What could this system possibly be doing to justify 16gb of ram?
the 16gbs are gonna magically clean up those cables haha
haha... yep, cables are a mess. Definitely learned a lot on my first build :)
I probably don't NEED 16 GB of RAM in it, but it'll get used every now and then when I'm working in a VM (particulary Photoshop in a VM), and on some larger datasets I work with from time to time.
i wouldn't worry about it, if you wanna get it do it, you wont need RAM for awhile, 8gbs is plenty for most ppl, but if you as the OP want 16gbs there isnt any downside i can think of lol
For true. It just feels like a budget build. There a couple few things that could've brought the cost down without a significant performance impact and the RAM was the most obvious one.
I'm definitely not a enthusiast level spender, so it's definitely a budget-build in that context. Also, I didn't pay the price listed above. I got the case for $50 a few weeks ago on Newegg, and the RAM was actually free. But even if I had purchased myself I still would have grabbed 16 GB, just a cheaper set than what my friend had laying around.
I'm not a big gamer, so that probably accounts for much of the difference in choices where other people here would have spent their cash differently. If you've got suggestions for how I could have gotten better bang for my buck for a development box I'm all ears :)
Definitely can't argue with free! And granted their are times when the extra RAM may help with the tasks you've noted.
I guess the only other thing I would nitpick would be the choice of an unlocked CPU with a stock cooler an no OC. Granted we're not talking earth-shattering savings, but with no plans to overclock you could've gone with a 3470 or 3550 and saved a bit of coin without too much of a performance hit. Of course if you do plan to OC in the future then my point is moot.
Nice budget build, just wondering where did you hide your ssd? I just bought the same case!!