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How much RAM does your Windows 10 PC really need?

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RAM, or random access memory, is a vital hardware component used by your Windows 10 PC to store temporary data that can be accessed quickly by software, speeding up processes and keeping you from banging your head against the desk in frustration. Essentially, the more RAM you have, the more you can have going on at once.

The amount of RAM you need in your PC depends on what you plan on doing — gaming, for instance, takes a generous amount of RAM, and media editing can take a lot of RAM. Let's find out how much RAM you currently have, what type of RAM is compatible with your system, and how much RAM you should have for specific daily tasks.

Benefits of upgrading your RAM

RAM (Image credit: Windows Central)

Let's get one thing straight: adding RAM to your computer is not a process that will magically make everything faster. It will, however, aid your PC in multitasking and performing heavy duties like gaming and multimedia editing. More RAM doesn't make the computer faster, but it will make it harder for it to get bogged down.

If you have a PC with a beefy graphics card (GPU) and fast processor (CPU) but you can't figure out why 17 browser tabs won't simultaneously load without grinding things to a halt, adding RAM will probably help.

If you have an old PC that you want to eke a few more years out of, adding RAM could make the difference between a couple years of frustration and a couple years of fond memories.

How much RAM do you really need?

Thermaltake Core P5 (Image credit: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central)

How much RAM you need in your PC depends heavily on what you use your PC for on a day-to-day basis and on how long you intend to keep the computer. If you're thinking of investing in a completely new machine in the near future, waiting things out might be the best bet.

If you already have a computer you love but want to shift gears into a different daily task that requires better performance, upgrading your RAM as part of the process is a great idea.


If you use your Windows 10 computer for word processing, checking emails, browsing the internet, and playing Solitaire, you should have no problem using 4GB of RAM. If you are performing all of these activities at once, however, you might experience a dip in performance.

A lot of budget PCs come with 4GB of RAM as a base option, but if you plan on keeping your machine for several years, opting for 8GB of RAM is the safer bet, even if you only use it for light duties.


I'm not talking about Solitaire — heavy PC gaming at acceptable performance levels requires a substantial amount of RAM. Popular esports titles like DOTA 2, CS:GO, and League of Legends will allow you to get away with 4GB, but other popular titles, like Fallout 4, Witcher 3, and DOOM, will need at least 8GB to run properly.

If you're a gamer and want to ensure you have enough RAM for some current titles and future titles, go with at least 16GB. If your budget allows, why not push it up to 32GB?

Related: Best current RAM deals

Virtual reality (VR)

VR is a relatively new medium, at least in its latest incarnation, and it requires a good chunk of RAM to run smoothly. I'm referencing HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) here, all of which should have at least 8GB of RAM on the associated PC to run smoothly.

The Vive only recommends 4GB, but, honestly, go with at least 8GB; you have to take into account the games you'll be playing, many of which require a decent amount of RAM to run smoothly.

Game streaming

If you'd like to join the thousands who stream video of themselves playing games or other activities, go with at least 8GB of RAM but consider opting for 16GB or even 32GB depending on the game's requirements. Your PC has to deal with both running the game and streaming video to the internet at the same time.

Need a hand getting your stream set up? We have a guide for that!

See a beginner's guide to Mixer streaming

Video and photo editing

This really depends on your workload. If you're editing a lot of HD video, go for 16GB or more. If you're working with photos and a bit of video thrown in, 8GB should get you through.

Editing apps will work on lower amounts of RAM, but you'll become so frustrated with the poor performance you'll soon start yearning for an upgrade. Don't skimp here.

Choosing RAM speeds

RAM (Image credit: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central)

Not only do you need to think about how much RAM you have, you also need to think about the speed of the RAM in your PC. RAM's frequency affects the maximum bandwidth. If you want more data to be moved back and forth at once, you need to go with RAM with a higher frequency. Latency, on the other hand, is how fast your RAM realizes it needs to act when the CPU calls on it.

Column Access Strobes (CAS) latency has increased as the frequency of RAM has increased, but true latency has remained about the same due to a decrease in clock cycle times. That means you can get high-speed DDR4 RAM with about the same true latency as older DDR3 RAM that's only about half the speed.

If you're doing any sort of high-performance task on your PC, opting for a higher frequency — measured in megahertz (MHz) — is the best plan of action.

