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How Much RAM Is Enough RAM in 2022?

So if you can afford it, 16 GB of RAM is not an unreasonable baseline for your 2022 machine. You might not take advantage of all that power right now, especially if you don’t use your computer for intensive tasks. But these are expensive machines that should last us longer than the upgrade cycle of a smartphone, and an extra $200 for RAM today is much better than $1,000+ on a new laptop three years from now.

As I tell students (and parents) often… buy as much RAM as you can afford. I've never had some one ever in all my years of recommending hardware tell me they bought too much RAM.

I have, however, had many come back regretfully telling me that they should have listened as they are faced with having to buy another machine within a year or so of buying their first one.

Nowadays, I recommend 16GB of RAM and 32 GB if you can afford it and are able to get it on the machine. If a person is only using it for surfing the web, I would think 8 GB would be ok. However, I just had this conversation with a colleague and this article lines up with what I told her several weeks ago. As much as you can afford. Scrimping on RAM always gets you in the end.

This also applies to school purchases of hardware.

Source: How Much RAM is Enough RAM in 2022?

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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