How much ram do you recommend?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by beez7777, Dec 29, 2002.

  1. beez7777 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2002
    Notre Dame
    I tried making this a poll, but the option has been turned off. Anyway, heres my situation: i have a 17" iMac with the standard 256 MB. From what I've been hearing here at MR, you can never have enough ram in OS X. My question is this- if i were to buy more, how much should I buy? I was thinking 256, but will 128 suffice? And how much of a speed difference will I notice? I don't run too many heavy duty apps, occasionally photoshop and such. Although im only 15 and money is quite a big factor, I think I'll be buying from crucial, they seem prretty reliable, unless anyone recommends any other reseller. I've been living on for a while and am just not sure what to do. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
  2. irmongoose macrumors 68030


    Dec 3, 2001
    Sometimes Tokyo, sometimes California
    I would keep AT LEAST 512 in there... that's how much I have in my iMac.... but now I'm wishing I had waited a bit to let the RAM prices go down so I could have bought a 512 chip to bring the RAM u to 768.... anyways, yeah so get at least 512, if you can, get 768... that's how much Apple put in the iMacs at Macworlds...

  3. mnkeybsness macrumors 68030


    Jun 25, 2001
    Moneyapolis, Minnesota
    i've noticed that os x likes to use as much ram as it can get...sometimes when using aquamon i see around 500mb of ram just being used by the finder, itunes, and aquamon...lowest i see is around 256 for those three

    i'm up to a gig of ram now, but that's really not that necessary unless you really need to run lots of apps
  4. Nipsy macrumors 65816


    Jan 19, 2002
    While I can understand that money is a big factor for you, remember that you'll use RAM every time you use your computer...for as long as you own your computer.

    Nowadays, a 128 stick is prolly about $13, a 256 about $25, and a 512 about $35 (

    That $22 difference will be valuable over a period of a year (or 3), so skip 3 movies, and get the biggest, densest stick(s) you can!
  5. benixau macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    good call nipsy.

    look, you know how you cant have enough money? well use some of it cause you cant ever have enough RAM.
  6. sparkleytone macrumors 68020


    Oct 28, 2001
    Greensboro, NC
    just buy a 512 stick. Get it while its cheap. Thats the rule with RAM.

    Go for it and get two. A 512 PC133 DIMM is about $25 right now. A 512 PC133 SODIMM for the other slot is about $85. Believe me its worth it.
  7. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    As has already been said, ram is inexpensive enough and the more the better.

    I'd recommend buying the 512MB stick for the slot you can access, and don't worry about the "internal" memory. Remember if you buy a 128MB stick now, and then you decide you need more, that stick will be unusable when you buy the bigger stick of RAM.
  8. medea macrumors 68030


    Aug 4, 2002
    Madison, Wi
    I'm probably the only one that will post a different view on this, but do you always spend your money just because you have it to spend? look I have an 800mhz iMac with only 256mb Ram in it right now and it runs mighty fine, you stated yourself that you don't run much heavy duty software so it's probably not the biggest thing to worry about. Just my opinion though.

    I do plan on buying more ram at some point, but like I said it's not neccessary at the moment so my money can go into other things.....
  9. rainman::|:| macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    i upgraded my old iMac from 128 to 256 and then 384, and i definitely noticed a speed increase. i'm about poised buy a 512 and go to a total of 768... just to keep me occupied for a while, i'll probably be at a gig within 6 months. RAM prices are ideal for these big upgrades which really *are* worth it. Go get 512 and see how well it unclogs your system performance :)
  10. mcrain macrumors 68000


    Feb 8, 2002
    When i got my powerbook, one of the two memory sticks wasn't seated right, so I was running on just the one 512 stick. I thought it was brutally fast and wonderful. Then one day I clicked on the about this mac button, and lo and behold, I had a whole other 512 chip that just needed to be pushed gently to work. I powered down, took the chip out, re-inserted it, and you want to talk about really fast. There was a noticeable difference.

    I say go with the max memory possible.
  11. mymemory macrumors 68020


    May 9, 2001
    That is true,

    Get the higher ammount of ram per slot, do not get 2 x 128 because in the future (yesterday actually) it will be worth nothing. Save for one full slot and then go to the other.
  12. jefhatfield Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    i don't know what your max is on your machine, but max the baby out...because by the time you get one ram, then use it, then consider getting some more ram, you might already be tired of your machine and want to get the next latest thing

    use the machine at its fullest right now because within 6 months, any machine bought from anywhere becomes obsolete...the software manufacturers see to that
  13. beez7777 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2002
    Notre Dame
    thanks everyone, i think i'm gonna go with the 512 stick. Any suggestions on where to buy it? i was thinking crucial because of their reputation, but i've also been told just to get it from the cheapest place becasue they're all made from the same few manufacturers. any suggestions?
  14. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    Other World Computing.

    They have their own brand as well as TechWorks. They always have quality and good prices.

    I'm sure you'll enjoy the extra speed from having more than 512MB available to the system.

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