Your PC's RAM configuration

RAM configurations differ depending mostly on your motherboard. Some motherboards have four dual inline memory module (DIMM) slots for RAM, some have two, some have a lot more. Here's how to see how much RAM you currently have, what type of RAM is compatible with your PC, and how many slots you're currently working with.

How to check your PC's current amount of RAM

This method will simply and quickly tell you how much RAM your PC currently has installed:

  1. Right-click the Start button.
  2. Click System.
  3. Verify the Installed memory (RAM) line. (In this case, you can see I have 8GB of RAM installed.)

How to check RAM configuration and compatible RAM using Crucial System Scanner

To take things even further, Crucial System Scanner is a great app that will scan your computer and show you how much total RAM your motherboard and processor can handle, how many slots are available for RAM, and some options for purchasing compatible RAM.

  1. Navigate to (opens in new tab).
  2. Click the checkbox next to Agree to the terms & conditions.
  3. Click download the scanner.

  1. Click Save. The download will begin.
  2. Click Run when the download is complete.

When the scan is complete you will see on the left side of the window a memory section with the number of slots for RAM and the maximum amount of RAM your PC's motherboard can handle. In this case, the motherboard has two slots and can handle up to 32GB of RAM.

You will see on the right side of the window a list of compatible RAM available for purchase from Crucial. This is a clear indicator of what type of RAM your PC uses, and is a great tool for anyone not comfortable with buying RAM on their own. In this case, you can see that my PC is using DDR4 SODIMM RAM.

RAM is available in two common types: DDR3 and DDR4. DDR4 is newer than DDR3 and uses a different pin configuration to fit into your motherboard. For this reason, DDR3 RAM can't go into a motherboard designed for DDR4, and vice versa. Also, "small outline dual inline memory module" (SODIMM) RAM won't fit in a standard RAM slot — it's just too small. If you're using a laptop or an all-in-one PC, chances are you've got SODIMM RAM inside, so keep that in mind when you're buying RAM.

Related: How to install RAM in your desktop or laptop PC

Best RAM for your PC

Once you determined how much RAM you need for your specific PC duties and what type of RAM works with your processor and motherboard, you can start shopping.

If you aren't completely confident when buying RAM, worry not. We've put together an ultimate RAM buyer's guide that should answer any questions you might still have. Plus, check out our roundup of the best DDR4 RAM available now for some great suggestions.

Updated June 27, 2018: We refreshed this article to ensure you're still getting current information about how much RAM you really need in a PC.

Cale Hunt
Cale Hunt

Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.

