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Will a current PC gamer benefit from 16 GB instead of 8 GB RAM?

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Assuming they run 1680x1050/1920x1080 games in maximum detail.
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No
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It would depend on the game and what all they're doing. If they're playing WoW, Diablo 3, or other games that barely use more than a couple gigs of memory than no. If they're playing Skyrim with mods or other games with a very high memory usage than yes it may help. If they multi task a lot or use browser windows with a LOT of tabs than yes it would help as well. To sum it up if their memory use is >8gb than they want 16gb, if it's not than no they won't need it. If you find a great sale on 16gb though I'd get it anyways since it's almost industry standard to have it.

EDIT: With games you will want to look at the amount of memory on the Graphics card and try to get a card with a minimum of 2gb, and if they're doing high VRAM use games (Skyrim with mods as an example) you may want a 3gb or 4gb card in that instance.
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post #4 of 25
hmmm, not really, not even Skyrim with the memory patch would really benefit. 8gb is fine.
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post #5 of 25
8GB is enough for gaming. You'd need 16GB for video editing, photoshop, etc.
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Nope.
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post #7 of 25
If you can find it on the cheap and decide to do more than you need, you could always make a RAM disk tho. If you can squeeze 16GB on a RD, I'm sure some games will fit right on there, that'd be pretty pimp, especially if not running an SSD already.
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post #8 of 25
yup, if you can go up to 32gb it would be a lot better.
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hmmm, not really, not even Skyrim with the memory patch would really benefit. 8gb is fine.

I play Skyrim and What is this?
    
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post #10 of 25
Minimum spec for games is getting up there. In the not so distant future 8gb just wont cut it. For instance, Watchdogs supposed minimum memory requirement is 6gb. Honestly, I would feel much safer with 16gb. It really gives you room to breath, especially if you have tasks/other programs running in the background while gaming. I would recommend 16gb anymore.thumb.gif
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