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It is not the processor that determines how much memory you will need in a computer, but what kinds of software you will run and how you will use the machine.
How much RAM will give me the best result with an Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 530, running at 2.93 gHz?
In this excerpt from Answercast #42, I answer a question about memory. How much you need depends on what you plan to do with the computer. More is always better!
There is no answer to this. There's no possible answer to this. It could be half a gigabyte; it could be 16 gigabytes.
What matters is not the kind of CPU you're using. What matters is what you are doing with that CPU:
What are the programs you are running?
How much memory do they need?
How many programs are you running at the same time?
What kinds of things are you using your computer for?
Are they in fact CPU intensive or RAM intensive or disk intensive?
There is simply no way to say that a given processor needs this much RAM. That's actually, very truly, a nonsensical question.
The correct question is:
Here's what I plan to do with my computer...
These are the programs that I intend to run and how I intend to use it....
Now, how much memory do I really need?
Now, I will say (I mean the knee-jerk reaction whenever people talk to me about memory) is that in fact:
Adding memory to a slightly slow system is one of the fastest ways to speed it up. Windows uses more memory really well if you're doing anything that is at all remotely strenuous with the machine.
So, a knee-jerk reaction is to say:
Get as much as you can afford.
Or as much as you can put in the machine.
In reality, that's a safe answer – more is always better.
What you specifically need for that particular processor depends entirely (and
I do mean entirely) on what you intend to do with it.
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