  • I just use Kingston ValueRam in my computer because it's cheap and works well.
  • how do I add more RAM to the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book?
  • You don't. (It's soldered​ onto the motherboard (which is also inaccessable to the user).)
  • I think he was joking
  • Just download RAM off the internet - duh.
  • Don't forget your IRQ's and LRF's as a DLC
  • Gotta get that SoftRAM95 Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Got a dell venue 8 with 2gb ram.. Handles Powerpoint of 100mb with ease and everything else office wise. But my surface pro 3 with 4gb certainly makes CS fly nicely.
  • My PC needs ALL the RAM.   :D :D
  • All your RAMs are belong to us
  • My ACER laptop came with 8 GB, I ordered and installed an additional 8 GB (Kingston Hyper X) at the same time as I ordered the laptop from Amazon. The RAM cost me some $32.00 if I remember right for 1 RAM chip.
  • I have 16 and I think it's gonna be there for a long time lol... Only ever get to 50% on busy days Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I don't use ram... I use bull.... *tumble weed *
  • LOL, stupid
  • This article should probably be closely followed by one talking about benefits of moving from HDD to SSD. Even a low-end SSD will boost performance that'll make that 7 year old laptop feel like it's brand new again. And if the cheap laptop you just bought came with a hard drive, then do yourself a favor and get a cheap SSD to replace that hard drive. In my experience, you'll get much more benefit moving from HDD to SSD than moving from 4 GB RAM to 8 GB RAM or more.
  • This is exactly what people need to understand.  I had one of my users husbands Dell XPS 15, core i7, 16GB ram, and a 5400 rpm HDD.  I told her that the best thing they could do for it would be to make a backup and put a SSD in it.  I told her it was like having a Corvette with a 4 cylinder engine in it.  Surprisingly they listened.
  • This is our current strategy at work. After turning over our entire PC base in the XP to Win7 conversion, we're finding that what I call the "iron" of these units (the CPU, main board, power supply) have become quite durable. Even on 4-6 year old units. A standard upgrade of an SSD, a boost to 8GB, and Win10 where appropriate has been a very cost, and process, effective upgrade for us. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Very true! I remember the 1st time I upgraded to an SSD & was blown away. Plus when installed in laptops they tend to be less prone to hard drive failures if the laptop gets handled roughly.
  • Less prone to failure, better battery life, much faster, much quieter, more time for life instead of spending it waiting for the popcorn sound to stop and for your application to load.
  • Yea, I remember the first time I moved away from the old serial mediums of paper and magnetic tape spools over to large floppy disks. Random access was so nice, really changed everything. Only problem is, there isn't the same natural *** break pattern. Loading time was great for that.
  • LOL, that is funny that you liked load times so you could use that specific time to... uh... dump a transaction log. But now you can just lock your workstation the moment you feel the urge and enjoy the fact that you can now be productive and poop like a boss whenever you want!
  • This recipe, is the holy grail of modern PC. Let me give some numbers to crunch (AMD Phenom II X4 955BE running on 8 GB of RAM): boot time from power button to lock screen on a 7200RPM HDD is 38 seconds, on an SSD it becomes 14.
  • Update to Windows 8 or 10 and it'll be even faster (about 8 seconds). That's how quick my 6 year old laptop boots with an SSD. :-)
  • Fast boot bios - 3sec with ssd.
  • A useful article for those wondering about upgrading and also when buying a PC, what RAM specs to get.
  • I have 64 GB of RAM MWAHAHAHAHA
  • Compensating for something are we? ;-)
  • ikr, 5 VMs, 3 HD games, 5 instances of PowerPoint, 457 tabs in Chrome, 7 instances of photoshop, 2 instances of Visual Studio, multiple Bash scripts running all at the same time...
  • Damn. I thought my 32gb of RAM was good, lol. Unfortunately I paired it with a A10/7890k. Not impressed at all. Lookin at adding a graphics card since the apu is slightly disappointing.
  • Only 2 instances of VS? Come on, you can do better than that. High marks for all those Chrome tabs, though.
  • How many of the tabs are pr0n?
  • 192GB here.
  • Are you running rendering software?
  • What rendering software would need that?
  • Maybe working with big data?
  • Plot twist: running 32-bit Windows, thus using only 4 GB. Plot twist on the plot twist: machine uses shared video memory, and Windows reports only 3.5 GB of RAM.
  • 2^3GB RAM here.
  • 768 GB here so...
  • Any input on whether it's better to do one stick at 2x RAM, or two sticks at 1x, assuming cost is the same? And just how much impact does RAM clock speed make?
