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To understand how much RAM you need on your PC, it’s important you understand its function on your PC. The basic operation of a computer takes its origin from the primary school definition of computers. Where the CPU has read information from memory, process it and stores it back to memory.

The problem here is the massive difference in speed between the CPU and storage (HDD or SSD) when the CPU request and information it could take a while before the storage device responds resulting in a bottleneck. To bridge the speed gap, an extremely fast type of computer memory which temporarily stores all the information your PC needs right now and near future so that when it does need something, it can read it super fast.


There are two major factors that affect how much RAM you would need on your PC, the amount of money your willing to spend and how much performance is need. Even if you could afford so much RAM, you shouldn’t just go all out and buy a system with the most RAM. Like a bigger table wouldn’t improve much while working with a few papers, having excess RAM would change much considering the fact RAM isn’t the only factor that affects performance. Hence, what you want to do is balance the cost to performance ratio to get optimum performance.


Because of how much memory Windows 10 and a lot other modern applications consume, the cheapest place to start is 4GB RAM PCs. Although there are a good number of computer systems today with 2GB of RAM, you wouldn’t be able to do any serious work with a 2GB computer.

To get any serious job done as well as playing light games, its recommended you begin with 8GB RAM systems. However, you might not be able to run a lot of software concurrently, but core apps will run smoothly as far as you are conservative with your usage.

For professional work, who requires running multiple apps at a time or Complex programs such as video editors, heavy games and more. 12GB to 16GB RAM are the sweet spots.

An upgrade to 32GB is a good idea for enthusiasts and the average workstation user. Anything beyond 32 will only be needed for extremely special cases such as servers designed to handle huge datasets, niche programs for corporations or government. If there is any reason you will need anything above 32GB, then you might need to reserved that task only for desktop computers and not your laptops.

RAM still remains of the best way to improve performance, it’s also the easiest component of the computer system to upgrade. But whenever you upgrade your PC make sure you do so in relation to what performance you want from your computer.

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