16GB or 32GB of system RAM

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  1. Mr_pepsi

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    With everything that most people use on their systems nowadays other than games. Is 16GB still the goto standard or is there a reason to look toward 32GB, I've been using 16GB for a long while now.
     
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    Don't go by what other people do.

    16GB is more than plenty for most people anyways.
    Unless you need more there's no point in buying 32gb just to 'have it'.
     
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    Unless you are a content creator and you do editing content for earning daily bread.
    More often than none, what others do, doesn't necessarily apply to you and your computing needs.
    As for general use, and for getting the most value per hardware you can get along with 16 GB nowadays just fine.
    Here it is explained
     
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    8gb of ram is sufficient for average usage (browsing the web/playing some games,office usage),
    16gb is suffcient for almost all "prosumer" workloads (things like format conversion/ rendering/ video editing) most consumer workloads will not benefit from more memory than this.
    32gb or greater i would only recommend if you are doing some heavy cpu rendering(production level), fluid/physics simulation, running many virtual machines ect, and/or runnning multiples of these workloads simultaneously.
     
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    8 GB for office work only, not counting heave graphics work.
    16 GB for gaming - video watching mostly...
    32 GB if you multitask a lot + graphics or audio work. I have 32 GB now.

    When I had 16 GB, and using with 64 bit apps, my system used all the ram and I could feel the system swapping even when multitasking - Doing presentations with Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Paint.net and webbrowser opened... Might be memory leak but with 32 GB, ZERO problems...

    Its probably overkill by 8 GB but better than me wasting time freezing my computer - memory swapping to HDD can cause a stroke...
     
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    16 should be fine unless you're a content creator.
     
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    Teens are enough ;)
     
  8. Undying

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    Considering memory is expensive this days 16GB is a decent spot.
     
  9. Andrew LB

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    My thoughts exactly. One of the things that's been keeping me from upgrading my CPU/mobo/ram (i5-4680k/z87/16gb) has been the cost of memory, and how i've been expecting prices to come back down to where they were a few years ago. My local Microcenter has 32gb (16gb x 2) Corsair Vengeance PC4-3200 for $240 which seems in today's market a pretty good deal.
     
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    If you're buying a new system, there's nothing wrong with 32GB of RAM, afterall, you can never have too much RAM but if you're upgrading a current system, you don't really need to upgrade just yet unless you're finding you're running out of capacity, you're wanting to utilise virtualisation for anything, do heavy multitasking or content creation.

    It really depends on your needs and your wallet.
     

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    16gb is quite enough for any task .
     
  13. TheDeeGee

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    Ye, stick with 16GB unless you want to get rid of a kidney.
     
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    I am just moving from 16gb to 32gb in games not expecting an improvement, but hoping video editing and encoding will be better
     
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    Got 32GB as it was only an extra £50 between laptop models i went with.

    The review Xtreme1979 posted was a good read.
     
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  16. Barry J

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    4gb was plenty 8gb was plenty 16gb perfect for now maybe 32gb for the future who knows I have 32gb maybe I am more future proof.
    Buy what you can afford but 16gb is really the minimum for a gaming PC, 32gb is for multitasking and if you prefer bigger numbers.
     
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    The closest I've been to maxing out my 16gb ram in a game (excluding broken ones with memory leaks) is with Assetto Corsa Competizione at ~70% usage.

    I don't know what to think and you could easily get away with 16gb, but if you would ever need more (?) just put in another stick of ram or change for bigger sticks.
     
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    32, youll be able to run 1809 without having to use one of the standby list cleaners.
     
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    Have 16 GB and I'm playing in 4K.
    Played in Dark Souls 3 in 4K and sometimes the game crashed with a message "Out of memory" or something like this. In any other games in 4K, all is fine, only DS3. So I think could be the video driver or the game. 16GB is enough.
     
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    32. 16 is fine for now. 32 keeps you good for a while.
     

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