  • Depends really on CPU/chipset, but in most cases, especially with iGPU present, 2x modules is better. Mem-clock has marginal impact, unless you do heavy CPU overclocking. 
  • If you have one memory channel (check mobo handbook) then get one stick. If 2, get 2. Most desktops will have 2, laptops can be less predictable. Over 1600Mhz ram clock rate doesn't help much. Over 1866Mhz it hardly helps at all. Clock speed then becomes more about how you can use the ram in more exotic overclocked CPU situations.
  • Always use 2 sticks, so you benefit from dual-channel increased bandwidth.
  • This explains a LOT of why my PC is so slow. I try to stream and game on a 3K monitor with only 8GB of RAM
  • Make sure you also have a fast SSD. All the parts matter and you want to avoid bottlenecks.
  • To clarify, by 'fast' SSD I expect Dan means low latency. Not bulk transfer speed especially if that involves caching of some sort. If you know you need bulk transfer speed you don't need my advice. For most people (Win boot drive use) it is the latency you need to consider.
  • I have 64 GB RAM. Would I have any problem?
  • Only in a laptop as that much RAM could consume more battery ;)
  • I have a desktop having 64GB RAM but not my laptop. My laptop has only 16GB RAM. I atleast wanted 32GB RAM for my laptop. So bad! I do heavy work on my PCs.  
  • There is another side effect to having more RAM, if you use hybernation, it takes more hard disk space for the hiberfil.sys file, and it takes longer to suspend and to resume since there is more data to save and reload. ​The effect is even bigger on a laptop since it means it requires not only more time but also more energy to save that file precisely when the system is trying to suspend, including if it is going into suspend because of low battery.
  • Not if you are using SSDs
  • Especially if you are using SSD, the cost/GB is higher than HDD, so storing a larger hiberfil.sys will be an ever bigger side effect. On mobile devices, SSDs will do it faster than HDDs, but the data still needs to be moved from RAM to SSD, and SSDs consumes more power to clear and write cells than to read them. And even if it consumes less power, twice the memory is still going to take twice as much power to copy to SSD, so it still is a negative side effect. An SSD like the Intel 730 uses around 1.4W when idle, 1.5W average, but over 5.5W max, this isn't much lower than a typical 2.5" 5400RPM HDD. It will consume less for the whole task as it will probably perform it faster, but it's not something you can completely ignore. ​This can effectively make things even worse with SSDs, as they consume very little when idle, the power monitoring might believe it still has enough time to hibernate, but when copying the RAM to the SSD, the SSD consumption goes from idle to write power, which is typically the maximum consumption of the drive, shortening time left before the depleted battery, and failing to finish the hibernation process before shutting down.
  • Ram while great might not be the best option imo, nor may it speed up 'new' tasks. Like opening a game or program. Now an ssd that will give your old system life. I have a 4GB ddr2 800mhz pc with a 4 ssd raid 0 upgrade. The pc parts are from 09. 7yrs old. Yet, I can have 20 tabs open, visual studios, videos and apps all at once because the ssd raids page file is so fast its not a huge grind to load in and out of ram. DDR2 is still faster than my raid 0 ssd setup. While more ram will help in the current or sleep task, new tasks suffer from a slow hdd. I would rather have a 2GB system with a super fast ssd, than a 16GB system with a slow hdd. In fact my dentist office that I helped upgrade got a new ssd for 20 bucks...i can boot the system pull up the xray program, a website, and the dental software all before the old hdd system finished loafing the OS to launch anything. They have low ram like 2GB or 1.5GB.
  • I have 32GB of RAM installed, I run virtual machines so that much memory is very useful. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I Actually have i Laptop HP with i54210u 1.7 boost to 2.7 ghz
                                                   4gb ram with integrated graphics and i am thinking to update my ram at 8 gb ram will it be possible to play gtav 800x600 at medium/?
  • Depends on a lot of factors.
  • It would play but you'll hate the experience. A dedicated graphics card will be better to play GTA Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • 24GB is my minumum.  The OS needs at leat 8GB and then all the VM's I run get 4GB each...
  • I run Windows 10 insider fast ring on a 12GB virtual machine! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Now I feel lame for using a budget Walmart 2 in 1 with 2gb of ram for fast ring builds. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Thank you @Cale for doing this article and for providing "Crucial" link. It really helps.
