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8GB vs 16GB RAM for gaming...wwjd?

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March 19, 2014 7:40:14 PM

8 gigs or 16 gigs RAM for a gaming rig? And why?

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a b 4 Gaming
March 19, 2014 7:43:03 PM

8 gigs, games don't even utilize the full 8GB, most of the time only 6GB. 16GB would be preferred for Video Editing which requires more RAM.
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a c 448 4 Gaming
March 19, 2014 7:52:11 PM

8gb for sure. for gaming at 1080p we are a long way off being able to use 16gb RAM and even WAY further from actually seeing it make a difference.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 19, 2014 8:05:28 PM

http://www.hardwarepal.com/battlefield-4-benchmark-mp-c...

the most you'll ever see in current AAA games. you might be thinking "well the Beta's using 9GB+ of memory".

it's a game in Beta; they're usually not fully optimized. so if you're planning to play a whole lotta games still in Beta, maybe, just maybe that 16GB may be worth it. but you really should be waiting for the final product for a better experience. and it sure saves you a decent bit of cash going with 8GB and waiting for a full game to come out.
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March 20, 2014 7:48:17 AM

8gb for gaming is fine. 16gb is overkill for gaming but for editing is nice ;) 
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September 30, 2014 5:16:14 PM

This was the first link on Google for this question, so I'm gonna go zombie here.
After much reading, and watching my own systems ram usage (currently have 8GB G.Skill), I can say that 12GB-16GB is definitely the way to go if money isn't an issue. I for one don't want to close every program that I have running to play a game (typically using 4-5GB at all times), that's just annoying. The upgrade that I'm working on now will definitely boast 12GB, if not 16GB.
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a c 448 4 Gaming
September 30, 2014 5:19:11 PM

What are you possible using that takes up 4-5gb RAM. I have 10 internet tabs open, CPU temp software, iTunes, and watching youtube on my second monitor and I'm sitting at 1.9gb usage.

When I game I rarely see the RAM usage go above 4-5gb regardless of game.
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September 30, 2014 5:28:08 PM

I'm sitting on 3.1GB usage at the moment with Music app, 5 Google Chrome tabs, one word doc, 2 Steam tabs, HWMonitor and Bitdefender/MalwareBytes running in the background.

When I play Battlefield I see RAM usage hit the low-mid 7GBs (most RAM intensive game I have).
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September 30, 2014 6:37:29 PM

MediaMonkey, Steam, Origin (like I said, I don't like closing things), Cyberfox with 10-20 tabs open (that's 1.2GB alone) , Explorer, Pandora, Everything, Skype, MS Word (for notes, etc.), Lightroom (nothing like Photoshop in terms of resources, this is typically around 180MB), plus all those background goodies, like AV (Comodo), etc.. I'm currently at 4.2GB of usage. If I play something like Dead Rising 3 or Skyrim modded-out without closing anything/most everything, I'm hitting 85-98% usage.
And what I'm getting at is that I think it's a pain to have to close programs to play a game, shouldn't have to close everything on a PC... it doesn't make sense to do that imo.
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