The lowest I saw DDR3 reach back in 2009 was about $55 for 4GB in August. Prices spiked afterwards, but it looks like someone messed up on their math somewhere, and there is just too much available now.
The prices today blow that out of the water. The last few machines I've built were easily able to fit 8~12GB of memory into the budget.
I hadn't checked on RAM prices for about 3 months since my build and I finally checked prices again on newegg about a week ago and was shocked. RAM that had cost me $90 three months ago was selling for $45. You get can 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 for only about $100.
I'm actually tempted to upgrade my machine to 8GB because I've got a personal project I'm working on the requires processing a 17GB dataset and the extra RAM would be of some use.
OK Bill Gates and no one needs more than 640k of RAM... *sigh*
I run 12GB in my system and 8GB in my old system. I can tell you running WoW as well as my browser with tons of Tabs open, IM, etc... that I routinely go over 5GB used. Sure, 12 may be overkill now, but i plan on keeping that machine for at least 4 years and I am sure to find apps and games that will utilize more RAM. Especially once we start seeing a lot more 64bit game clients.
With 15% promo code and $25 mail-in-rebate, I got 4GB for 28.54 shipped about a month ago. Now the price dropped $20, and with the current $15 MIR, it's still about $30 shipped. Don't see it getting much better than that without delving into the lower end stuff.
I remember back in August I bought my new machine, and I shelled out $85 for 2x2GB G.Skill DDR3, and that was the cheapest stuff they had on NewEgg. Now? That same kit I bought for $85 is under $40, and it's really pissing me off! Trust me folks, get your RAM now, while its dirt cheap!
Yeah it's a waste for most people, but who cares. Extra RAM isn't going to slow your computer down, and it's so dirt cheap there;s not much of a reason not to get a extra RAM. Besides the OS can use the extra RAM for the hard drive page cache which could give a slight performance boost for files that get accessed frequently, like say the browser cache.
Although if you're overclocking a CPU through increasing the BCLK then less RAM could be beneficial.
[citation][nom]GeekApproved[/nom]Anything over 6gb is a complete waste. Anything over 3gb for gaming is a waste.[/citation]
I suggest you read this: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ram-memory-upgrade,2778-6.html
[citation][nom]soldier37[/nom]have 8Gb DDR 3 now, may go with 12Gb this year for my next build, 8 core bulldozer at 4Ghz/12Gb DDR3, Asus 6990 4Gb, 2560 x 1600 super ips panel via display port. Life is grand![/citation]
Cool specs. I've got 12gb DDR 3, 8 core bulldozer at 4.01Ghz/12gb DDR3, Asus 6990 4gb, and 2561x1600 super ips panel via display port. That makes my life grander than yours. PS. You're a tool.
When I only had 6GB I ran a small RAMDISK, and it was quite convenient. One DIMM died, and now I'm at 4GB.
Here's one person hoping we'll see some LGA 2011 consumer boards with 8 DIMMs (I want the extra memory, but don't want a server board). Who needs a SSD?
ROFL at more than 6gb is a waste, I run Catia V5-R18 and I can honestly say, 128gb isnt enough, 1tb I could actually render a whole job with stress test but thats only if I use .158 inch, I heard of Ford using 2mm stress test, which would take 6.879tb of dram with proper scaling. Ram limitations hold back real workstations which is sad cuz they keep making cheap crappy 1-2-4gb sticks for dirt cheap.
I say start making 16gb sticks and stop losing money!!!!!!!!!
[citation][nom]Belardo[/nom]I'm still running with 2GB with Windows7. Guess I should order another 2GB... maybe 4.[/citation]
Yeah, we have some older machines at work we use for Win7 testing (not fully deployed yet to our 14000 users..) And even with the 32bit version (dont ask....) going from 2GB to 3GB makes a difference.
[citation][nom]joytech22[/nom]I think I'll stick with my 8GB, and wow production is cheap, they sell these things for 60x their value, I wonder if everything else does the same thing, maybe my 6850 only cost $10 to make?![/citation]
Actually no. Ram modules are sold in the little chips you see in the pic, not the actual memory module. 1Gb is 1 Gigabit, it takes 8 of those to make a 1GB module, 16 to make a 2GB. 16 x $0.87 = $13.92 just for the raw modules. Add the board, manufacturing, testing, labor, etc... its a bit more than that.