How much RAM is needed for a good gaming PC

When buying components to build a new PC, gamers always wonder how many sticks to buy and how much RAM will be enough for their workload and games. Developers have improved their games graphically over the years, and for this reason the minimum system requirements have also increased.

A few years ago, most games required 4 GB of RAM. This later increased to 8GB, but many triple-A games today require 16GB to run smoothly.

To run games at a higher FPS, the system needs above-minimum specs that can handle heavy loads without much hassle. However, the amount of RAM required for a gaming PC also depends on the types of games the user plays.


16GB of RAM is the sweet spot for the majority of gaming PCs

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The purpose of the component is to store short-term data that the system needs to function, and this is reset every time the system is restarted. In modern games, graphics resources need to be stored so that they can be retrieved quickly when a new area needs to be loaded. With higher RAM capacity, the system can store more game data at once and help increase FPS, but the speed and RAM configuration also play a major role in this.

If you are a casual gamer who plays single-player games or you are a competitive gamer who plays esports games, 16GB is enough for both types of games. However, readers should be warned that Random Access Memory is not a component that will increase the graphics prowess of the PC as much as the graphics card. Upgrading the GPU will have the biggest boost in FPS and help the latest games run smoothly, and a powerful CPU will have the second biggest impact on performance.

Your system will be able to run the latest games at high settings with just 16GB of RAM installed, assuming all other components are fast enough. More RAM is recommended for higher resolution games, as high resolution textures are larger and require more accessible storage. Even then, 16 GB is enough because most of the heavy load will be handled by the GPU and CPU.

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Before upgrading your RAM, you need to make sure that it is compatible with your system, and you should also check if you have enough empty slots to install the keys. There are different generations of components (for example, DDR3, DDR4 or the latest DDR5), and each generation is faster than the previous one. It is also important to note that they are not backwards compatible. Check your motherboard manual to check which generation it supports.

Second, if your motherboard and CPU only support RAM with a certain speed, buying sticks with higher speed will be a waste of money. For example, if your motherboard and CPU support RAM that has a speed of 1666 MHz, installing 2133 MHz dongles will not help because it will run at a maximum speed of 1666 MHz only.


Edited by Siddharth Satish

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