RAM: How Much Is Necessary?


RAM, Random Access Memory, is what your computer uses to process tasks. If your Hard Drive is your computer’s long-term memory, then RAM is your computer’s short-term memory. RAM is what your computer uses when you have multiple applications open or if you are working on a data-heavy application. Let us discuss how much you will need.

The minimum amount of RAM a modern PC should have is 8 GB. 8 GB is the required amount to operate Windows 10, but if you perform any task beyond email and basic web browsing, you will run into issues. 16 GB is the recommended lowest amount to operate above bare minimum functions. This amount of RAM is perfect for the average person’s computer and gives them a comfortable everyday use feel.

If you perform tasks above the usual common uses, such as gaming or any Adobe Suite programs, you will want to jump to the next level of RAM. The next level would be 32 GB, giving your computer a significant performance jump from the 16Gbs of RAM. Gaming and Graphic/Web Design are hungry programs that require you to jump to the next level to operate them smoothly. The jump to 32 GB will also give you a noticeable boost to your ability to have multiple windows open. 

If you are utilizing CAD software, music production, or 3D rendering programs, you will need to jump up to 64 GB. These programs and software are some of the most intense actions you can put a computer through. The computers that run these programs and software are very specialized as well.

If you still have questions, call us, and we can help you figure out how much RAM you need for your computer!