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How Much RAM Do You ACTUALLY Need? (2020)

there's a quote often attributed to Bill

Gates that goes something like no one

would ever need more than 640 kilobytes

of memory in their computer well turns

out he never actually said that but it

got us wondering how much ram do you

actually need in modern times well let's

start with the kind of ram that most of

us are familiar with the main system

memory living inside your desktop or

laptop PC it's quickly becoming common

for budget computers to come with 4

gigabytes of RAM while mid-range

machines often have eight on the higher

end 16 gigs or even 32 gigs of memory is

easy to find but is it worth paying a

premium for that here's the deal unless

you're seriously cash-strapped

it's worth getting at least eight

gigabytes even if you're not planning to

do anything with your computer beyond

basic productivity web browsing and

watching fine YouTube videos like this

one many common tasks are quickly

becoming memory hogs even Google Chrome

can eat into your memory very quickly

and take up a few gigs if you've got a

lot of tabs open and while the browser

does use a technique called tab

discarding which removes unused tabs

from memory and then reloads them when

you access them you'll still get a

noticeably smoother experience for

everyday tasks if you don't skimp too

hard on your RAM but what if you're

gaming well the answer becomes a little

more complicated

you see many big-budget titles these

days recommend 16 gigs of memory but the

thing to keep in mind is that system

requirements for games often are not

validated well which you can learn more

about right up here it turns out that

many games that ask you to use a system

with 16 gigs of RAM can actually get by

just fine on eight with only a very

marginal performance drop if any

however as games get more complex this

may not be the case in the near future

especially as some games actively do

make use of more than eight gigs of

system memory and only having eight gigs

can also hinder your ability to do

anything else while you're playing a

game such as streaming so we'd recommend

16 gigs as a sweet spot for gamers and

especially streamers unless you're

playing less resource heavy titles of

course many of other boards have for RAM

slots which makes upgrading to 32 gigs a

cinch

if you've got the money but investing in

this much is probably only worth it if

you're working with lots of data at once

such as large photo sets or editing

high-resolution video and especially if

you're multitasking creating

high-resolution video with you know

edited photos in it furthermore with how

long it takes certain kinds of media

files to render you'll probably want to

use your rig for other things while your

content renders in the background and

this is where having 32 gigs of memory

or more if your into that whole 8k thing

can really come in handy as for 3d

modelers animators or scientists well

their memory requirements are basically

limited only by the size of the scenes

or the data sets that they're working

with sounds expensive

but what if you're trying to figure out

how much graphics memory or vram you

need on your graphics card even if two

cards have the same graphics processing

unit or GPU they can actually have

different amounts of vram and benchmarks

often focus more on the GPU itself than

on how it performs across its various

memory configurations so remember that

the primary purpose of the REM is to

hold the graphics information that the

GPU acts upon meaning that higher

resolution gaming and higher resolution

textures will require more vram this is

also the case if you're using certain

types of anti-aliasing that involve

rendering at effectively higher

resolutions such as super sampling

anti-aliasing many mid-range cards come

with 4 gigabytes of vram which as a

general rule should do you find for

1080p gaming as of filming this video

but you'll want at least 6 for 1440p and

about 8 or more for 4k just be sure to

read reviews for the titles you want to

play because some particularly demanding

games or especially third-party mods

like high resolution texture packs might

mean that a card with slightly more vram

would be a great investment if you want

to play at high quality running out of

VRAM can render no pun intended

certain games completely unplayable if

you try to bump the resolution up too

much meaning that 4k monitor you just

shelled out a bunch of money for won't

be living up to its full potential kind

of like that gym membership that you

only use twice per year or not at all

right now

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