2010 iMac upgrade: RAM or SSD?

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

  1. m0nkeyb0y macrumors member


    Jun 16, 2009
    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

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    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


    Jan 10, 2014
    Sydney, Australia
    I also agree that the SSD would be the most beneficial upgrade.

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