  • My cheap tablet has 1gb and runs windows 10 very well.. Granted in not gaming on it but for surfing and word processing, it gets the job done. YouTube at hd resolutions work fine as well..
  • That's the stuff, right there. Rather than bragging about who has the biggest system the real trick should be getting the most out of a small one. Anybody can simply buy more ram but there should be real pleasure in doing more, and going it better, in a well optimized budget machine.
  • I was reading some article a few months back about how after 8GB of RAM, nothing really changes much in terms of performance. But if you want a fast booting PC, like some of the comments state, the best UPGRADE you can make is an SSD. I gave my brother my old one and he was surprised on how much difference that made. It really is like night and day vs a regular HDD. Personally, I have an SSD and a 7200RPM HDD. OS is on the SSD and I store most other stuff on the HDD.
  • I can testify to that! I bought my laptop which has great specs plus 8gb ram and i still witnessed the PC slowing down a lot. The most important upgrade to make is an SSD. 120gb will do the job then you remove the HDD from the system and convert it to an external drive for huge files. That's what I did Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Not necessarily... if you have several things running at the same time consuming all of the RAM then performance will definitely suffer (look up "memory thrashing"). My browser can often use 8-12 GB of RAM, and then once I fire up a couple of Visual Studio's, SQL Server tools, VM's etc then I'm close to 18-22 GB used. Of course that's why I have 32 GB so I can do all of that at once.
  • Desktop RAM is so cheap, might as well put 16-32GB of RAM. :)
  • 1.21 Jiggabytes!
  • wat.
  • can it get you to 88mph though?
  • Do an article about graphic cards.
  • after the anniverary update my table need ever bit of its 2gb from 34% th2  to about 45 to 49% in task manger
  • 49% is not 'every bit'. And full RAM is not necessarily bad as the OS holds requested data for faster access.
  • Vram matters for gaming
  • OK...yes, but also kinda not. If you look at a game, it's going to tell you which card models it requires and recommends. CArds are rarely sold with dynamic amounts of VRAM. So, if a game says you should get a Fury X, you're getting something with 4 GB of HBM. You need that stuff, but it's not something you get to choose. There were older games than had a system requirement of "Direct X 9.0 1 GB or greater," or something like that, but that's really not the case with newer stuff (especially AAA titles). So, yeah, VRAM affects games. No, you don't need to look at VRAM when choosing a video card model. That, and there's the whole matter of 8 GB GDDR5 vs. 4 GB HBM to remember, but that's not as widespread a thing to deal with right now.
  • RAM is one of the cheapest and easiest things to upgrade in a PC (only the internal drive might rank above it in price, but replacing a drive is a lot more work, due to software management). I have 16 GB in my desktop now. It was 32, but I never needed that much, so I sold half to my cousin. I took one of the sticks out to test the stuff recently (turned out Windows itself was trashed), and my PC actually wouldn't load Firefox properly on 8 GB of RAM. I have a few other things run in the background constantly, though I still thought it odd that FF wouldn't work. Threw in the second stick, and it's totally fine on 16. I'm getting close to needing to upgrade stuff. The GPU is well beyond that limit (it's from 2009), and is the first thing I'll need to upgrade. However, I'm waiting to see if/when Zen comes along, and how it compares to Kaby Lake. We're also overdue for an AMD answer to the GTX 1080, IMO. I'm not going to worry too much with brand on the RAM, it's hard to really mess that stuff up. I had OCZ, then went to G.SKILL, which has served me just fine. The only reason I would change is if I went to a place like Microcenter and got a combo deal (they doesn't sell G.SKILL), or if there were generally a cheaper kit of DDR4 than what G.SKILL would offer. That is to say, RAM is really a part where you can kind of say "RAM is RAM." Yes, you can get overclocked versions and different models. However, for the most part, all you need to worry about is getting the right set for your motherboard. Don't overthink a brand or model (like how G.SKILL does Ripjaws, Ripjays X, Ripjaws Z, Ares, and a few others). If you're trying to keep an old machine running a bit longer, go get 8 GB and roll with it. If you're building something new, 8 GB or 16 GB would be fine. I'd say go 16, but you could go 8 because DDR4 is still a little pricey because it's early in its life cycle, then get more when it's needed and a little cheaper.
  • *Sigh* I hope AMD follows through with Zen how long have they been working on that? We need competition regardless. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android (LG V10 or Nexus 5x)
  • Couldn't be bothered to read this
