Should I spend $600 and upgrade to 2GB in Memory?

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  1. Apple!Freak macrumors 6502a

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    What do you guys think? Currently I'm running two 512's, so I''ve got a 1GB in there right now. I just tend to run a lot of programs at once and such. Presently, I really only have trouble when opening iPhoto (Almost 4,000 photos inside). When opening iPhoto my computer almost entirley craps out until it's completely open.

    What do you guys think? I would have to spend $600 to get two 1GB chips. Should I do it? Is it worth $600 for another gig of memory?
     
  2. iGary Guest

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    What programs are you running and what are you doing in them?

    Photoshop + large images + batch actions and filters + you make your living on it?

    Sure, buy it.

    $600.00 burning a whole in your pocket? Save a little more and buy a second display for it.
     
  3. Willy S macrumors 6502

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    2GB should cost around $200. Check newegg or crucial.
     
  4. Apple!Freak thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm making my living on my iMac but not by using Photoshop. :p

    I would purchase a second display (Apple 20"), but truth be told I don't have a spot for it on my desk (I do but I keep everything very clean and organized in my neck of the woods and my setup would shift out of shape if I were to add a screen next to my iMac).
     
  5. Apple!Freak thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You get me a direct link to the 1GBx2 or 2GBx1 chip(s) I need to buy to work flawlessy with my iMac, and I will purchase it, right now! (That is, if its $200 like you say.)
     
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  7. Apple!Freak thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  8. Applespider macrumors G4

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    I'd suggest troubleshooting your iPhoto before you go and spend so much on RAM. I've only got a 1.25G4 Powerbook with 5,000 or so photos and it doesn't crap out when opening iPhoto. If that's your only problem, it seems madness to get another GB of RAM when if iPhoto is messed up, it might not make much difference.

    Turn off the drop shadows, change to the black background, keep your main library in 'rolls' rather than all 4000 'loose' and make sure that your iPhoto trash is empty and see if that makes any difference.
     
  9. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    If you need 2GB of RAM, then bite the bullet if you have the $$$. Still, you should be able to find 2 1GB sticks of RAM for around $200 (more RAM is always a good choice). But like the post above said, check to make sure that iPhoto is properly working.
     
  10. zap2 macrumors 604

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    buy the ram , i know how annying a slow computers. do it , do it
     
  11. tsk macrumors 6502a

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    Not sure if this link will work perfectly but Crucial has it at $111 per chip (you need 2 for 2GB). You can also sell your old RAM for maybe $50-$75.

    http://www.crucial.com/store/listpa...=CR&model=iMac+(G5-1.8GHz,+20-inch)&submit=Go

    Crucial guarantees that it will work with your machine. If you go to Newegg, you can get it cheaper, but if things don't work, you may have to deal with a restocking fee.
     
  12. debroglie macrumors 6502a

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    go to ramseeker.com

    All of the RAM there is Mac tested. It searches many Mac RAM dealers. I have had great success with with 1-800-4-MEMORY. Currently, you can get 2GB for $168!! :eek:

    Also, sell your old RAM and put the money towards it.
     

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