We rated, reviewed, & compared 14 of the best RAM for gaming across various budgets. These top memory kits are perfect for gamers or anyone else looking for more memory for their computer.
If you’re building a new gaming computer, then you’ve probably heard that your memory is pretty important. In the simplest of terms, your computer’s memory gives your processor a place to carry out it’s processes. The more memory you have and the quicker it functions, the faster your processor can access important files.
Of course, in gaming, there is only so much memory that can be had. And, that’s why one of the most common questions first-time builders ask is:
How Much RAM Do I Need for Gaming?
Generally speaking, 8GB of RAM is all that is needed in modern gaming. However, if you are planning on doing other process-intensive tasks like video/image editing, more RAM will come in handy. Also, if you’re building a budget PC, you can go with 4GB to start and upgrade later down the road.
The good thing about memory is that, as far as cost goes, it’s probably the one component that will give you the biggest increase in performance relative to it’s cost (up to a certain point, of course). In fact, for about $50-$60 you can get a kit of 2400MHz 8GB DDR4 RAM–which is pretty good for the price.
In this post, I will go over the best RAM for gaming in 2018 at various price ranges for different budget sizes. I’ve broken the guide down into two different sections… DDR3 Memory and DDR4 Memory.
Really, DDR3 memory is on its way out and if you’re building a new computer you probably shouldn’t be using it. However, if you’re looking to upgrade and older build, DDR3 memory is probably your only option (unless you upgrade your CPU/motherboard as well.)
I have chosen multiple different kits for each section based on price, speed, and quantity. This list isn’t the end-all-be-all list of computer memory, but there should be enough solid options here to help you choose the right RAM for your gaming PC.
THE BEST RGB MEMORY KITS
Do you like to spend a lot of money on arbitrary features that don’t improve performance in any way whatsoever, but only serve to improve the aesthetics of your build? If so, we have some RGB memory to sell to you!
All jokes aside, RGB lighting has taken the PC building world by storm despite the fact that it has no other purpose than to make your system look cooler. This would typically be fine as PC buidlers often choose their components with aesthetics in mind. However, RGB lighting comes in at a premium and so it is really only suited for those who have large budets and who are looking to build high-end setups.
If you do have the budget, though, and you want to go all out on the RGB spectrum, then one of the items you’ll want to look into is RGB memory.
Right now there are only a few viable RGB kits of memory out there and of those, only two really stand out as top options.
So, if you are looking to spice up the style of your upcoming build (or upgrade), check out our overviews on the best RGB RAM kits below:
A COMPARISON OF THE BEST RGB MEMORY
THE BEST DDR4 MEMORY KITS
With the prices of DDR4 memory falling and pretty much reaching DDR3 levels, there really isn’t a whole lot of reason to choose a DDR3-based build over a DDR4-based build (assuming you are working with a large budget.)
It still makes sense in a few cases to go with DDR3 memory, simply because if you are upgrading an older system and you aren’t getting a new CPU and motherboard, too, you will have to choose DDR3 memory.
However, for anyone who is building a new system with an AMD Ryzen CPU, Intel Kaby Lake CPU, or a Haswell Extreme CPU, then you will definitely want to get a solid DDR4 kit.
Fortunately, as already mentioned, the prices of DDR4 kits have come down significantly over the past few months and they are now in line with the cost of DDR3 kits.
What follows is a list of some of the best DDR4 memory kits you can buy…
A COMPARISON OF THE BEST DDR4 GAMING RAM
THE BEST DDR3 MEMORY KITS
Yes, DDR4 memory has arrived. And, yes, DDR4 memory is pretty much just as affordable now as DDR3 memory.
And, while there aren’t a whole lot of reasons to purchase DDR3 memory anymore, there are a couple of instances where it makes sense.
In fact, if you’re upgrading your older Intel- or AMD-based build and you want to add more memory, you’ll have to buy DDR3 memory.
Don’t worry, though…
In most in-game scenarios the performance difference between DDR3 and DDR4 is not very significant and most people will never be able to tell the difference.
So, if you need some cheap DDR3 RAM for your system, you can use some of the following kits…
A COMPARISON OF THE BEST DDR3 GAMING RAM
NEED HELP CHOOSING MEMORY?
While this list covers my opinion on what the best RAM for gaming is, it’s inevitable that others will disagree with me. And, that’s fine! I based this list off of price-to-performance and not necessarily on what RAM performs the absolute best.
I did that simply because the in-game performance difference between the extreme 3200MHz kits and the standard 1600MHz kits are not very significant, especially when you consider the price difference.
Ultimately, though, if you’re in the market for a new gaming PC and you are planning on building a new system, or if you are just looking for an upgrade for your current gaming computer, and you have questions, please post them below.