I find this thread *somewhat* funny. I remember going with a 4GB DDR2 800, 4-4-4-12 RAM kit in 2007, and everyone thought it was overkill. My rig, upgraded from a dual to a quad was still running fine on 4GB in 2010, and I only got another 2GB stick because the one was acting funny (it wasn't all the way in the slot when I switched motherboards, go figure). Now 4GB seems slightly too low, and 6GB was a good upgrade. Going with 8GB (already purchased) on my IB rig in April, and I'm hoping this will be enough until DDR4 comes out and it's time to do a new rig. But anyways 16GB is probably barely enough for some, and IMO it's better than wasting money for some RAM timings or slightly more memory bandwidth. That extra ~$50-100 for a high-end RAM kit would be much better going towards a graphics card, some nice case fans, a better heatsink, and/or more often upgrades for me. If it's some sort of bleeding-edge HWBot rig, fast RAM is worth it.