Another Abit IP35 user and their machine still works. I only have 4 gigs in that machine but it works well for old games which is all the CPU can handle. It's now semi-retired even though I have 10-64 on it. That said both of my current builds have 8 gigs and unless I have 20+ tabs in FF and chrome open I only use 3.5G. When I play a game I simple shut down any browsers and never ran into issues. Some of the latest top titles that state they recommend 16G, that is a different story. 8G is enough now for general use, power users, gamers with new titles I'd say 16G should suffice.