I5 with 8GB Ram or I5 with 4GB Ram.Help!


Apr 17, 2012
Hello, I was buying an I5 2500k 3.3 Ghz with 8GB of Ram,
but now some of my friends are saying that the I5 won't
be powerful enough to handle the 8GB Ram so they told
me to get 4 or 6 GB ram instead.
Do you agree?And does having 8GB ram with I5 Effect
the performance?
An i5 will handle 32GB (or more?) so 8 is not an issue. Most folks seem to be getting 8 (as I did) or 16, just because it is so cheap. The only catch is if you get above 4GB make sure you have Win XP, Vista, or 7 in the 64-bit version so the OS can use all that RAM.


Feb 5, 2010
get 8gb.

your friends dont know what they are talking about

ram is used because it is quicker to access data than the hdd

firefox can easily use 700mb to 1gb of ram on its own

and ram is so cheap why not have more ram than you need
It is apparent your friends haven't a clue in the world, at this point I would stop relying on their advice for your build, you will be much happier if you do.
The amount of memory you install should depend almost entirely on the software you plan to run and it's requirements. You also need a 64 bit OS to be able to use more than 4gig of RAM. 8gig is the sweet spot and plenty of memory for most people today, and 8gig kits are cheap enough. Simply buy a 2 stick (2x4gig) kit and you will be fine, if, as we mentioned, you are running a 64bit OS. If not, then a 2x2 gig kit for 4 gig is what you want. Why would you get 6 gig? 2-2 gig sticks and 2 -1 gig sticks? That's kind of ignorant now, isn't it?


Sep 17, 2011

your friends are lying to you... you better learn computer your self

they feel expertise if you follow them


Apr 17, 2012
Thanks guys i guess they are wrong :p
So my PC will look like this:

CPU : Intel Core i5-2500k 3.30GHz LGA1155
RAM : 8 GB
HDD : Sata 500 GB 3.5"
PSU : 700W Alpine
CASE : Cooler Master Elite 430 Black
GRAPHICS CARD : Radeon HD 6850

Good?Any better suggestions without changing the total price with much?Thanks!


I don't own a single computer with less than 8Gb of RAM, and all my processors are weaker than an I5. Trust me when I say the extra RAM helps system performance and multitasking, and it well worth it considering how cheap DDR3 RAM has become.
Ram is just a Intermediary holder of data, Lies between HDD and CPU. HHD are very slow when retrieving data, in-fact Ram is about 10 times faster than even a SSD – But also by far more expensive than a HDD and not as practical as an SSD. Programs and program date are transferred to Ram so that the CPU can use/modify. The cpu is NOT what limits the amount of ram, it is the operating system and the MB bios.
Limitations imposed by windows 7:
Version........................Limit on X86.........Limit on X64
Windows 7 Ultimate ........ 4 GB .................. 192 GB
Windows 7 Enterprise........ 4 GB .................. 192 GB
Windows 7 Professiona .... 4 GB .................. 192 GB
Windows 7 Home Premium 4 GB .................... 16 GB
Windows 7 Home Basic ..... 4 GB ..................... 8 GB

Would LOVE to have 192 Gigs, My I5-2500k would Love it, But the largest ram Modules I think are 8 gig, so 192 gig would require 24 memory slots – LOL as most typical MB have 4 or 6 slots. Also cost would be over $1200.
Also for me the ONLY thing I could do with it is make one HUGH ramdrive.

BACK to earth – 4 Gigs generally considered Min any more, sweetspot is 8 gigs, Myslef have 16 gigs on my I5-2500k

REF PSU - You do NOT want your investment to go up in smoke, so listen to JSC.
Your system will draw less than 350 Watts, so a HIGH quality 450+ is recommended. If you THINK you might want to stick a 2nd 6850 inthere for xfire a 650 Watt Corsait TX would be a good choice.
Many buy the "LARGE PSUs" that are poor quality and live to regreat it.