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Admiral i just noticed you have 16gb of ram. Lmao. You must use like a maximum 10 percent at any given time? Why so much? Future proof?
even if you only use 4gb, its better to have more than 4 gb and have headroom. And he probably uses his rig for more than just gaming
    
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Yeah after posting I realised it was kind of a dumb question. I have only ever had dd2 pc2-6400 800Mhz so i really have no comparison. Alhough im upgrading soon hence me trying to get a hold of this learning curve
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I wouldn't say it was a dumb question (there's hardly such a thing), rather a bit of a lack of insight. What I mean is, your use and even most enthusiasts here get by fine with far less (like 4GB), so it may seem exorbitant to you, but this is something that depends on the user too. For example, look at my CPU. It's just a dual core, yet I mostly get by fine on it (I'm waiting for Ivy Bridge). However, it wouldn't be fair for me to say quad core CPUs are pretty useless since 99% of my own use gets me by fine with one. There's things out there that need more, and those who use/need them, just like there's things that benefit from the extra RAM, so be sure there will be users who use it.

By the way, here's my momentary RAM use for reference. This isn't artificially inflated, though it is a pretty heavy level of load, not my idle/average or anything.



Besides, if you think about it, most PCs get used/passed on for a while, either to family or to a seller or whatever. Even if they aren't towards the top of the line anymore, I've found RAM greatly extends a PC's useful life after it has aged some.

I'm an advocate that RAM is one of those things you never hurt by having more (up to about double or so) than what you need, although yes, you do reach a point where you are doing yourself a disservice of waste (like needing 2GB and using 16GB or something). So I can see why you said that, as some people do just load up it thinking it helps out of ignorance (to the contrary, it can hurt sometimes), but I imagine (or hope) most who have alot of RAM benefit from it, even if they don't "need" it.
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Thanks for your insight. It certainly is each to their own, i asked my question a little to quick and narrow mindedly.

I will be building myself and my gf a new pc in the coming months, mine mostly for gaming and music production so 8gb ddr3 1600 should seem sufficient for me

Although my gf is into photography and will be using photoshop and lightroom with raw images and im quite unsure with the amount she will need?
As you said there isnt an overall harm in having more but cost wise it would be more efficient to get the correct amount.
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I'm unaware of Lightroom's demands, but Photoshop and imagining in general can use alot of RAM (the more, the better) depending on the extent of use. "Raw images" sounds like she uses it more than lightly/passively. With prices as they are, I'd say 16GB might not be a bad idea, but I'm not sure if it'd be needed. Someone who does imaging and works with raw photos with Photoshop might be able to give you a better answer, but at least 8GB minimum for sure.

8GB should be plenty for your uses for some time to come.
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Yeah, like Alt+Tab outta BC2 Can't do it on a mere 4gb
i do it on 2GB how cant you do it on four?
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