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Old 11-30-2014, 01:16 PM   #1
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Hello. I'm thinking of buying a computer and there is an option to upgrade from 8MB to 12MB of RAM. Would I notice any type of difference by upgrading? These new computers all seem to start at 8MB. I consider myself a user that has a lot of things open at once (web pages programs, etc) that tends to slow down my current PC (shown in my signature I believe).

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You are unlikely to utilize that amount unless your running cad or video rendering.
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I assume you meant 8 GB

PC's haven't used MB of RAM in years.

And I agree, you aren't likely to need over 8GB.
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Having programs "open" really isn't the problem - it is what they are doing while open. And most of the time, open programs are waiting for user input. If you frequently recalculate huge spreadsheets while rending a CAD drawing of a new skyscraper you were designing while streaming movies, then the extra RAM might matter. Otherwise, 8Gb is plenty.

In fact, with dual-channel motherboards, 8Gb is typically considered the "sweetspot" for your money and RAM. That is, less RAM and performance suffers, but more RAM and performance gains are marginal - at best and typically only noticeable on paper and in benchmarking programs.
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I have 16gb ram on my main PC. However even with three virtual machines and FSX running it RARELY gets to above 8gb
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Let me add that if your motherboard is a triple-channel board, 6Gb is often considered the sweetspot. If RAM makers made 3Gb sticks, it would probably be 9GB, but they don't so the next step up is 12Gb and that is more than most will ever need.

That said, if the price is right, more RAM never hurts.
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