How much RAM do I really need for a PC?


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Please tell me, how much RAM it is enough to have in my computer or laptop to make everything work fast and well.
asked Mar 16, 2016 in Computers by anonymous

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In short - for your daily tasks it is enough to have 8 GB RAM for 64-bit operating systems and 3 GB for 32-bit OS. Now I will provide you with some details: 

How much RAM is enough:

For any non-professional computer use it is enough to have 8 GB of RAM, for most office tasks 8 GB is good enough. When getting deeper into details: for modern computer games, working with documents, photos, videos and web surfing 8 GB is usually enough, but there are exceptions.

How much RAM do I really need for a PC

If you have an old-fashioned 32-bit operating system - it will not use more than 3 GB of memory and there is no use to insert more. To find out, whether you have a 32 or 64-bit (modern) system, follow these steps:

1. Click the "Start" button, right-click on "Computer" (in older Windows versions it is called "My Computer"), then select "Properties":

How much RAM you need - determine the 32-bit system

2. In the window that appears after that you can see the type of your system (32-bit or 64-bit) and the amount of memory installed:

How much RAM you need - see the system type and the installed memory

If a 32-bit system is your case, keep in mind it is not capable of working with more than 3 GB of RAM regardless of what hardware you use. If you have a 64-bit operating system type, then good news for you. This is a modern system and supports any amount of memory, but you probably don’t need more than 8 GB. Even most advanced games and programs work pretty well with 8 GB. Only in case you are using virtual machines for any purpose – it can be a reason to install 16 or 32 gigabytes of RAM.

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answered Mar 16, 2016 by Expert Ryan (8,570 points)
selected Apr 13, 2016 by Expert Brian

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