How much RAM my PC need? That’s a very common question most people asked when they are looking to buy a new PC computer. Especially beginners or those with lack of computer knowledge, they often get blinded by high specs. Yes, technical specifications are like the blings for them that they think the higher the specifications of the PC, the better it would be. In one side, technical specification is important indeed and it will determine the PC performance. But rather than just glorifying the specs, it is much better to focus on the actual purposes of the PC for your personal needs.

The CPU and the memory, those two are undeniable the most important technical specs on any PC. The CPU is the processor which is the heart of the computer system while the memory, or today known as Random Access Memory or RAM, gives space to temporarily store data for many computing operations. It is said that the bigger RAM you have on the PC the better it will be. It could be right but not entirely. Unlike the stereotype among most people, actually there’s a concept of optimum amount of RAM. It means there’s an amount of RAM optimum for certain PC system that any additional amount of RAM will no longer give significant improvement on its performance. This is the concept you need to fully understand. Rather than focusing on bigger RAM, which also means higher cost, it is much better to find the optimum RAM for your preferred PC system.

As explained above, RAM is crucial for computer operation because it temporarily stores data. There are two crucial factors to determine optimum amount of RAM needed. Those two are the processor and the graphic card. So, how much RAM actually you need? Standard workstation PC based on Windows with utilities, antivirus, and common applications would require at least 2GB of memory. That’s the minimum RAM you need for budget PC. However, it is highly recommended to choose 4GB memory instead because this amount will be much suitable for modern PC applications. The most sophisticated and high demanding applications you often use, the higher amount of RAM your PC will need. For high end gamer PC, it may need 16GB of RAM while for advanced graphic design or video editor, it may need up to 64GB of RAM. Once again, you need to review the actual needs and purposes of the PC.