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How much system memory you have on PC and for what purpose it's used

How much system memory you have on PC and for what purpose it's used


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16GB because modern games can use more then 8GB of RAM.
 
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Memory G.SKILL TridentZ Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 @ 14-14-14-34-2T
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32gb video editing, transcoding, gaming Your poll doesn't really make sense. And I can't think of one "professional" that games on there work PC.
Oops...
 
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16 GB for gaming and general home use, surfing web, streaming media, etc.
 
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I have 8 GB on my current laptop, had 12 and 16 on previous laptops though. 8 GB is still plenty for 1080P gaming, but there is benefit from 16. 32 GB and beyond though is mostly just people flexing.
 
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For me, I use 16GB. Productivity and gaming. Whenever I do my research for journals, I use about 7GB of ram, opening probably 100 Chrome tabs along with several word files, pdfs, excels, images, and photoshop.

While gaming, I use about 12-14GB of RAM. Since I use two monitors and already accustomed using both for daily activities, I play games while watching youtube/streaming platform.
 
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8GB, 2 slots still free.
Gaming, some light video and audio conversion/editing, running antivirus for other, less fortunate hard drives.
The only thing that maxes is out are emulators, both VM and console ones.
 
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16GB for web browsing and don't have to close it and other programs when I start a RAM heavy program
 
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Memory 64GB Trident Z RGB 3600 Quad Kit
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64GB - 95% Web Development / Graphics Design along with HEAVY multitasking + VMs.
I rarely hit over 30-32GB usage but but went with a 64GB Quad Kit to avoid issues in the future.
 
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Cooling Noctua NH-D14 w/ Graphene IC instead of TIM ($80+$12)
Memory 2x8GB (16GB) DDR4 4400 CAS 18 @ 1.41v ($171 BNIB)
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16GB because modern games can use more then 8GB of RAM.
there are some games like deus ex mankind dividied that can use 12-13gb of ram, and if your system/chrome is taking up 4gb you can run into hitching in that game... its pretty annoying, but I am not buying 32gb of ram just for one game... so screw that
 

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there are some games like deus ex mankind dividied that can use 12-13gb of ram, and if your system/chrome is taking up 4gb you can run into hitching in that game... its pretty annoying, but I am not buying 32gb of ram just for one game... so screw that
Hopefully, the price will keep dropping, might be viable then.
 
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Cooling Noctua NH-U14S
Memory Corsair LPX 3200 (16-18-18-36@15-16-16-30)
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX 1070 Ti SC
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Currently 16GB, mostly used for chrome tabs gaming, none of the work I do really uses that much. Will be looking for a 32GB kit in the coming months.
 
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8GB DDR3 1600 CL7

Wanting to upgrade to at least 16GB due to new 8GB RX580 video card...
 
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Processor Intel i5-8600k @ 4.7ghz -
Motherboard Gigabyte Z370 AORUS Gaming 3
Cooling Noctua U12s
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000mhz
Video Card(s) Gigabyte GTX 1660 Ti OC 6G
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Benchmark Scores i can finally play crysis
6GB on my work PC, 8GB on my laptop and 16GB on my gaming PC.

Also if I have 8GB do I mark 4-8 or 8-16? Same with 16gb?
 

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32GB in my main computer used for Gaming, Video Editing and Encoding, and Virtual Machines. Though, I don't think I've ever actually seen over 16GB of RAM in use...

My home server has 16GB of RAM. My HTPCs have 8GB of RAM.
 
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Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000mhz
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Memory Corsair LPX 3200 (16-18-18-36@15-16-16-30)
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX 1070 Ti SC
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Display(s) BenQ XL2430T, Dell P2417H
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro M
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Keyboard Corsair K70 (MX Blues, dying blue lights)
Software Win10 x64/Win7 x64/Ubuntu
You can't benchmark RAM usage because it depends too much on how you use your computer...

As someone who basically always has 20+ chrome tabs open I value the extra RAM a lot. I also play quite a few games that will readily take upwards of 6GB of RAM so I definitely noticed the upgrade from when I had 8GB and definitely get use of the 16GB I have now.
 
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16 GB on my gaming desktop and 8 GB on my laptop.
 

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32Gb, gaming (Skyrim with TONS of mods originally) and a good bit of photo editing in Raw.
 
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Processor Intel Core i7 6700K @4.6 Ghz 1.31v
Motherboard Gigabyte Gaming 7 Z170X
Cooling NZXT Kraken x61 280mm
Memory 2x8GB G.Skill 3200Mhz
Video Card(s) MSI NVidia GeForce 980 Ti 6GB
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32gb on my new machine, 32gb opn my laptop and 16gb on my daughters machine
Gaming and internet. Why? Because I can.
 
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Cooling Noctua NH-D14 CPU cooler with 3 x noctua nf-f12 industrialppc-3000 pwm 120 MM fans
Memory 12 GB DDR3 CORSAIR 1600 MHz TIMMINGS 9-9-9-24
Video Card(s) EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 GAMING
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12 GB for gaming and every use.
 
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32gb going to 64gb cause getting too tight for multiple users.

Run everything in VMs. My 1 PC basically handles everything through multiple VMs. My 2700x runs like a champ, but really starting to feel the need for a big boy Threadripper server!
 
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