There are not as many bells and whistles to fuss over when picking out RAM deals when compared to something like the best gaming monitor, but you won’t get very far with a new build without a stick or four of good quality memory. In case you’re new to all this PC gaming lark, RAM is your system’s short-term memory and you’ll likely need at least 16GB of it in your system to run most modern games well.
That’s not to say that all RAM is the same or that 16GB is the limit. If you aim to run your games alongside a few Chrome tabs and Discord, or you want to dabble in video editing, then 32GB might be necessary – anything less and you can expect the odd hitch in performance when multitasking. Then there’s the clock speed, which is a hotly debated aspect that isn’t too impactful on your game. The safest bet is to go for a 3,000MHz clock speed setup as a minimum.
Oh, and don’t forget there’s a vital choice to be made when it comes to RGB lighting on your RAM. It seems like a ludicrous and unnecessary addition, but there’s no quicker way to tell if you’ve properly clicked in your sticks than being assaulted by flashing colours.
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