1st Mac User, 1gb Enough?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by iChristina, Nov 20, 2008.

  1. iChristina macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2008
    This is the first time i'm going to buy a Mac or use a mac, or even my first time buying a computer. My question is this : Is 1GB enough for me?

    Here are some specifics :
    I would only use Imovie, iphoto, safari, msn, itunes, limewire, games, and other movie making softwares.
    I Would make alot of movies, and upload alot of photos.
    I want safari to be fast, same for my other programs..

    Please help me! :):confused:
  2. mastershakess macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2008
    Bel Air, MD
    Memory is so cheap these days there is no reason not to max out the system you buy. I got 4gigs for 75 shipped and its awesome!
  3. iChristina thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2008
    Yes, but i don't want to spend more on a computer that has too much memory for me that i won't even use!:confused:
    Anyways thanks for ur answer!

    Anyone else?
  4. mastershakess macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2008
    Bel Air, MD

    Yes you need more than 1gig if you want to do video editing
  5. G-Force macrumors 6502a

    Nov 25, 2006
    Go with at least 2GB and you'll be fine. 1GB is not enough for me and I don't even edit videos... I do work a bit in Photoshop though...
  6. dannyboxer macrumors regular


    Oct 12, 2008
    If I were you I would get a extra gig of RAM. For video editing you will realistically need at least 2GB of RAM. Don't buy from Apple though, go to Crucial.
  7. leandroc76 macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2003
    It's expensive. much more than say newegg.com... or crucial...
  8. Pixellated macrumors 65816

    Apr 1, 2008
    No need to shout. Apple RAM is very overpriced. :)
  9. iChristina thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2008
    ahahah i wasn't shouting, i just wanted him to notice my "why" :p

    :DWell, thank you everyone for ur replys! I'm collecting my mone to buy an imac 20", and i'm going to get extra gig of RAM like "DannyBoxer" said. I've been doing alot of research in the forums to prepare for my great purchase. I realy can't wait. it will be my first computer ever, and my brother and i will finaly stop fighting for the computer...cuz i'm gona have my own!
    anyways thanks alot !!!:D
  10. 1visitor macrumors member

    Nov 20, 2008
    I understand your concern for not wasting more economies in something that already costs you precious money.
    But keep in mind that sometimes "cheap" translates as "expensive" if you consider the chances for things that might not work as planned.

    Since this is your first computer ever, you don't want to allow for problems to happen if you can avoid them. And as others have already pointed, RAM memory is not an expensive thing given the hassle that you could be getting yourself for saving on it.

    Basically, the more RAM you have the more things you can do at the same time without your computer getting slow or even freezing. For example, you would do some research opening say 30 web page, each one possibly with sounds and or animation graphics, etc. With maxed RAM you might never worry about, while with 1 gb for current systems you could face some glitches. Think of RAM as the size of your car's cabin: the bigger it is, lesser is the chance that you might have to stop the car and grab something out of the trunk before going on.

    Image editors, such as Photoshop, are know as RAM-eaters, there's never enough for them.
    Video editing depends, and it can be less demanding, for example if you do simple cut/trim editing without applying effects. I've gone that with as little as 250 megbytes. Of course nothing else running in the background.

    Converting video, say from DV to mp4, is a third kind of thing: instead of RAM what it benefits from is a faster processor.
    Also remember that to capture video from a DV camera (if it's DV you use) there are 2 essential requirementes: your computer must have a Firewire slot to be able to connect a DV camera, and you need a hard-disk that is 7200 rpm, preferably external.

    Hope this helps. And yes they are all right, don't buy Apple RAM, look at sores such as NeewEgg. I choose Mushkin, and other ones are Patriot, Corsair, Crucial.

    Hope this helps.
  11. rpaloalto macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2005
    Palo Alto CA.
    Why is it that Apple charges so much for ram?
    It's not just double. Its almost more than triple. What Apple charges for imac ram is over priced. It's not as bad as what they try and charge, for ram. For the Mac Pro

    Mac Pro ram
    2x1GB 800 DDR2 FB $499.00 at Apple:eek:
    2x1GB 800 DDR2 FB $82.99 at OWC:)

    I'm a Sucker for Apple I have no problems paying their prices for most products. But this is just insane.

    What they do throw darts at a dart board with 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, times the real amount. When It came time to figure out how much more cash, they can wring from the uneducated public.
  12. iChristina thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2008

    yes it helped alot. I find some of your advice very very good. "cheap" translates as "expensive" ....i'll remember that one, it's say it all.:)

    I'm realy good at working with computers, but Ram and GHz and hard drive, intel core, GB, MGB....i relay don't know what all those things are, means or stands for. I was wondering if you could help me you realy sound smart and good at those things, or if not, do you know any websites that can explain all of this? Thanks alot 1visitor:)
  13. 1visitor macrumors member

    Nov 20, 2008
    Again, think of it as a car, which carries lots of books, video devices, sound devices, toys, etc.
    The screen shows you the road. Keyboad and mouse are your steering-wheel.
    The CPU (the processing chip, measured in GigaHz and by its type) is the engine motor.
    The RAM is the cabin's size, with everything in it at hand reach.
    The HD (hard-disk) is the trunk. Lots of stuff kept in there, but it gets slow to bring them back into the cabin. Also, when the trunk is almost full, the car gets heavy.
    Not a perfect analogy, but I find it helpful to create a global image of what a computer does.

    It also helps knowing what is it that you want to do with the computer. What kid of movies (YouTube, or DVDs, or pro stuff). You said, for example, you want Safari to be fast. Well, Safari starts up instantly, can't get any faster than that, but experiences vary from one user to another. Personally I use Opera all the time because even though it doesn't start up as fast it is much faster in the way I use the web, can be configured the way I want.

    Feel free to ask anything you need, although I am new in these forums and I'm not sure about getting far from the original question. I guess sometimes a new thread should be started.
  14. iChristina thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2008

    1visitor, thank you so much!
    I think your explanations are fantastic!! You do have very imaginable and easy clear explanations. I learned alot, thanks!

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