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If I'm looking to build a really fast PC that will handle Gaming and Multiple resource heavy applications at once. Is 32gb worth it for me? What speeds would you recommend? Whats the correlation between the size of the memory and performance? Does having two times more memory mean I'll be able to run twice as many application Gigabytes without any noticeable slowdown?

EDIT:

I've been looking at these G.Skill sticks:

http://www.ebuyer.com/lists/list/60851


Here's the rest of my build:

http://www.ebuyer.com/lists/list/60849
Edited by Buteiko - 9/22/12 at 10:42am
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Why on earth would you need 32GB's of ram for? I never even go over 6GB's with mass amounts of stuff going. Perhaps you are going to make a ram drive with half? Thanks
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If I'm looking to build a really fast PC that will handle Gaming and Multiple resource heavy applications at once. Is 32gb worth it for me? What speeds would you recommend? Whats the correlation between the size of the memory and performance? Does having two times more memory mean I'll be able to run twice as many application Gigabytes without any noticeable slowdown?

There are VERY few applications/programs where 32 GB would be utilized. In 99% of scenarios even 16GB is overkill. Don't waste your money on 32GB of RAM unless you are doing hardcore rendering, and even then it'd be a tough decision.
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Why on earth would you need 32GB's of ram for? I never even go over 6GB's with mass amounts of stuff going. Perhaps you are going to make a ram drive with half? Thanks

That's what I've been wondering about.

What do you mean by "mass amounts of stuff going" can you be more specific?
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I would love to run many 64 bit virtual machines simultaniously, to play minecraft cranked, and to do ram disks.
Those are my reasons to buy 32GB of Ram
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X amount of memory is worth it if you need X amount of memory. Pretty simple really.

Most people won't use 32GiB of memory now or in the near future.

Some people may need far more.

Personally, I heavily multitask, run multiple VMs, have multiple RAM drives, and occasionally work with enormous databases that can easily fill 20-30GiB of memory by themselves. Thus 32GiB is worth it for me, and that is what my newest build has. I would have gone 64GiB, but 32GiB is just enough, and I already had the memory laying around.
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you would have to do be doing some very specific things to utilize that much RAM. if you were doing these things, you would know that you need the memory.
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you would have to do be doing some very specific things to utilize that much RAM. if you were doing these things, you would know that you need the memory.

Pretty much this. You can do VMs and run tons of stuff on just 16GB of RAM; the only reason to splurge on 4x 8GB sticks is if you're definitely trying a RAM drive.
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Large RAM quantities are usually not needed, even for RAM hogging applications. 8GB is usually enough unless you open multiple applications that reserve RAM, like a virtual machines. Other applications will release RAM if it isn't needed.

If you're unsure you could get 16GB. You would really need to be doing some crazy virtualization to make use of 32GB of RAM on a workstation.
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