Choosing The Best Computer Memory
For Your Gaming PC
Do you need help choosing the best computer memory (RAM) for your gaming computer? RAM (Random Access Memory) is the memory in a computer used to store running programs, and the more RAM you have, the faster your games and other programs will run.
Investing in a decent amount of RAM made from a trusted company is a smart idea. The performance of your gaming computer will be greatly affected by the type and amount of RAM you have on-board.
There are different types of RAM you can buy for your computer, such as SDRAM, DDR2 RAM, and DDR3 RAM. When selecting the type of RAM for your gaming PC, make sure your motherboards supports that particular type and speed of RAM that you plan to use. The latest type of RAM out on the market is DDR3 and this is the type of RAM I would recommend for gaming.
How Much RAM For Gaming?
You may be wondering how much RAM you will need for high-performance gaming. The simple answer is “as much as you can afford”. Adding memory to your system will show real results, and RAM prices these days are very cheap so adding RAM to your system is a very cost-effective way of increasing performance.
To just run Windows 7 properly, which is the operating system I recommend for your gaming PC, you will be required to have at least 1 gig of RAM. But if you’re a gamer, and I assume most of you are since you’re visiting this site, then you will require more RAM than the average computer user.
To play the latest games now and into the future, I would say 4GB is the absolute minimum. With 4GB of decent quality RAM in your gaming system you shouldn't have any problems playing even the most demanding games. Although, since RAM is so cheap these days and it makes such a difference to performance, a lot of you will want more RAM (6-8GB) to make your PC run even faster and make for an even more future-proof build.
Remember, the more RAM the better, but to be safe make sure your motherboard will support more RAM. Most motheboards out right now will support up to 16GB, but it's always wise to double check and also note how many RAM slots your motherboard has.
Tips On Buying Your RAM
An important factor when choosing the best computer memory for your PC is the actual brand name of the memory you buy. I highly recommend that you stick to buying from a quality manufacturer that is proven to provide reliable and high-performance RAM. A few of the best are Kingston, Crucial, Corsair, G.SKILL, OCZ, and Patriot. Buying dirt cheap memory from an unknown manufacturer is risky, and usually not worth the small savings you may get initially.
If you're interested in specific recommendations on the best gaming RAM to buy right now, check out the Recommended Custom Gaming Builds. The RAM recommended in those builds are the best-rated in terms of value and performance for this month.
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