Base RAM enough for a MacBook?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Totty, May 24, 2006.

  1. Totty macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2006
    So, I hear a lot of people say that Apple made a mistake with the base ram of the MacBook...but what all can you really do with it?
    If I'm trying to keep the total price of my purchase down for now...would waiting on a ram upgrade be something I could do?
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    *sigh* What programs and how many simultaneous ones are you going to run? Hell, Apple includes the answer to this in the "Learn more" section under Memory.
  3. faintember macrumors 65816


    Jun 6, 2005
    the ruins of the Cherokee nation
    The base RAM install is fine for word processing, running iTunes, Mail, iChat and the like. Just do not expect to have 8 programs running at the same time with no slowdown. I would not wait for a MB RAM update from Apple. Most people on here will advise to buy the MB and then upgrade the RAM from a reliable 3rd party RAM vendor that guarantees compatibility with Apple products.
  4. bodeh6 macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2005
    I would get at least 1GB if you are going to be running a couple of programs. I might get 2GB from Datamem for less then $250.
  5. chrisgeleven macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2002
    Manchester, NH
    I am currently using 512mb on my Macbook (2 GB arrives tomorrow!) and it is alright for most everyday tasks.

    Don't expect to run more then a couple of applications or more then 1 heavy application. I was starting to run into slowdowns after having Firefox, Adiumx, iTunes, Gizmo, and iPhoto running at the same time.

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