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Friday, 24 February 2017 07:00

How Much RAM is Enough?

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Most computers that are pre-built, and that are on the cheaper side, might not have a lot of RAM (Random Access Memory). Programs use RAM to temporarily store their information in order for it to be recalled faster, which allows for the program to run smoothly and quickly. The more programs are opened, the more space you need, which means that you need more of the “memory” part of the RAM. This is even more important for video editing and gaming computers as the editing programs and games need more space than a program like Microsoft Word. When editing, the program stores all relevant information about the video and audio files in the RAM, and high quality footage will quickly eat up any free space. This way you can edit seamlessly and not have to worry about your program freezing.

So how much RAM is enough RAM? Well, it really depends on what you’re doing. If you plan on editing, even if it’s only a hobby, I’d say that you need at least 20GB (gigabytes [1GB=1024MB]) of RAM. If you want to edit more professionally and use multiple programs at once, say Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects, you’ll need at least 30+GB. However, if you’re reading this and plan on using your computer only for simple things, like browsing the web and writing reports, you can settle for around 8-10GB of RAM. This may seem like a lot, but your operating system is kind of selfish; Windows 10 and MacOS Sierra both use around 2GB of RAM right off the bat. If you only have 4 gigabytes, you’re already down to 2, and it’ll be difficult to run more than 2 or 3 applications at once.

But don’t you worry – if you recently got a new computer (or even if it’s an old one) and find it to be a little slow, you can more than likely upgrade your RAM. It’s very easy to do with a desktop and most PC laptops (Macs can be a little bit tougher). All the information is available online for your specific computer, including tutorials, but you can always contact your computer’s manufacturer to help you out. Enjoy your new beefy computer or and old one that got its second wind! 

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