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Originally Posted by h2spartan View Post

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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Originally Posted by driftingforlife View Post

Don't take Minimum spec as what it really needs, like cod, no where near 6GB.

I'd take those as the specs for your system, not the games actually utilised amount. So a system with 6Gb should be fine to run said game.
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I'd take those as the specs for your system, not the games actually utilised amount. So a system with 6Gb should be fine to run said game.

Yeah and a lot of times now days thous recommended specs are over shoot the ram need by quite a bit. I guess you could argue they are taking into account things like skype ect. but still.

Even in this day and age the amount of x64 games (games that can use more then 3,5GB of system ram) are quite few and far between.

Honestly there has been more regression then progress on that front, in many cases due to the games been build with the old consoles in mind and so not even maxing out that 3,5GB available for 32-bit programs (Crysis had an x64 exe but 2 and 3 do not).

With the next gen consoles out we will probably see more true x64 games that do in deed use some more ram but even then I doubt they on there own would use more then 6GB so in an 8GB system you would still have 2GB left for the OS/other programs.

My guess is that most of the memory foot print expansion of games is going to happen on the vram side. I would be much more worried about 2GB graphics cards becoming obsolete then running out of system ram in an 8GB system and even then its mostly about textures so its very scalable and future games will most likely run just fine on old 2GB cards even if texture quality needs to be dropped.
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Agree with @Bit_reaper as above.
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4GB = enough for majority of current games
6GB = plenty for any game
8GB = leaves you room to run other tasks while playing
16GB = waste of money if the pc is used for gaming only
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Overall I think 8gb will be good enough until DDR4 becomes mainstream.
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