  • All PC gamers need ssd and 8+gb of ram, that's for sure!
  • IMO 16 GB is the bottom limit for desktop gaming PC's
  • OMG $19.99 for 4GB DIMM. I used to pay $165 for a 1MB SIMM. That is 33792 times more per MB, and this is like year 1990 dollars.
  • Working as intended...
  • 32GB RAM and 500GB SSD for OS. I do a lot of 3D rendering and video editing.
  • That's the only thing hurting me in my super old system. Rendering 3D models is starting to hit its very limits for me. I have 4GB of ram in that old bucket...ddr2....i am waiting for ddr4 so that 64GB is for me or more...wouldnt mind 128GB
  • DDR4 has been available for quite some time already. 
  • SSD with Intel Optane will make it even more durable ;)
  • You are confusing ram with storage....
  • No, you're just unfamiliar with Intel Optane...
  • ok  what is it?  do tell..
  • It's not RAM in the traditional sense as it's memory module used by the HDD or SSD for significant performance gains. It doesn't use a memory slot either but rather fits into a M.2 slot (possibly PCI-E although I haven't seen it). While the article is about traditional DDR memory I believe Eas195 was suggesting a cheap way ($50-70) of boosting system performance with the Intel Optane memory module. It's like a HDD cache, but significantly larger. Read this:
  • Cool...sort of how my SSHD works....or the 20gb SSD cache on my sons acer S3....but lager...neat.  
  • I have all my machines maxed out at 640KB because Bill Gates said that was enough for anyone.
  • 😄
  • I prefer up to 40 gigs of RAM, seriously. 
  • I prefer 1TB of RAM, if it's available.
  • You can always download more. 
  • This machine came with 16 GB and I like it just fine.  
  • Running IE for a couple of weeks? I'd suggest adding a terabyte. ;-)
  • tried chrome much? 32TB minimum to open this site.
  • I currently have 2GB of RAM and I'm running Windows 10 x64, with Visual Studio, SQL Server and Adobe Premiere Pro installed. Needless to say, it's horrible. Planning to grab a Surface Book early next year.
  • LOL, I did the same with Acer Iconia with USB Hub connecting to Keyboard and Mouse. Performance is snail but still worked :P .  Now upgraded to a new Laptop with 24GB :)
  • I use to have more one quit working... The other I damaged I'm at 8 now
  • 24 jiggabites, machine is now 8 years old still runs like a champ. first gen i7 920. 1tb SSD and a r9 380x are the upgrades I've added. saving for a new rig.
  • 640K!
  • A lot
  • For die hard gamers:
    Ram speed matters, some games show same fps 4gb vs 16gb
    Look up in youtube
    Ram speed in fallout 4 gives massive gains
  • Is it possible to have 4+8=12GB RAM or it should be 4+4=8GB? I have two ram slots in my PC. Is it necessary that both RAM should be same in size(GB) and brand?
  • It is possible. I had that same setup a couple of months back. My PC came with 4GB and I added 8GB from a different MFG. Personally I wouldn't recommend it though. If possible, it's always better to go with RAM from the same MFG and I prefer to have 2 8GB or 2 4GB, though I have no basis for this. Only that when you buy any PC, they seem to always come in pairs like that.
  • I am currently having a 8GB + 4GB RAM(different manufacturers) configuration. Haven't run into any problems yet.
  • It's better to match all your sticks, but rarely necessary.
  • What possible issue could mixing RAMs cause? I am genuinely asking coz nobody has been able to gimme a straight answer yet.
  • The 2 possible issues I have ever seen is blue screen of death or the RAM just not being recognized. My Work client has a 4 and 2 2's so as I said it's rarely necessary, but the possible issues can be caused by either a different manufacturer following different tolerances, or just weird things from different clock speeds, votages, etc. You can probably be completely fine but at the first sign of any issue I would remove the "odd" stick.
  • Thanks for responding. Well, I haven't faced any such issues yet. I have this 8gb(Corsair) + 4gb(Adata). Both 1.5V. I checked my bios(mobo has just two RAM slots) and I didn't notice anything weird.
  • No problem. Hope you continue you have no issues. It's more likely something else will fail before that causes an issue, I try to live in the 'best practices' world when I can though. Been building PC's for 20 years, and I think I've had RAM issues only 3 times.
  • Yea let's hope so. Thanks for the tip :)
  • Look at your motherboard manual (updated) or go to the manafacturer of your computer for updated manual. As it will tell you what will work in your configuration, you may want or need to put the bigger ram sticks in the first bank and the smaller in the second and I have seen where different sizes cannot work.  So find out.
  • What specs would be good for using WhatsApp?
  • :)
