Should I buy more RAM?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by springscansing, Feb 18, 2003.

  1. springscansing macrumors 6502a

    springscansing

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    Hey everyone. I've got a Dual G4 867 stock, except for no modem. *grin* That means 512 RAM. I also have an external 80GB Lacie D2 firewire HD.. and a Radio Shark USB 4-port hub, haha. Ohhh, and an HP Deskjet 960c! Er... a Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer Trackball.. some dust..

    Anyway.

    512 ram, right? Now I do a lot of audio work, and I mean a lot of audio work, and I also run a Carracho server full time. Two actually. Often when doing audio work, 100MB of RAM can be taken up just by audio files. I'm running Cubase SX, Max/MSP, Supercollider, Csound, etc... and usually not all at once.

    So I am thinking, 512 - 250 for audio - 150 for the OS leaves me a spare 100, right? Or does X use more than I think?

    512 DDR2100 is only 70 bucks.. should I go for it? Would it improve speed at all, or would it not be noticable? Sorry if this post is duh-tastic, but I've been up since, Sunday... and its Tuesday. Eep.
     
  2. springscansing thread starter macrumors 6502a

    springscansing

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    hm.. that's bad, right?
     
  3. Bear macrumors G3

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    Depends on how long you system has been up and running for. More importantly how much time you been actively using it out of the uptime.

    However, in general it does show you can use more ram. How much of a difference it will make will depend on the above factors (among other things).

    Get yourself another 512MB stick since you seem to have the cash for it.
     

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