Yea
    8GB is enough.
     
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    If your running multiple programs at once, often you will need a better cpu > more ram.
     
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    +8 GB (too short)
     
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    Of all the things to ask why RAM? It's like the cheapest component in a computer..
     
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    I do not recommend Windows 8 to anyone. Stick with 7 and 8gb ram is fine.
     
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    Here's the truth- Open up all the programs you'd Ever use at one time and goto task manager and then performance.
    SEE how much ram you should purchase...Don't Guess.

    You said "I like running a lot of programs. A lot."
    I'd say 16Gigs if you can afford it. Programs are only going to get bigger.

    truth out
     
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    Future proof yourself if possible.
    Get as much as you can afford and is supported by the mobo.

    Once you have bought it, it's done and you won't miss the money.
     
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    win 7 ultimate - 8 gig ddr 3 1600 - gtx 770 oc.

    how much ram makes little difference its about a combo
    of things like, cpu / gpu / ram / mobo
     
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    8Gb gets the job done, but when you move to 16GB you will never go back.
     
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    Sorry, I should have said laptop. I'm keeping my eye on laptops that have the following CPUs:

    Intel Core i7-4700MQ
    Intel Core i5-4200M
    Intel Core i5-3230M
    AMD A8-4500M

    I don't think I've seen one with 16GB, heck 32GB would be nice, if upgradable, but the majority either have 4GB or 8GB.
     
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    I forgot to mention that I strongly recommend an SSD if you want a fast running os. In fact, the SSD would be more important than the RAM. SSD and 4GB RAM are much faster than HDD and 8+GB RAM.
     
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    8GB is enough unless you are a gamer and edit videos a lot!
     
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    Oh yes, I forgot about SSDs. I've seen ones that have built in 16GB SSD in addition to the standard HDD or something. So yeah, would definitely use that to put the OS on the SSD.

    And yes, I do plan to be doing some HD video editing in the future. Along with some 3D apps, maybe.
     
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    16GB SSD is gonna be occupied in 3..2..1 :D
    So get at least 100 GB if you can afford it.
     
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    Yeah, I have my eye on this MSI gaming laptop that has a 256GB SSD in addition to a 1TB HDD and 16GB RAM.