How much RAM/Memory do I need?

I will be doing some heavy gaming like Crysis 3 on MAX SETTINGS and I will be recording gameplay and rendering 10-20 minute, 720p videos at 30fps. How much ram and what type of ram do I need. (BTW I am a N00B)
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  1. 8GB is enough for gaming, and I'll say for some rendering too.
  2. 8 gb should be good for you (2x4gb sticks) of 1600 or higher. That will be more than enough for any gaming you do right now but video editing really relies on ram so if you are going to do that maybe 16 gb would be good
  3. Can go 8GB but would suggest 16GB if you can swing it, 1600/9 is about minimum you want to look at, but if onIntel based rig IB, Haswell may want faster sticks
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    This article should be helpful.
  5. For budget motherboards like ASRock H71M-DGS (H61 chipset, Ivy Bridge) or ASUS H81M-A (Haswell), they only have 2 DIMM slots. Is there a big performance difference if I buy 1 stick of 8GB memory instead of 2 sticks of 4GB? If I upgrade later by buying a second 8GB memory (to make total 16GB), would that hurt performance because the 2 sticks of 8GB were bought at different times?

    I can't affored 2x8GB at this time. But if I use 2x4GB, I can't add memory later on because the motherboard only had 2 DIMM slots.
  6. Ig going to go 1x8GB now and plan to add another, go with a mainstream stick like GSkill in 1600/9, that would offer best chance for adding another stick with few complications
  7. Sengial said:
    I will be doing some heavy gaming like Crysis 3 on MAX SETTINGS and I will be recording gameplay and rendering 10-20 minute, 720p videos at 30fps. How much ram and what type of ram do I need. (BTW I am a N00B)


    Why max settings? Will you be doing screen captures of the games you are playing? A lot of it will depend on your CPU and GPU. What are your system specs or proposed system specs? I use 16gb and NEVER use more than 30%.
  8. Hello man said:
    Sengial said:
    I will be doing some heavy gaming like Crysis 3 on MAX SETTINGS and I will be recording gameplay and rendering 10-20 minute, 720p videos at 30fps. How much ram and what type of ram do I need. (BTW I am a N00B)


    Why max settings? Will you be doing screen captures of the games you are playing? A lot of it will depend on your CPU and GPU. What are your system specs or proposed system specs? I use 16gb and NEVER use more than 30%.

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    Also a lot of people with 16GB that often use 80% or more of it ;)
  9. Tradesman1 said:
    Hello man said:
    Sengial said:
    I will be doing some heavy gaming like Crysis 3 on MAX SETTINGS and I will be recording gameplay and rendering 10-20 minute, 720p videos at 30fps. How much ram and what type of ram do I need. (BTW I am a N00B)


    Why max settings? Will you be doing screen captures of the games you are playing? A lot of it will depend on your CPU and GPU. What are your system specs or proposed system specs? I use 16gb and NEVER use more than 30%.

    __________________________________

    Also a lot of people with 16GB that often use 80% or more of it ;)


    Well when I play tribes ascend at max I probably use a fair amount, but I can't see my meter as the window fills the screen... GRRR.
  10. I'm primarily saying many will be doing other things, then might decide to game a little for a break and leave their other apps/windows open, might get a DRAM meter app and have it run in the forescreen
  11. How to tell if the 8GB or 16GB is fully utilized or partially utilized?
  12. Can run a DRAM monitor see active use
  13. Tradesman1 said:
    Can run a DRAM monitor see active use

    I search Google but DRAM monitor seems to measure voltage and temperature. What software should I use to see how the 8GB or 16GB memory is full utilized or only 30% utilized?
  14. Tradesman1 said:
    Hello man said:
    Sengial said:
    I will be doing some heavy gaming like Crysis 3 on MAX SETTINGS and I will be recording gameplay and rendering 10-20 minute, 720p videos at 30fps. How much ram and what type of ram do I need. (BTW I am a N00B)


    Why max settings? Will you be doing screen captures of the games you are playing? A lot of it will depend on your CPU and GPU. What are your system specs or proposed system specs? I use 16gb and NEVER use more than 30%.

    __________________________________

    Also a lot of people with 16GB that often use 80% or more of it ;)


    yeah, but 60% of statistics which say that 70% of people use more than 80% of 16GB are incorrect.
  15. a serious answer; 8GB is enough, but if you have only 2 slots and will upgrade to 16GB in the next few months (not necessary) then 1x8GB, otherwise 2x4GB. Crysis is heavily dependant on a powerful GPU. My 2x7950 sometimes struggle 60fps @ 1080p max settings and AA. Where-as in BF4, they are only 50% utilised. BIG difference between games.
  16. Well, I know I often exceed 24GB, and know a number of my clients do the same, have a few that get in and over 40GB (though most of them are with Raytheon (defense contractor)
  17. Tradesman1 said:
    Well, I know I often exceed 24GB, and know a number of my clients do the same, have a few that get in and over 40GB (though most of them are with Raytheon (defense contractor)

    Wow, if I can afford it I will surely put in more RAMs like these people. Seems we need more than 8GB.
  18. sedona said:
    Tradesman1 said:
    Well, I know I often exceed 24GB, and know a number of my clients do the same, have a few that get in and over 40GB (though most of them are with Raytheon (defense contractor)

    Wow, if I can afford it I will surely put in more RAMs like these people. Seems we need more than 8GB.


    Make sure your motherboard supports it. Would be a waste to have RAM you can't use. Look up your model. It should be in the specs. Im assuming you know the OS requirements of more RAM? If not, check this http:// RAM needs
  19. Hello man said:
    sedona said:
    Tradesman1 said:
    Well, I know I often exceed 24GB, and know a number of my clients do the same, have a few that get in and over 40GB (though most of them are with Raytheon (defense contractor)

    Wow, if I can afford it I will surely put in more RAMs like these people. Seems we need more than 8GB.


    Make sure your motherboard supports it. Would be a waste to have RAM you can't use. Look up your model. It should be in the specs. Im assuming you know the OS requirements of more RAM? If not, check this http:// RAM needs

    It will be really expensive to get the kind of motherboards to support 24GB to 40GB memory. Really confused ...... should I just stick to 8GB or 16GB.
  20. Most max at 32GB which is more than enough for most people, the X79 mobos/CPU are for those that really need a lot ;)
  21. sedona said:
    Hello man said:
    sedona said:
    Tradesman1 said:
    Well, I know I often exceed 24GB, and know a number of my clients do the same, have a few that get in and over 40GB (though most of them are with Raytheon (defense contractor)

    Wow, if I can afford it I will surely put in more RAMs like these people. Seems we need more than 8GB.


    Make sure your motherboard supports it. Would be a waste to have RAM you can't use. Look up your model. It should be in the specs. Im assuming you know the OS requirements of more RAM? If not, check this http:// RAM needs

    It will be really expensive to get the kind of motherboards to support 24GB to 40GB memory. Really confused ...... should I just stick to 8GB or 16GB.


    Get the 1 8gb stick, that's enough, and if you need at any point for whatever reason in the future to upgrade, then you can do so, whereas if you fill your available slots then it's pretty much a waste of money, as many said 1600mhz at min with CL9 and you want it at 1.5v or below
  22. RaptaGzus
    Hopefully the OP has already gotten the DRAM, it's been about 5 months now, may want to check Post dates before responding
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