2x512 or 1x1024

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  1. stoid macrumors 601

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    Hey all, I'm finally home from college for the summer and with a job I have a steady source of income for the next 3-4 months. I would really like to upgrade my PowerBook's internal memory. I have a 15 inch Rev A. Aluminum book, and it has the stock 2x256 MB of RAM installed. I'm using the laptop for Flash development, basic Photoshop 7, and mid-level Final Cut Pro 3 on top of the usual word processing/internet college student use. Even with a summer job, I am somewhat strapped for cash at this time since I also need to be saving for next school year. I can get a two 512MB chips for $198 or a single 1GB chip for $316. It seems like it would be better to just go ahead and get the 512MB chips because I should be able to cover that on one week of pay. I know that I'll have additional chips to sell if I do want to upgrade further, but it seems like 1GB is enough RAM for at least the next year or two until the 1GB chips go down in price.


    Am I thinking clearly here, or am I missing something important? Thanks all!

    BTW, I also tend to leave apps running rather than quitting them because Mac OS X simply does an awesome job of managing 10-15 application simultaneously.
     
  2. JOD8FY macrumors 6502a

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    You're thinking clearly ;) . I'd go with the 2x512MB also, but there is one problem. As far as I know, and I could be wrong but, isn't one of the 256MB chips non-removeable? Maybe I'm just thinking 12". I think I am :rolleyes: . In that case, go with the 2x512's. That should be fine for what you need to do.

    Have a great summer,
    JOD8FY
     
  3. stoid thread starter macrumors 601

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    Yeah, I just checked, both chips are removable. Thanks for the second opinion!
     
  4. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    I'd get the 1 gig now.

    But...I don't think this is a qustion that others can answer for you. It comes down to one thing: It is more important for you to save money now or allow for an easier upgrade later?
     
  5. yamabushi macrumors 65816

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    I would also go for the 1 Gig now. You will have more total memory for the time being since you will still be able to use one of the 256 MB sticks.
     
  6. stoid thread starter macrumors 601

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    I think that saving money now is where I want to go, but I was wondering if 1 GB vs. 1.25 GB is going to be over half a month's food budget worth of noticeable? I'm certainly not going to get 2x1GB now, and it seems like by time I have more money and want to upgrade further, the 1GB chips will be cheaper. I think about it this way. $200 now + 2 x $200 for the price of the 1 GB chips two years down the road is $600. $320 now for 1GB and $200 the second 1GB chip two years down the road is still $520. The price is not a big difference if the market goes in a predictable direction.

    I've read that SDRAM prices are going to rise later this year due to increased demand, but it seems that in the future the prices will eventually drop.

    Is there something inherently different about manufacturing 1GB chips, or are they unnaturally expensive now just because they are newer?
     
  7. kenkooler macrumors regular

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    I'd go with the 2x512M now, the 1G dimms are still too expensive, compared with the 512M ones.

    By the time you'll need to upgrade the RAM again, the 1G ones will be much cheaper.
     
  8. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    You're broke. Don't worry about future upgrades right now; it could be two years before you want to upgrade, or you may get rid of it before then. I'd definitely go 2x512.

    paul
     
  9. FuzzyBallz macrumors 6502a

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    Go for the 2x512. Your 1GB stick will be old junk by the time you upgrade to a better PB.
     
  10. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

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    my thoughts exactly.

    you need it, get it. and try and save the most money in the meantime. dont' "struggle" through the present so you can worry about the future... just deal with the problem now, the most inexpensive way.

    ...yeah, that made sense, right?
     
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  12. Gherkin macrumors 6502

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    Yes, 2x512 MB.

    Besides, from reports I've read on here and other Apple boards, sometimes going over 1 GB doesn't even bring any noticable differences in performance. So 1 GB of RAM may be the most you'll ever need for your PB.
     
  13. adamjay macrumors 6502a

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    yea i remember barefeats showing something about how 1GB being the most effecient in terms of how much $$ you are spending on Ram vs. how much performance you are getting out of x-amount of ram. and since the only reason to get a 1GB chip would be to have more than 1GB in the future... 2 x 512MB would be the way to go.

    also check out the free TurboMem app from macupdate.com its a ram defragmenter and i gotta say its very effecient if you are switching around from FCP to Photoshop and such. MenuMeters is another good free app that will show your Used and Free Ram in the menu bar.
     

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