How Much RAM Is Enough For A Machine

We know RAM is required to run a PC or Mac. But how much RAM is enough to run a PC is a question for so many people. The computers are still evolving, we see so many improvements in the operating system along with hardware configurations. RAM is one of the major component in the PC hardware to run and speed up the programs simultaneously.

RAM is required to do multi tasking, for example if you have a 1GB RAM machine and you open a Photoshop program it consumes 765MB RAM and remaining 259MB RAM is capable to open another program to run. If another program is RAM hungry, then you definitely needs a RAM upgrade.

Many people asked me number of query’s like: how much ram is recommended, how much RAM for Windows 8, Is 4gb enough for laptop and how much RAM is enough for gaming? Here is my answer to all questions.

How much RAM is good-Guide


IGB RAM is obsolete these days, it is the minimum RAM running on old systems with Linux or Windows XP systems. IGB RAM is sufficient for running some basic programs like MS Office 2003, web browsing, emailing and CD Writing.

Gaming is very painful in 1GB RAM systems, you can play only old school games and some flash games. Don’t expect high end gaming on 1GB RAM computers, it hangs and stucks and even system don’t respond to task manager to kill the application.


2GB is a entry level in the minimum RAM required systems. The system is capable of handling some office suites, tabbed browsing, old Adobe Photoshop versions and some games.

Note: Windows 7 can run with 2GB RAM, but don’t expect faster performance.


4GB is a maximum RAM compatibility for 32-Bit architecture based operating systems. System with 4GB can handle most of the latest programs available in the present market. The performance of the system is much better when compared to 2GB RAM, and it can handle multiple RAM hungry applications at once.

Note: 4GB is a minimum amount of RAM required by latest OS’s like Windows 8, Windows 10 and Apple OS X.

Do I Have Enough Ram


You can’t install 8GB RAM on a 32-Bit operating systems, only 64-Bit architecture operating systems can make use of the amount of RAM. Wen you pay for 8GB RAM you are a user of heavy RAM consuming applications like 3D Modelling, Maya and work stations.

Note: For heavy gaming a good graphic card is necessary along with sufficient amount of RAM.


16GB RAM is a bang for users to multitask very heavy applications like, Adobe Premier, Photoshop, 3D Modelling along with virtualization of the operating systems.


16GB+ RAM is needed for heavy workstations. Not necessary for normal people.

Thetechhacker writer, MBA graduate and shopaholic.
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