We’ve all been there, deciding on what parts are perfect for the build, but, one problem arises, just how much RAM do I need? Well if you’re just gaming with nothing else going on in the background, then 8GB should be enough RAM for any games you will come across in the near future. If you’re running things in the background, don’t like just skimming by, or just want some padding, 12-16GB should be good enough for you. So, why then do people like me spend money on 32-128GB of RAM?
Well the answer for this varies. In workstation, rendering, and server environments, more RAM becomes very beneficial, and necessary in some cases. That’s all well and good, but what about your average computer enthusiast like me? Why do we get excessive amounts of RAM? Well, for the most part, because we can. The clear majority of people who have 32GB of RAM or more in their PC, just like me, are enthusiasts. Most of those people will never use all that RAM. I don’t use all that RAM, but I do use quite a bit, I tend to have quite a few of programs running in the background at all times, as well as often playing games. While playing games I may also record my game play for one reason or another.
So, the original question, just how overkill are these systems with 32GB+ of RAM? Well in an enthusiast case, extremely so, but they don’t care. They’re enthusiasts, their computer purchasing choices are not driven by logic. Despite this, on the other end of the spectrum in servers and workstations, although it is not always necessary it is often very helpful. If you’re still interested in buying a 32GB of RAM kit for gaming, well, welcome to being an enthusiast. Just remember, that RAM does not on its own make a computer good, I’ve never understood that misconception. Also, you can buy a 32GB RAM kit here.