The third most important feature when building a gaming pc. To put it simple, the more the better! Faster RAM is also defined by its frequency where higher is better.
When looking for RAM consider the model too. Manufacturers often build systems with either unbranded RAM (this translates to cheap Far East junk!) or the bottom end range of a brand; Corsair do basic ram designed for basic budget systems and it is just known as Corsair Value RAM, but they also do an LPX Range which is far better. We only use Corsair LPX DDR4 RAM or better here, its regarded the best in the industry and has been for years. Corsair also offer a lifetime warrenty with all of their XMS and Vengeance RAM.
It is also worth noting that we use the correct channel configuration - For example if you choose 8GB we would use 2 x 4GB modules so that it operates in dual channel as it should. Many system builders would use a single, and cheaper, 8GB module which means the RAM would only operate single channel mode which would impact the performance.
How much RAM will depend on the task in hand - for basic tasks such as browsing, word processing and emails 2-4GB is enough. Older PC games require 4GB of RAM, whilst the newer, higher end titles will demand 8GB or 16GB to ensure they run in all their glory. Multimedia editing and CAD workstations will need at least 8GB or RAM, ideally 16GB or 32GB.
16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2666Mhz (4 x 4GB)
VENGEANCE LPX memory is designed for high-performance overclocking. The heatspreader is made of pure aluminum for faster heat dissipation, and the eight-layer PCB helps manage heat and provides superior overclocking headroom.
|Storage Capacity||16GB (4x4GB)|
|Technology||DDR4 (Quad Channel)|