Slow computers are incredibly frustrating, and there’s really no debating that. Speeding up the performance of your system is crucial if you want fast load times, smooth gaming, excellent video/photo editing, or if you just love having the fastest computer possible.

Investing in high quality DDR3 RAM can increase your speeds ten-fold if you’ve neglected an upgrade for some time or if you’re putting together a brand new custom build. By upgrading to DDR3, you’ll be amazed by how much faster your system will run. However, it’s very important that you only get the best memory for your money. We’ve put together this all-inclusive guide to finding the Best DDR3 Memory for 2016-2017. Let’s start with a few basics about DDR3 and what it has to offer.

Which Brands are Worth Considering?

In the past few months, the prices of DDR continue to become more reasonable, making the upgrade a more justifiable option for those looking for value. When it comes to quality memory, a four brands come to mind – Corsair, Kingston, Crucial, and G.Skill. Each manufacturer now offers quality DDR  RAM that’s built with top of the line performance in mind.

Kingston HyperX FURY 16GB KitKingston HyperX FURY 16GB Kit (2x8GB) Check It Out
Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GBCorsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB (2X4 GB) Check It Out
Crucial 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3Crucial 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3Check It Out

How much RAM do you need?

How much RAM you need in a system depends on what you intend to do with it, how long you intend to keep it, and whether or not you can upgrade your memory post-purchase. This last point is important, as many high-end laptops have eliminated user-upgradeable RAM in order to reduce system thickness by roughly six nanometers.

Adding additional RAM to any laptop generally increases power consumption by a measurable (if small) amount, but this shouldn’t be an issue for most users. It’s also better to have a bit too much RAM than too little, as whatever you gain in power savings you’ll promptly lose to increased disk paging.

Apple’s MacBook Air offers 4GB of RAM, but most of the systems from Dell, HP, and other OEMs start at 8GB, and I think that’s the better sweet spot. That’s not to say you can’t get by on 4GB — you absolutely can — but 8GB gives you a bit more breathing room.

There’s at least some evidence that modern desktop applications have slowed the rate at which they demand more RAM. From 1990 to 2000, Photoshop’s minimum RAM requirement rose from 2MB to 64MB, a 32x increase in 10 years. It took another 16 years to match this early rate (from 64MB in 2000 to 2GB in 2016).

A lightweight system today can get by with 4GB of RAM. 8GB should be plenty for current and near-term future applications, 16GB gives you comfortable space for the future, and anything over 16GB is likely overkill unless you specifically know you need it (such as for video editing or audio post-production). This holds true for desktops as well as laptops.

Final Thoughts

Building a fast, top of the line system with DDR3 is your best bet on achieving the best possible performance. Whether you’re a hardcore gamer, a graphic designer, video editor, or rendering in 3D or virtual reality, this newest standard of memory has the speeds to take your computer to the next level.

Concluding from our research, we’ve gone over the best DDR3 RAM upgrades for 2016-2017 and have offered both top of the line choices and budget-friendly options. Before you purchase memory, make sure you look into our specific recommendations from Kingston, Corsair, G.Skill, and Crucial.

If you need any further assistance on choosing which is the right choice, let us know and we’ll be happy to help you in your

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