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How much RAM for this build

I hope this fits in this area. I am doing a build for someone. The main use for this computer will be some gaming but mostly for work. This person does commercials for buisnesses and he's trying to make his way into movie making so he will be doing video encoding and video editing. I don't know how much RAM to do for this build as I've never done a build like this. If it was for just gaming I would go with 8 Gigs and that would be more than enough, however with the video encoding and editing that's going to be more demanding and will need more memory. I don't know if I should go with 16 Gigs or 32 Gigs?
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    Can you list the build as you have it right now and what you have for a budget for the ram purchase?

    CORSAIR Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model CMD16GX3M2A1866C9
    $199.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233287

    CORSAIR Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMD16GX3M2A1600C9
    $139.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233286

    CORSAIR Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ32GX3M4A1600C9
    $184.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233303

    You can look at these sets and see ifthey fall in your budget range and then you can post the budget and we can look further.
  2. Here's what I have right now, it's not really finished yet so there are some question marks

    Asus CD/DVD Burner- $19.99

    Corair Obsidian 650D- $189.99

    I7 2700K- $309.99

    Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD- $79.99

    RAM-?

    GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H- $149.99

    Windows 7 OEM- $99.99

    Corsair 650 Watt PSU- $149.99

    GTX 680- $479.99

    total- 1479.92
  3. You didn't post what the budget is and if the ram I linked is in your budget or not, going by the parts you listed your budget looks like it could be $2000 if your going to be including a monitor and $1700 if not. But that's my guess and if it is then the Corsair Vengence 32gb or the Corsair Platinum 16gb will fit in there.
    Are you using the stock cpu cooler or an aftermarket and is this still a question mark.
  4. If it is for video editing, I would go for 16GB of ram unless he's a professional movie maker than makes a living, he will need 32GB of ram.

    I have 16GB of ram and I believe it's enough for video editing since I do amateur video editing.
  5. inzone said:
    You didn't post what the budget is and if the ram I linked is in your budget or not, going by the parts you listed your budget looks like it could be $2000 if your going to be including a monitor and $1700 if not. But that's my guess and if it is then the Corsair Vengence 32gb or the Corsair Platinum 16gb will fit in there.
    Are you using the stock cpu cooler or an aftermarket and is this still a question mark.


    I know at the time I wasn't sure exactly what his budget was that's why I left it out. The price budget would be around $1500-$1600. I would also be putting a Hyper 212 EVO in this build.

    Anonymous said:
    If it is for video editing, I would go for 16GB of ram unless he's a professional movie maker than makes a living, he will need 32GB of ram.

    I have 16GB of ram and I believe it's enough for video editing since I do amateur video editing.


    Not really sure how to classify his job. Like I said he makes commercials for businesses and he his trying to get into professionall movie making and tv commercials for big name companies.
  6. Then it sounds like this shuold be a powerfull graphics and memory intensive buils because of the film editing that will be done. You may want to consider 32 gb of ram and a GTX 680 on a high powered 2011 socket board. The budget may have to be raised some to accomodate this. That's my thoughts on this after reading your description of what this computer is to be used for. This sounds like it going to be a sustantial investment for some heavy duty graphics work.
  7. 16GB is practically overkill. 32 GB is a waste of money on such a PC. 32 GB I'd say maybe with an extreme edition processor, dual graphics, stuff like that won't even use 32GB, but 16 is more than just overkill IMO... max for gaming is 8, and that's with insane texture mods etc. Max with video editing IMO, maybe 12. Some people get it to 16, but that's just over the top stuff. Certainly not the everyday rendering.
  8. Best answer selected by Rds1220.
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