Kallisto is really similar to salmon for "pseudo alignment", I ran it with about 8GB of RAM on human samples. I think the most demanding thing was building the RNA index, which you can get "pre-built" if you look around and probably could be run with a lot less. STAR is also really popular, but on the cusp of what is doable without moving to specialized hardware. When I played with it I could do human samples with about 32GB of RAM on a desktop after a lot of coaxing. You could move to AWS or university clusters at that point, which may be something you might be interested in anyways.