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How much RAM needed for NEXT Gen PC Gaming?

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Guys, I have only 4GB Ram corsair 1600, Fx - 8350, HD7870 2GB graphics card, win 8.1 64 bit.
When I run games like evil within . and open up task manager it utilizes only 1.5 to 1.7 gb of RAM, the game is running at 30 fps fixed .

I am wondering do I really need to upgrade to 8GB Ram for the next 1 year of gaming? what do you suggest? 4GB is enough?
note - I don't wanna spend any money on my hardware right now, going through a rough time...
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Technically no, but you may have to close any unnecessary processes running in the background.
I'm certain that most requirements state 4gb system ram as the recommended specs, the amount of ram that varies is the Vram, located on your GPU.
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if you upgrade to 8gb ram then you have no ram problems in future but in gaming 4-6gb is sweetspot for rendering 8gb is sweetspot
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8gb would be the plan especially as gaming gets better multi-core performance. If you do get 8gb, get at least 1866.
Edited by TheBloodEagle - 10/20/14 at 8:25am
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8gb would be the plan especially as gaming gets better multi-core performance.

Increase memory usage and increase core utilization are not causally linked...
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Increase memory usage and increase core utilization are not causally linked...


Hmm, so why does Crysis 3 list 8gb as recommended for "High Performance"?
http://www.game-debate.com/games/index.php?g_id=3953&game=Crysis%203

In fact if you go through the AAA game lists, going from 2 cores to 4 cores recommends double the ram. I'd say that's casually linked. Contingent is another thing.
Edited by TheBloodEagle - 10/20/14 at 8:45am
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Hmm, so why does Crysis 3 list 8gb as recommended for "High Performance"?
http://www.game-debate.com/games/index.php?g_id=3953&game=Crysis%203

In fact if you go through the AAA game lists, going from 2 cores to 4 cores recommends double the ram. I'd say that's casually linked. Contingent is another thing.

Note that I said "causally" and not "casually".

Anyone with any knowledge of software would say so.
You can write a single threaded application that eats up a TB of RAM.
You can write a many threaded application that eats up 10MB of RAM.

It really depends on what the application does and how it was written... case by case.

In fact, I know your reasoning does not apply here. If the number of cores and the RAM requirement scale linearly in line, the application probably utilizes very independent processes. Games are not this.
Edited by DuckieHo - 10/20/14 at 9:32am
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post #8 of 16
You don't NEED 8 gigs. But it helps for sure. Until you personally run into a problem with it 4 will be fine.

It is to note the new consoles have a lot of shared memory, so memory requirements will probably go up.
Edited by aDyerSituation - 10/20/14 at 9:36am
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Do you intend to get new system that'd require ddr4 in the next year or so? If so I'd just hold up. I doubt we'll need that much ram just to game for a while. I got this kit back when ddr3 was pretty cheap. Now, vram...
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Going from 4GB 1333 to 8GB 2133 improved my min fps in Far Cry 3 VERY significantly. I was getting 48-54 fps drops until I updated.
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