Are there any current PC games that need more than 8 GB RAM?

wyqtor

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I'm planning a new Skylake build with fast memory, and 16 GB DDR4 kits at high frequency are either out of stock or too expensive where I live. Are there any games that push above 8 GB total RAM usage that I should be worried about? I'm only interested in gaming and I'd rather go with the cheaper 8 GB option if there is not yet any reason to go with 16 GB.
 

FnordMan

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Realistically? Probably not given they have to cater to the lowest common denominator. It can help with caching and prefetching but it's not exactly required.
I'd aim for a 2x4Gig kit, that way you'll still have room in the future to upgrade to 16 if you need it. (assuming a motherboard with 4 memory sockets here)
 

Nenu

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8GB is fine for almost everything.
On my previous 2500K I was running 8GB and put in my old spare 4GB to get 12GB which dropped the speed from 2200 to 1600MHz.
This was to try and make GTA V a bit smoother which it did a little bit.
But that game has been tweaked a lot since and it may not matter now.
 

Meeho

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I find browsing more memory demanding and 8 GB limiting than in games. Star Citizen, if it ever comes out, could change that, though :)
 

JS_

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I would agree that 8GB is fine for gaming. Besides, if you get a 2x4GB kit, you can always order a second kit to upgrade to 16GB down the road.
 

polonyc2

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seems like system RAM has been replaced by VRAM so it has less significance nowadays and probably in the future
 
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