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16GB or RAM but less usage why?
I just finished off my rig some weeks ago, with 16GB of ram installed. I was wondering why my PC does not use more than 50% of the ram installed. Example when I am playing games I often seen less...less than 500MB or ram usage, is there any reasons why?smile.gif
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Because games only use what they need, so if you have a really old game in trhe ages of 1gb RAM being mainstream, you will need memory and stream fixes for it to use more etc

What game was that in? as that is itself pretty low
     
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A computer will only use as much RAM as necessary. The vast majority of users will see no difference between 8GB of ram and 16gb of ram. Maybe even 4gb. Programs are loaded into memory the memory as they're being accessed - so unless you're using numerous different files, playing music, running multiple web-browsers and gaming at the same time, I don't think you're going to see it go much above 8GB. Photo and video editing are a different story, but even then 16gb is a hefty chunk of RAM.
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A computer will only use as much RAM as necessary. The vast majority of users will see no difference between 8GB of ram and 16GB of ram. Maybe even 4GB. [...] Photo and video editing are a different story, but even then 16gb is a hefty chunk of RAM.

Agreed. In general, buying any amount of RAM above 8GB is a total waste of $$$ unless you have an existing predefined usage case for it.
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Because games only use what they need, so if you have a really old game in trhe ages of 1gb RAM being mainstream, you will need memory and stream fixes for it to use more etc

What game was that in? as that is itself pretty low
FIFA 13, Assasins creed 3 etc.
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So far you have been really helpful. Thanks everyone:thumb:

In the very beggining of my rig I had 8GB RAM, for cheap! because the price was reduced. Some days after the price raised UP redface.gif I was so happy to had my for cheap. Some weeks later I looked out for the same RAM and the price have fallen to the price I bought it recently, so I bought 1 again... I bought the other 8GB RAM just to save my butt for some years... without warring about my RAM. That is why I have got 16GB, it`s lots of RAM. But buying a corsair 1600mhz 16GB RAM for 64 pounds... I feel like its a gift!smile.gif
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Just remember unused RAM is wasted RAM. If you're only using 50% of it after using the computer to do everything you normally do, then the other 50% is essentially wasted.

I run 8GB old DDR2 1066 ram and it does everything - plays games, all my office work, I can run several small VMs at the same time etc...
 
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Just remember unused RAM is wasted RAM. If you're only using 50% of it after using the computer to do everything you normally do, then the other 50% is essentially wasted.

I run 8GB old DDR2 1066 ram and it does everything - plays games, all my office work, I can run several small VMs at the same time etc...
The fact is I have not seen my RAM exceeding even 30% 40%. I think mybe 16GB is too much.
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The fact is I have not seen my RAM exceeding even 30% 40%. I think mybe 16GB is too much.

Most likely.

I have 16 GBs of RAM because I work with large files in Premiere Pro, Lightroom and Photoshop,
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I have 16gig of Samsung but only use 12 of it on my board - see sig

I got 16 cos it was on such a good offer at the time. But some games have reached 8 I believe so 16 will come handy in the future.

Also virtual pc is away of using it thumb.gif
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