PC gaming is becoming more and more intensive with each passing day, but the silver lining here is that we are still getting some great hardware into the market that is bridging the gap between the high end gaming, and gamers. When it comes to building a gaming PC, one of the most important question that people ask on the forums, or their gamer friends is how much RAM do they need for gaming. In all honesty, that answer is not all that difficult to answer to begin with.
Before we answer that question, you need to know that a standard gaming PC can easily house RAM up to 32 gigs, and 64 if you go higher. But do you really need that much RAM? Well, the answer is no; you do not need 32, or 64 gigs of RAM, because it will be overkill, and no game will be able to utilize that much RAM. At minimum, a budget gaming PC needs at least 8 gigs of RAM to be able to deliver you the smooth gaming experience that you should be able to enjoy.
However, PC hardware is not the only thing that is advancing; as a matter of fact, games are becoming increasingly demanding too, and gamers need hardware that can catch up to that. That is why I said that you need at least 8 gigs of RAM for a good gaming experience, but there are so many games in the market that will utilize more RAM than just 8 gigs.
The most common example is Rise of the Tomb Raider, even though the game is fairly old, the important thing that you need to know here is that it uses at least 10 to 11 gigs of RAM whenever you are playing the game. I remember I started playing this game when I had shifted to Skylake, and at that time, I only had 8 gigs of RAM, and I had some serious issues playing the game. As a matter of fact, the game was not playable at all, and I ran into so many issues every now and then.
Upgrading the RAM to 16 gigs actually helped me achieve the best possible result, and ever since that, despite changing so many PCs, I have never went above 16 GB of RAM. The thing is that when it comes to gaming, you do not need RAM more than 16 gigs. However, the important thing here is that in the future, you might need more RAM than 16 gigs because games are slowly becoming more and more demanding. As to when that will happen, I cannot really say because every single game I have played so far ran perfectly fine without demanding more RAM.