1 GB RAM vs. 2 GB RAM for MacBook

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by wasabifish, Aug 9, 2006.

  1. wasabifish macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2006
    I'm considering upgrading my RAM for my 2.0 Ghz MacBook. A few questions I want to ask:
    - How much performence increase would you get for the 1 GB vs. the 2GB?
    - Price: What do you consider a good deal for RAM (1GB and 2GB)?
    - Where: I'm looking for a good price and reliable customer service
    - How hard is it to install the RAM? Should I get Apple to assemble it for me?

  2. ricgnzlzcr macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2005
    1) Depends on your workload. If you have a lot of intensive apps open,more is better
    2) When I get my macbook/macbook pro I'm going to buy a no name third party ram from newegg.com for about 80 dollars a gig.
    3) Newegg.com is pretty reliable, but I don't know anything about the brand of ram
    4) Installing ram and a new hard drive on a macbook is easy as pie. Look it up at ifixit.com
  3. wasabifish thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2006
    Well, I usually have the following apps open:
    Terminal (to compile Java)
    My Java App (Takes up around 60% on both processor)

    Just sometimes I find the apps a bit slow. Also, does upgrading the RAM = less heat for my MacBook?

    So what do you recommend?
  4. wako macrumors 65816

    Jun 6, 2005
    Heat on the macbook is mostly caused by the CPU. Having more RAM probably wouldnt not have an effect on the CPU.

    1gig should be fine. However if you dont want to experience any slow downs, 2gigs is always best. I had 1gig on my PowerBook before and I had to watch my memory usage carefully to make sure it doesnt use too much or else it would bog down the system. With 2gigs I always have alot of freedom because I really dont need to worry about how much memory is being used.

    FYI: from what i notice it seems that Firefox is a resource hog. If you have it on too long and surf alot of web pages it begins to use alot of resources. Its as if it stores its cache on your RAM or something. So if you go the route of 1gig make sure you quite out and open it back up from time to time.
  5. wasabifish thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2006
    Alright. I think I'll go for the 2GB. What do you consider a good pricing?
  6. CNU182 macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2003
  7. gnasher729 macrumors G5


    Nov 25, 2005
    Open "Activity Monitor", click on "System Memory", look at "Page ins/outs". Each page in and page out costs you a few milliseconds, and that is what more RAM will reduce. If you have a few thousand per day, more RAM doesn't make a difference. If you have 100.000 a day, get more memory.
  8. mcarnes macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2004
    USA! USA!

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