  • I disagree with the statement that RAM does not speed up computer. Having a lot of RAM reduces the amount of data temporarily​ stored on HDD/SDD. And as we know accessing​ data from disk is time expensive. RAM itself really does not speed up your computer. But smart use of it definitely does. System (lets say W10) that can cache 10GB in RAM rather than just 2.5GB is likely to work faster because there is a higher chance that data you just *requested* is already located in RAM.
  • To be honest I don't understand why manufacturers still put in hard drives as the boot disks or primary disks. Would have preferred to have two in my system. 120gb SSD for boot and 720gb hdd for storage. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Cost, and space in laptops.
  • I have the Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 RAM but, I have 32gb of it in my newer gaming machine. 16gb was just not enough for a new machine that I planned to have for a long time.
  • Same here, but I got a good deal on some Corsair Dominator Platinum modules instead. 32 GB was essential in my machine!
  • Installed 16 GB RAM on my i5 Windows 10 machine solely to play Fallout 4. Feels good!
  • While pulling mothballed PCs out of mini-storage for the free Windows 10 update last month, came across my old PIII-1.4GHz w/512MB RAM on XP. Not enough for W10 obviously, but did manage to get it upgraded to Windows 7 and it's pretty smooth.
  • I wish that the ReadyBoost feature of Windows Vista and 7 were still around for tablets. My Surface with only 4GB of RAM sometimes doesn't cut it. I should try disabling a few things and services to boost the performance.
  • it's helpful
  • My laptop came with the standard 500 GB, 5400 rpm hard disk and 4 GB 1600 MHz RAM. I changed the main drive to a 128 GB HyperX 3K SSD, put the standard hard disk into CD player tray, made the CD player a portable one and added another 4 GB RAM. The problem is A10-5750M and Radeon HD 8670M. Now my laptop is a frying pan with a thick omelet.XD After two years of usage, it's hard to ditch this laptop (trying to justify to buy a new one but failed) although I bought it quite cheap. I use Illustrator, Photoshop & InDesign a lot (and at the same time). Photoshop really improves on larger RAM. Because it is a humongous RAM eater. Ironically, I seldom browse in copious multiple tabs after the upgrade because of a lifestyle change.
  • Seems faster.
  • I installed 16gb of kingston ram,  and a 2tb SSHD into my Dell 2 in provided a very noticeable speed increase...worth the minimal money I paid for it all..79 bucks for the 16gb of ram and 109 for the SSHD.....My wifes 11" dell 2 in 1 has 4gb of ram and its actaully very quick for the things she does with it....I am adding a 1tb SSHD to hers to give a little bit of speed boost and extra storage.  
  • wooo hoooo fangirl downvotes..keep em coming crybabies!
  • Games do not need 32GB of RAM, and rarely need 16GB.
  • Depends on what you wanna do while you're gaming. I typically have a browser open, streaming software, maybe music playing. Or as the article suggests, you can over do it to future proof.
  • Exactly right - I used to close everything down to game, but now I can just leave everything open and not worry about it.
  • I am always wondering if I have enough video ram.
  • I bet you have. VRAM will only bottleneck your machine when using it for rendering, or grading with DaVinci Resolve.
  • My Dell Inspiron has only 4GB of RAM and it is running Windows 10.  Do you think more RAM would help?
  • I also have an Inspiron with 4GB. There's nothing online that can tell me how to install more RAM. It would be nice to be able to because it would increase my laptops gaming potential on older games such as Farcry 3.
  • I think Dell gives you the 8GB RAM option. I need to open up and check my case so see if there is an open RAM slot otherwise you'd have to swap out the 4GB card for and 8GB card.
  • There is also the tool listed in article from CRUCIAL. It will recognize your system. Show you how many slots you are currently using and what your max RAM can be.
  • Uh... "nothing"?? I upgraded the RAM in my old Inspiron 10 years ago. It's really easy, just make sure you get the correct RAM module. There's a little panel underneath and it'll take you 5 minutes.
  • Depends on what you do.  But a good way to tell if you need more Ram, is open task mamanger go to performance tab and see how much ram is being used.  If it is close to what the physical amount of ram you have or is higher, then yes for sure adding ram will help.  If it is lower, then Ram will help but not significantly.  Ine thing to look at is your HD, is it an SSD if not consider that first. IMHO
  • 32GB of Crucial DDR3-1866 in my pc, running in quad channel configuration. Biggest help though is having an SSD
  • My pc has 2gb ddr3 ram with dual core pentium processor with no graphics card.. And i edit on it.. Thug life 😎☹
