When I did build former rig back in February 2010, I did not give much thought to the amount of RAM I will need. Normally, 6 RAM is enough for most of A4 projects but when I started working with higher scales, I did notice my system lagging behind which forced me to take unnecessary steppes to complete tasks I wanted.
Intel Core i7 920 2.80GHz @ 4.00GHz
Asus P6TD Deluxe Intel X58 (Socket 1366) DDR3 Motherboard
Corsair XMS3 6GB DDR3 PC3-12800C9 (1600MHz) Tri-Channel DDR3
It would be simpler to just add another 6 more gigs of RAM, making it total of 12, but I didn’t simply do that because, the memory controller on P6TD was faulty, thefore it required additional restart after initial boot to load full 6GBs of RAM. It was slightly annoying to deal with and I don’t know why I didn’t replaced it when I could. Apart from that, another reason to make a full upgrade was that PC market is at this sweet spot right now, where hardware was worked out of initial kinks and prices are 10-15% down.
Now, my current rig updated to:
Intel Core i7 3770K, 3.5Ghz 650 MHz GPU @4.3GHz
Asus MAXIMUS V GENE, Intel Z77, S 1155, DDR3
Corsair DDR3 16GB (4x4GB) Vengeance (1600)
With plenty of USB 3.0 ports, decent overclock and 16GBs of RAM, I do not think ill be needing an upgrade in the next 4 years. Adding Crucial RealSSD M4 256GB was a nice upgrade, booting speeds under 15 sec and Adobe Suite performs on amazing speeds. The weakest link, which might be needing a replacement, depending on how things go, is my graphics card: Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 1GB.