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Hi!


I was just wondering something...


I only wanna use my upcoming Sandy Bridge rig for gaming, so how much RAM would I need?

I was thinking of buying 8 Gb. if the money's there for it, or could I settle for 4 Gb. if I cannot afford 8 Gb.?



Thanks!
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Get 4GB's, you won't need anymore then that. Most games use 2GB's at the very most. 8GB's is for a PC that is running VM's doing video encoding, 3d modeling and photoshoping at the same time.
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post #3 of 87
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Get 4GB's, you won't need anymore then that. Most games use 2GB's at the very most. 8GB's is for a PC that is running VM's doing video encoding, 3d modeling and photoshoping at the same time.
So it would be pointless buying 8 Gb. for my rig?

Never did any encoding or any editing... Never will do either.

I've only converted videos and audio-files...
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Get 4GB's, you won't need anymore then that. Most games use 2GB's at the very most. 8GB's is for a PC that is running VM's doing video encoding, 3d modeling and photoshoping at the same time.
Yup 4-6GB is the most that a majority of users especially gamers will ever need. WMing you would only need 6GB+ if you're running multiple VMs-something most do not.

Power users of Adobe CS apps, Maya, Max, etc will want 8GB+
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post #5 of 87
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Originally Posted by WhitePrQjser View Post
So it would be pointless buying 8 Gb. for my rig?

Never did any encoding or any editing... Never will do either.

I've only converted videos and audio-files...
Nope, really no point. It will be a waste of money and ram, at least for a gaming PC.
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Yup 4-6GB is the most that a majority of users especially gamers will ever need. WMing you would only need 6GB+ if you're running multiple VMs-something most do not.

Power users of Adobe CS apps, Maya, Max, etc will want 8GB+
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Originally Posted by kschat View Post
Nope, really no point. It will be a waste of money and ram, at least for a gaming PC.
Thanks, guys!

That'll save me some money! +rep for the both of you

Maybe I'll put in 2 Gb. exstra later on
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Thanks, guys!

That'll save me some money! +rep for the both of you

Maybe I'll put in 2 Gb. exstra later on
No problem, glad to help
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post #8 of 87
I'm still using 2GB RAM and I play games like BFBC2 lol

With my next build, I'm getting at least 8GB.
post #9 of 87
Corsair disagrees!

www2.corsair.com/_appnotes/AN902_8GB_or_More_of_System_RAM.pdf

4GB minimum, but I would say 8GB is better if you do things beyond gaming. I'm finding that IBT uses 2.7GB of Ram to just run the maximum stability test. That is alot of memory more than half of the 4GB sticks you have already. Now that I think about it, I should've went with a 8GB DDR3 kit instead of a 4GB kit. 4GB is not enough =/ at least not for me and some other OCN members, now I'm starting to agree with them.

*EDIT*

This is nearly clean install of Windows 7 with some applications loaded. Now I'm starting to agree more with the other OCN members that you need 8GB. With half my memory used up already 4GB is crippling. Me agree with Corsair.


Edited by anoob - 1/15/11 at 1:30pm
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another consideration, i went to 8GB so I could turn off the pagefile.
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