Last week I suggested a motherboard and processor that would give you a screaming fast computer. As part of the motherboard description, I mentioned that it could hold as much as 48 GB of RAM.
My current machine is a bit over 3 years old and it has 12 GB of RAM. Even when working with a bunch of large photos, rarely do I get even close to using up the RAM I have. So 64 GB of RAM seems absolutely crazy to me. Yet the 12 GB I had sounded crazy when I got the machine I currently use.
Here’s the deal. If you are going to build a new machine, you might as well install the maximum amount of RAM possible. You may be thinking the cost would be prohibitive. In the case of the RAM I’m suggesting, it would currently cost just over $300* to fill the machine with 48 GB of RAM! Each 16 GB increment is just over $100, so is it really worth saving $100 to go with only 32 GB? Remember, you can use some of that extra RAM to set up a superfast RAM drive.
* Every now and then someone will complain to me that the price I mention is not the same when they read the blog. So just to be crystal clear, the memory I’m talking about sells for exactly $103.09 per 16 GB at Amazon as I’m writing this. The price you see could go up and it could go down and that is completely up to Amazon.
What RAM do I suggest? The Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR3 1600 MHz shown above (made up of 2 separate 8 GB sticks) is fast, from a reliable manufacturer and the price is great. Keep in mind that this RAM works with the motherboard I suggested. It may or may not be the right flavor of RAM for other motherboards.