I could kick myself in the teeth for NOT buying the 16 Gbs of RAM.... Comes down to that almighty dollar and the saying "happy wife, happy life". You are correct with the 16Gbs of RAM making a HUGE difference when it comes to heavy lifting. I have a ASUS gaming rig and it came with 8 GBS of RAM - Once I dropped another 8 in, my gaming experience was all the more enhanced with better load times, and more seamless game-play. I do use software that turns on a "Game-Mode" when gaming, thus turning off a ton of graphic options, and also trimming down the machine to free up resources. But like you mentioned MickeLittle - the 8GBs of RAM have been enough!