  • Seriously, the first thing isn't to just check Task Manager and look at your memory usage during your common and extreme usage patterns? Honestly, for anyone beyond a casual user of PCs (e.g., leaves 15+ tabs open in Chrome or Firefox), then you should have 8 GB of RAM. For anyone that is a self-described power user, 8 GB is a minimum and 16 GB is probably a healthier place to be. If you do any kind of development, then you should consider going up to 32 GB.
  • Maybe not how much ram your PC needs, but how much ram your PC can use. Everyone these days seems to understand that to let windows use more than 4GB of ram, you need 64bit version of Windows. 
    What a lot of people are forgetting is that there is a 2GB limit for 32bit software. If you're still using 32bit software or 32bit games, it doesn't matter if you have 4GB of RAM or 16GB of RAM, that 32bit game isn't going to make any use of more than 2GB of RAM.. While most software and games are being created with 64bit in mind now, and will ship as 64bit requirements, not all do. So that'd be the number 1 thing you should really be checking for as a 'need'. Does your 32bit software really need 8GB of ram for a single instance? No, not unless you're already using +6GB to run windows and other software at the same time.
  • 128GB DDR4 EC RAM. I use my machine daily for 3D rendering, photoshop, CAD, and a host of other creative tasks. With that said 128GB is OVERKILL. The most ram my machine has ever used is 47GB, and that is with three 3DS Max scenes, Photoshop, Adobe AFX, and Chome (with about 12 tabs) open. But I prefer overkill. I can render on my machine, photoshop a 5000 pixel 16-bit file with several layers, and google search for some assets all at the same time and my machine barely hiccups. It also has an M.2 and a dual core xeon with 28 cores (56 Hyper Threaded) which helps a lot... :) From my experience 64GB is probably enough for 95% of the creative professionals out there. 8GB for most everyone else...  
  • If I had that much RAM and CPU, I will create a LAB.. Unfortunately, I have only 24GB RAM with full utilization.
  • That's a beast!
  • 8 GB is the minimum for me.
  • The guys at Linus Tech Tips said the performance gain you typically get from RAM with higher clocks / lower latency is beyond marginal and totally not worth the highly increased costs attached to them. And then there's also a potential compatibility issue that might arise as CPU Manufacturers like Intel ( not sure about AMD ) only guarantee clock speeds of up to 2133Mhz ( or something like that ). Everything above that, while not uncommon to be working, is considered overclocking ( incl. X.M.P. Profiles! ) So you're basically buying F1 parts for your Toyota - At a MUCH higher price, they MIGHT work for what they're RATED at, with MINIMAL performance gain, IF you just happen to win the hardware lottery. Just throwing in that information.
  • Honestly, it kinda depends on what I'm using. If it's a full fledged tablet or desktop. I would ideally like it to have a minimum of 16 gigabytes of Ram. And something with at least an I7. Or possibly an I5 Just to keep it for at least 5-7 years. When it comes to display. I really don't care if it has a touch screen or if it's just a traditional IPS panel I do appreciate LED and OLED panels. But I feel that their general in availability. and cost make them very prohibitive for me to use in search form factors. I guess ultimately what I mentioned before with an old LED panel. Whether it be at 1080P or 4K. Which would really be ideal laptop. honestly I just think that is 16GB Surface Book would be my perfect machine
  • I have a crazy question -- is the amount of RAM you have impacted by your processor? I would assume there's pairings that make sense? For example, would a core i5 be a bottleneck for 12gb of ram?
  • For games and normal PC usage: 8 GB. Preferably 3000 or 3200 MHz. Ideally for future proofing: 16 GB.
  • 256 GB
  • I COULD add 16GB to my current 8GB RAM laptop, but I can get away fine with 8GB for now...I will probably still upgrade to 16GB anyway since I am an Übergeek lol
  • Having more tabs open in Edge soon bogs a device. I have upgraded to 8 GB of RAM.
    However, upgrading my HDD from 512 GB to 2 TB clearly slows down on disc access. So, I definitely agree with the above on having an SSD is more important for speed than RAM.
  • 32GB 3000MHz Corsair Vengeance here
  • I will avoid buying any notebooks with soldered RAMs I need the possibility to upgrade to 32GB RAM
  • If you've less memory and facing slow PC speed with Windows Operating System, Then You've to upgrade your software and hardware both for good speed.
    After installation of Ram, You need to upgrade your operating system to the latest one and activate it to get full features, Same like me as I upgraded to Windows 10 Pro, Then searched on Google and bought a product key from ODosta Store and activated my OS.
    Now I've very good speed to run any software without hanging problem.
  • I have 32GB of DDR3 on my PC. It seem still to be running fine. I have a 4th generation Intel 4790 CPU. Fast web surfing and watch 4K video streaming, mostly movies on my 27” 4K PC monitor.