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Is 16GB of RAM going to hold me down for the next 2-3 years?
Old 9th February 2015
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Is 16GB of RAM going to hold me down for the next 2-3 years?

I just spent almost 2K USD on new production PC, which will be delivered in the next week (HP Omen 15t - I will be using it for some light gaming as well). It comes with 16GB RAM, which is soldered on, so upgrading won't be an option. Also a 512 SSD, which I am excited about

I hope to use this as my primary music lappie for the next 2-3 years, at least. I use a lot of heavy Kontakt libraries in my sessions. Nothing to the point of huge orchestral mockups, but I can count on at least a dozen instances of Kontakt with instruments of varying sizes, including multi-sampled pianos, drums and string sections, along with audio. I hate having to bounce Kontakt instruments down to audio early on, as I like to keep the creative options open. But, sooner or later, as I get carried away adding sampled instruments to my heart's content, this becomes necessary. My current rig has 12GB RAM and I'm looking forward to this little boost, although I have a feeling it may not be as dramatic as I'd like.

But do you think I'll eventually find myself missing the other 16GB? Will 32 GB soon be the new 16?

It's hard to find lappies with 32GB RAM, or upgradeable to 32, for under 2K USD. This one checks most of my boxes so I have a feeling I'll be fairly happy with it. I'm just slightly worried about this issue of RAM.
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