2010 iMac upgrade: RAM or SSD?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by m0nkeyb0y, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. m0nkeyb0y macrumors member

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    2010 27 iMac with 8Gb RAM and stock 1Tb HD. I only use about 260 GB of the HD, and most of that is photos and itunes, so I was thinking I could get away with a 240 GB SSD and put the media on an external drive.

    Right now I've got 7.95Gb of RAM used, 14.5GB virtual memory, and aboud 500 MB swap. I don't do photo or video editing, but I do have a need for about 10 different specialized programs running at once that tax both the RAM and HD, split between two monitors.

    Now, assuming I've got the $$ for either a 240Gb SSD OR moving up to 14Gb RAM, what's going to be a bigger bang for the buck, performance-wise?

    It's also possible (I think) that I could go up to 10Gb RAM and still do the SSD...
     
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    The SSD will give the greatest performance boost compared to more RAM.

    Go for the SSD first before upping the RAM.
     
  3. p3ntyne macrumors 6502

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    I also agree that the SSD would be the most beneficial upgrade.
     

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