Is 12 GB Too Much RAM?

August 5, 2010 at 10:22:30
Specs: Windows 7
I'm building myself a core i7 930, but can't settle on how much RAM I want to go with. Was thinking 6-8 gb, but with all the new games coming out, might well go full bore and make it 12 so I don't have to rebuild for awhile.

Is 12 gb overdoing it?

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August 5, 2010 at 11:09:05
U don't need 6 or 8 or 12gb of ram. 4gb (2x2gb) of ram will run any application smooth. Make sure to buy good gaming card.

edit: i just remember triple channel, so it is 3gb(3x1gb) or 6gb (3x2gb). Better buy 6gb of memory.

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August 5, 2010 at 11:25:13
Well, I want to be set for as far into the future as I can be in terms of running the new the games on max settings.

I'm at least going with 6. But memory is pretty cheap right now. Just wasn't sure if 12 was overkill.

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August 5, 2010 at 12:55:05
You can use the performance monitor, think they call it resource monitor now to view your ram usage. I know my wife can kill 8 G with a few CS photos and a movie edit.Seems she has to have them up all the time to copy and paste between.

12G would be for more advanced programs such as Adobe's CS or autocad software and some movie software. Maybe some games can use it as well as data base apps. Most apps are still limited but if you have more than a few up at a time you could use ram.

Ram never seems to be too much.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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August 5, 2010 at 13:29:43
"But memory is pretty cheap right now"

It is? 12GB (6 x 2GB) of DDR3-1600 will cost you over $300. I don't know what you're idea of cheap is but it wasn't all that long ago that 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2-800 was just $20 after rebate.

Since you like to throw your money away, send some my way!

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August 6, 2010 at 14:08:03
I would go with 6 GB but if cash is tight then go for 4 GB.

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