[SOLVED] Does RAM size (8 or 16gb) matter in relation to monitor refresh rate?

jimmy_the_dude

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Hello, my brother is building a computer and also needs a monitor. For his RAM, I will be purchasing 16gb for myself and selling my old 8gb stick to him. We also found a great deal on a 144hz monitor. He will be purchasing it, but we are unsure about him being able to run 144hz - as his friends keep telling him that 8gb of RAM will not support 144hz.

Is that legitimate?

Thanks :)
 

sinthoras

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Hey!
Your pc is the engine that runs the monitor. The hertz of the monitor is linked to the amount of FPS that you can get in games.
Think like this ; If you have a 144hz monitor, you want a pc that can give you up to 144fps in a game

Therefore, the ram is only a small portion of the equation. Your graphics card/cpu-- all parts need to be on a level which can support up to 144fps in the games that you'd like to play

So partially , its true. And I'd definitely recommend 16gb ram for a future proof build, considering the increasing amount of ram requirements of the upcoming games.

To clarify further ; If I get a 144hz monitor when I have a pc build that can only go up to 60FPS in my favourite game, my monitor is wasted. So I really need a decent cpu, graphics card, enough ram.
 

sinthoras

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Hey!
Your pc is the engine that runs the monitor. The hertz of the monitor is linked to the amount of FPS that you can get in games.
Think like this ; If you have a 144hz monitor, you want a pc that can give you up to 144fps in a game

Therefore, the ram is only a small portion of the equation. Your graphics card/cpu-- all parts need to be on a level which can support up to 144fps in the games that you'd like to play

So partially , its true. And I'd definitely recommend 16gb ram for a future proof build, considering the increasing amount of ram requirements of the upcoming games.

To clarify further ; If I get a 144hz monitor when I have a pc build that can only go up to 60FPS in my favourite game, my monitor is wasted. So I really need a decent cpu, graphics card, enough ram.
 

jimmy_the_dude

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Hey!
Your pc is the engine that runs the monitor. The hertz of the monitor is linked to the amount of FPS that you can get in games.
Think like this ; If you have a 144hz monitor, you want a pc that can give you up to 144fps in a game

Therefore, the ram is only a small portion of the equation. Your graphics card/cpu-- all parts need to be on a level which can support up to 144fps in the games that you'd like to play

So partially , its true. And I'd definitely recommend 16gb ram for a future proof build, considering the increasing amount of ram requirements of the upcoming games.

To clarify further ; If I get a 144hz monitor when I have a pc build that can only go up to 60FPS in my favourite game, my monitor is wasted. So I really need a decent cpu, graphics card, enough ram.
Thanks for the input. I am sure he will get more RAM in the future. Here is the build (give or take a few minor changes I did not update), https://pcpartpicker.com/user/gostman87/saved/CNfXvK, so I am sure he will able to get 144 frames on most games.
 

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