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How much RAM is in your computer?

By Shawn Knight ยท 120 replies
May 29, 2015
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  1. open forum ram wof memory hardware computer pc

    Memory is a key component in any computer and without a sufficient amount on tap, the entire system will feel sluggish regardless of what other beefy hardware you might be running.

    The amount of RAM you’ll need for a typical desktop or notebook will largely be dictated by what sort of activities you plan to do with it. Personally, I wouldn’t dare build a system with any less than 8GB of memory and even that is pushing it if you’re looking to stay ahead of the curve.

    With this week’s open forum, we want to know how much RAM populates your main PC. Let us know in the comments below!

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  2. USAvenger

    USAvenger TS Booster Posts: 88   +89

    16GB... Because I love keeping numerous Chrome tabs open.
  3. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 378   +113

    8GB and really I find that's not enough, especially when I just have so much open. Looking to either swap mobo/cpu and go 16GB, when Skylake drops maybe or do a 16GB upgrade on this board. Either way it's going to be interesting ;)
  4. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,976   +2,369

    32GB, most of it just sits around watching the rest of the memory memorize things.
    cmbjive, H3llion, gamoniac and 8 others like this.
  5. jauffins

    jauffins TS Enthusiast Posts: 85   +24

    I made the jump to 16GB a year or two ago, and when I eventually go 5820k (and gift this 4690k to my significant other) I'll probably go 16GB again if only because I'll have room for a second -6GH kit (for 32GB), for future-proofing purposes.
  6. Hasbean

    Hasbean TS Booster Posts: 122   +33

  7. At college and living off Ramen, so 2GB
    Wendig0, gamoniac and mrtraver like this.
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,043   +4,768


    And if 8GB wasn't enough I do believe my machine would crash, because I have my Pagefile turned off. Until I run into problems with lack of memory, I'm not worried about having more.
    waqasr and trgz like this.
  9. Siavash

    Siavash TS Booster Posts: 47   +21

    4GB here. It's kinda more than enough for my daily tasks and gaming, but an upgrade to 8GB is necessary for heavy software compiling (with Link Time Optimization) and highpoly modeling in Blender without running out of memory.
    Daniel G likes this.
  10. wishgranter

    wishgranter TS Rookie

    192 GB right now, but have on desk remaining pieces for 256 GB ( Dual Xeon) using for 3D work...
  11. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,754   +1,031

    12GB on my box...I'm probably going to up it, every I run photoshop for over an hour, my hard drive crunches & crunches after I shut it down.
    DaveBG likes this.
  12. j05hh

    j05hh TS Booster Posts: 171   +42

  13. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,233   +494

    16 GB in my gaming machine.
    16 GB in my MBP.
  14. risc32

    risc32 TS Addict Posts: 209   +96

    16gb, I usually have a bunch of stuff running at once. It's standard for me to be listening to music via media center, have 1/2 a dozen chrome windows open, and be processing a hundred RAW files. I shoot weddings so sometimes I'm batch processing 1000-1500 RAW files with dxo taking my cpu's 4 cores to 100% for 15hrs straight. I don't recall mem usage going much beyond 6gb or so, but I have had adobe elements tell me I'm out if ram a few times, so I don't know what to make of that.
  15. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,995   +1,378

    16GB. Funny how it wasn't that long ago if you had more than 4GB the "experts" were tell you it was wasted memory.
  16. Truong Pham

    Truong Pham TS Rookie

    I still use 8GB ancient DDR2-800 because still wait for AMD next gen.
    deemon and Cryio like this.
  17. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,545   +429

    On my laptop (2009 MBP) 8 GB.
    On my desktop (custom build i5) 16GB.
  18. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,840   +1,267

    8GB (laptop)
    16GB (desktop)
  19. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,293   +576

    I have 16GB on the machine I'm using at the moment.
  20. DJMIKE25

    DJMIKE25 TS Addict Posts: 181   +72

    16 on my gaming rig. More than enough for my needs at the moment but have been looking at getting another 16, with all of the deals on memory.

    16 on my laptop as well, but I often need to run virtual machines on it for work.
  21. I have 16GB of memory in my PC.
  22. Eisblesse

    Eisblesse TS Rookie


    Running multiple game servers and playing at the same time used to max out 8 near instantly.
  23. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,306   +802

  24. 16 on my newest build. I never needed more than 8 on my last build, but usage often passed 6 gb, so I figured I'd just get 16 and never need to mess with a possible upgrade in the future.
  25. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 833   +273


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