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post #11 of 16
ability to use threads and occupy memory space are not mutually exclusive.
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Note that I said "causally" and not "casually".
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Derp, haven't slept yet. Good points.
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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...

I will planning an upgrade at the start of 2016, i am not a heavy user, i usually do some browsing, some excel, word. I don't need smooth 50-60 FPS , i just need stable 30 FPS . I am happy to play games on medium or high(not ultra) . But the latest games like COD Advanced Warfare mentioned minimum RAM required is 6GB . So do i need to upgrade to 8 GB now? or should i hold up for my next upgrade?

NOTE:-= My monitor resolution is 1600*900
Edited by TheHolyMax - 10/20/14 at 10:09pm
post #14 of 16
At least 8GB. You also have to consider that if your videocard does not have enough VRAM, then games will start dipping into your system RAM. I found there to be an improvement in load times and overall performance when I switched from 8GB to 16GB.

Sure, Windows will tell you its only using so much of it, but it still manages to pre-cache a ton of data, enough to have SSD pagefaults (using / writing to SSD) even with 16GB of RAM. Windows 8.1, at least, will try to utilize all the RAM you get.

Make sure to go for 2400Mhz or at least 2133Mhz. It won't affect your exact PC because higher-speed RAM mostly affects high-end rigs with fast videocards. It doesn't improve average framerate, but it does improve minimum fps, which means you get less stutter with fast system RAM. For someone with GTX 680 or similar card, there will be almost no difference between 1600Mhz RAM and 2400Mhz RAM. For someone with GTX 980, there will be a min. FPS improvement that is noticeable, and for someone with SLI GTX 980 system, where CPU may be a bottleneck, fast RAM can make a significant difference in min. FPS. This was shown in CPU-intensive games like BF4.
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At least 8GB. You also have to consider that if your videocard does not have enough VRAM, then games will start dipping into your system RAM.

While this is true, if you run out of VRAM then you are going to start stuttering regardless of how much system ram you have. 4 gigs is fine for gaming.
If you run into a problem(if and only if budget is of concern) just slap another 4 gigs in there.
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post #16 of 16
IMO:

4GB for purely gaming oriented budget-friendly machine
8GB for gaming & general/editing use
16GB for rendering/editing workloads.
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