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16gb ram overkill?

im building a system adn looking at how much ram ill need.
is 16gb ram too much if im only running games, internet, streaming video, photoshop?

im trying to future proof this machine, how far off in the future do you think 16g ram will be average/decent?


should i use the 50 bucks for something else and stick with 8gb?
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  1. I'd go with 16. 8 Might be fine, 16 definitely will be.
  2. Best answer
    16GB is more than you will ever use.

    Unless you do hardcore video encoding or audio engineering, you will never see a benefit to having more than 8GB of RAM. Ever.

    1333Mhz with the standard 9-9-9-24 timing is all you need. You can get faster RAM or lower timings, but you will not see a difference outside of benchmarks and a single frame in games.
  3. scannall said:
    I'd go with 16. 8 Might be fine, 16 definitely will be.

    That's a pure waste of money.

    If you aren't hosting a business server or engineering with CAD software and converting files to a waterjet or something, you will never, ever use or need more than 8GB of RAM.
  4. ok. so this should be fine for the next 5 years?

    GSKILL Value 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    with
    ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard ?
  5. oh. and cpu will be amd fx 6300 probably at around 4.5ghz
  6. d00msdayxx said:
    ok. so this should be fine for the next 5 years?

    GSKILL Value 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    with
    ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard ?

    May I ask why you are going with AMD?

    But yeah, that MB is fine.
  7. these things--> $$$
  8. d00msdayxx said:
    oh. and cpu will be amd fx 6300 probably at around 4.5ghz

    If you want to be gaming, you'd be much better off with an i5 3570K. You can get an 212 EVO cooler ($20) and overclock it to 4.2Ghz easily. It will outperform that CPU in games -- even non-overclocked.
  9. im looking for the best for my money or "good enough" purchases for this build.
    there will ALWAYS be something better i could buy, if i had the money.

    that cpu would bump by budget up by a considerable amount.
  10. d00msdayxx said:
    im looking for the best for my money or "good enough" purchases for this build.
    there will ALWAYS be something better i could buy, if i had the money.

    that cpu would bump by budget up by a considerable amount.

    Mk. I think it is well worth the small amount extra. But that's your call!
  11. build minus what i already have:
    http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=29708408


    (in case you were curious)


    about 600 bucks. my maximum lol
  12. Best answer selected by d00msdayxx.
  13. d00msdayxx said:
    build minus what i already have:
    http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=29708408


    (in case you were curious)


    about 600 bucks. my maximum lol

    I wouldn't overclock anything on that PSU. 500Watt is maybe only just enough to run it as is.

    I recommend at least 600watt before you overclock.
  14. oh wow didnt even consider that. thanks. ill save the money form the ram and get a better psu
  15. Cool :D
  16. In the next 5 years there "may" not even be PCs anymore.
    5 Years in PC world can be HUGE, or a simple upgrade.
    If you consider all thats going on (intel going off the motherboard sector, Intel aiming for 5nm processors, etc), impossible to know.

    Personally, when ill get my new PC, ill go for 16 Gb "just in case".
    But for now, 8 gb is enought for everything (in most cases, 4gb is as well).
  17. d00msdayxx said:

    Very, very bad! You have to go with someone like Corsair or Seasonic. A no-name brand or a cheap PSU can damage your computer, overheat and increase your bills.

    This will be enough for you on a tight budget:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020
  18. lol i saw that corsair one and then saw blue led ZOMG lol. ya ill go corsair
  19. Damn marketing techniques.. >:(
  20. Anonymous said:
    Damn marketing techniques.. >:(

    They sneaky! >: (
  21. 600watt keeps me under 600 bucks after shipping and 650 gives me 610 lol
  22. went with seasonic 620 :p which gives $597. topic closed i guess
  23. I got 16gb ram cause I got a nice deal on mine so no you dont need 16gb. 8gb will do everything you want
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