To add RAM or not to add RAM

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  1. macgeek77 macrumors regular

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    I have an iMac G5 2.1 Ghz with the base 512 MB of RAM. I do some multimedia stuff and like to run many apps at one time. Should I upgrade my RAM? If so, to what lever (the max could be 2 gigs). thanks!!
     
  2. psychofreak Retired

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    Upgrade your RAM!

    For your needs, 2GB doesn't seem to be worth the price though...maybe 1.5 or even 1GB.
     
  3. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    Add RAM. I've been meaning to add RAM but I wanted to see how much money I would have left before I went and bought another 512 stick. A gig of RAM in my iBook should be good.
     
  4. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    yes more RAM is always good!

    few things to remember though:

    since you have a G5 you're going to want paired sticks of RAM.

    so basically i'd say you have three options:
    1. 1x1GB stick (leaves possible upgrade to 2GB if you desire later)
    2. 2x512 sticks (fills both slots but gives you 1GB)
    3. 2x1GB (maxes out your RAM, but costs more)

    and remember the more RAM you have the smoother your machine will run with more apps open or with large files in PS or what have you.
     
  5. lord patton macrumors 65816

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    To the highest lever you can afford!

    Seriously, is your 512 on two 256 chips? If yes, replace one with a gig chip.

    Is your 512 on a single chip? In this case, add 512, or a gig, as your budget allows.
     
  6. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

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    I just installed a Gig of RAM on my one year old iBook and, although not surprised at its newly gained speed, I can certainly feel it's there. No disk swapping means applications showing instantaneously when selected. This thing flyes through Photoshop heaven now... :p
     
  7. failsafe1 macrumors 6502a

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    Ram ram ram ram ram ram ram ram (sung to the tune of spam):)
     
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    seriously, get 1GB on ONE chip -- that way you can add another chip in a year or so if you want more speed on Leopard :)
     
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    There's only one DDR2-533 PC4200 DIMM (NOT SO-DIMM) slot on that iMac. 1 GB more (512 MB + 1 GB) is probably the best option.
     
  11. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    A G5 iMac doesn't actually require paired sticks of RAM and there was always a bit of debate as to whether there was really a practical real-life day to day benefit in getting paired RAM

    I suspect the OP would be better off with an unmatched 1.5 GB of RAM as opposed to a paired 2x512
     
  12. valdore macrumors 65816

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    I work in photoshop a lot too (on my Dell peecee though) and noticed marked improvement when I doubled it's factory 1 gig RAM up to two gigs.

    Whenever I get my mac desktop machine I've long been pining for, I'm afraid to get any less than two gigs RAM, though 3 gigs would be better (but a lot more expensive too).
     

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