1gb or 2gb of ram for iMac G5

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Estic, Sep 13, 2004.

  1. Estic macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2004
    I ordered my iMac G5 on aug. 31 with 256mb ram and plan to have 2gb or 1gb when it arrives. The system is going to used mainly for about 4500 pictures (and growing) in iphoto and photoshop editing of raw files. Should I just stick to 2gb of ram or I'm I throwing away my money? Will I see a difference between having 1gb vs 2gb of ram? This will be the most ram I have ever had in one system and want to make sure I'm doing the right thing.

  2. NusuniAdmin macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2003
    although 1 GB of ram might be sufficient for your needs you might still have some low memory problems. Id just go for 2.
  3. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    1 gig is usually more than enough if you are doing images and no video. But having said that, it can never hurt to have more ram.
  4. kerb macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2004
    Lancashire UK
    my rule of thumb with RAM in is

    put in as much as you can afford

    especially true with OSX, G5 processors and the FX5200 graphics card

    all take nice big chunks of RAM if it's there to optimise themselves.
  5. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    ...putting in a matching pair of DIMMs will boost memory bandwidth.

    So there are other factors to consider on the iMac G5 besides, more is better.
  6. spaceballl macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    I wouldn't put 2gb in yet. Put 1gb in, but make sure to just use one dimm so that you have room for expansion. The iMac comes standard w/ a 7200 rpm harddrive. That combined w/ a gig of RAM will make your pics load plenty snappy. Granted, they won't load too quickly cuz iPhoto sucks at being fast AT ALL. Get iView Media if you want fast loading. But if you have the cash, might as well get 2.

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