How much memory or RAM should my computer have?

Computer memory aka RAMThis question depends on the computer user you are, what programs you plan on running on the computer, and how many programs you have open at a given time. A method of determining how much RAM you should have is to look at the system requirements of the programs you run on your computer and double the memory requirements. However, below is the general recommendation for memory we suggest today's computers have.

Minimum: 1GB
Recommended: 4-6GB
Excellent: 8GB or more.

Of course if you are running an older computer the minimum memory requirements can be a lot less. For example, users who are still running Microsoft Windows 98 can get away with 64MB of memory since its requirements are only 24MB.

Note: Keep in mind that a 32-bit version of any Microsoft Windows operating system only detects a maximum of 4GB of total system memory. Upgrading to a 64-bit processor will increase you memory requirements, but it also allows your computer to address more memory.

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