The more RAM, the better. However, it can be costly and it’s easy to have more than you need. If you are on a budget and don’t want to spend more than necessary, you need to ask yourself:
How much RAM do you really need?
The amount of RAM you need will vary depending on what you want to use the computer for, be it a laptop or desktop. The more things you are doing will require more RAM, as well as some programs that use a lot of it. My personal recommendations for different uses are:
2GB – For web browsing and light use
4GB – For work, school and even light video games and programs
8GB – For gaming, graphic design, light video edition and photo edition
16GB – Light Worksation PC, for AAA gaming, video effects and video edition
32GB – A very high amount of RAM, recommended for heavy workloads
64GB – Even higher, most people don’t need this much
I currently use 8GB of RAM, which is easily an overkill for most things I use my computer for. But since I do occasional gaming, video edition and blogging, it works for me.
You can save a bit more money now if you upgrade later.
If you are planning to use the same computer for as long as you can, I recommend checking if and how you can upgrade it:
– Laptops: some laptops offer a second and empty RAM slot, so you can purchase another RAM stick and double your current amount or simply replace the one that came with the computer
– Desktop PCs: if you are building one, make sure to leave space for a future upgrade (example: buy 1x4GB when you build it, and a couple of months after add another stick). On the other hand, if you are buying one, try to look for one that has space for upgrade.
If you already own a computer and you need more RAM, look for your computer parts online and buy a compatible RAM stick for your computer. Keep in mind details like the type of memory and speed. Example: 4GB DDR3 memory at 1600Hz
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Always take care of yourself,