Is 12GB overkill?

Building new system, changing back from an iMac. Last PC I built 2GB pc3200 was real High-End :) Seeing that the pricing is totally changed, 16GB purchase is very affordable... but is 12GB and over just overkill and added heat?

Thanks.

Rob.
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  1. 12GB? A bit much. You could save yourself some $$ and get 8GB. Unless your doing CAD work - I don't think 12GB will do anything for you. I would say 8GB right now is a sweet spot for everything.

    The added heat from 12GB of ram would be negligable vs 8GB.

    But really it comes down to your choice. Do you want to spend $$ for extra ram for little gains?
  2. See RamDisk Plus from www.superspeed.com:

    http://www.superspeed.com/desktop/ramdisk.php


    We've move all of our browser caches into a very fast ramdisk:

    http://www.supremelaw.org/systems/superspeed/RamDiskPlus.Review.htm


    MRFS
  3. MRFS said:
    See RamDisk Plus from www.superspeed.com:

    http://www.superspeed.com/desktop/ramdisk.php


    We've move all of our browser caches into a very fast ramdisk:

    http://www.supremelaw.org/systems/superspeed/RamDiskPlus.Review.htm


    MRFS


    Woah, nice! Thanks for posting!
  4. Gains can be significant but not in gaming.

    You would see large gains in video editing, CAD, VM work, etc. Just not in gaming. I run 12gb because I run VMs.
  5. If you're building a dual-channel system, I'd get 16GB and call it a day. This way you can run without system cache and still have 30 tabs + torrents + whatever open while you're playing games.

    At this point I have 6GB and Crysis 2 DX11 + high-res texture pack is crashing while loading a large map (basically any map other than the very first one). Crysis 2 DX9 worked fine though. Crytek recommends 8GB for the DX11 version.

    I also occasionally get system out of memory errors if I run Dragon Age II at the same time as a few tabs in Chrome.

    I couldn't find an extra 6GB kit of my RAM, so I ordered a 12GB one today. I don't think I'll be RAM blocked anymore.
  6. Yea that' sounds right. eventually something's gonna demand more RAM, and i'll be ready for it.

    new system will have 16GB... that's settled.
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