2GB RAM Vs. 4GB RAM.... Do I need it?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by firstapple, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. firstapple macrumors 6502a

    firstapple

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    OK,

    I know there are tons of threads about this, but I was just wondering if you all think I should upgrade my RAM. I have a brand new 2.2GHz Black MacBook. I don't do video editing, photo editing, nor am I a gamer. At times, my RAM gets up to 70% in use, but I have never seen it higher then that. Since I am not an editor or gamer, would I notice a difference at all between the 2GB I have right now or 4GB I could get from OWC or Crucial?

    I am all for speed, and just sold my MacMini, so I have some extra cash to spend. I am planning on setting up my area so that I run my macbook closed when I am at home, using an external monitor, and obviously portable when in classes. Would the RAM help me out at all, or is there something else I should spend the money on instead, like a good case and marware protector stuff? Do the blackbooks really need a marware protector?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I know you think you're unique but in the end it comes down to can you afford $80 for 4 GB of RAM?

    I sure as heck went with it. In my opinion just get it done and not worry between 2 or 4 GB. You'll hit the hard disk a lot less often as well for a little more battery life.
     
  3. firstapple thread starter macrumors 6502a

    firstapple

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    Are you saying I will get better battery life or worse battery life? Sorry, looks a little confusing the way you posted it... Also, better for the harddrive as well?
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The more RAM you have the less page outs (virtual memory on hard disk) needs to be used.
     
  5. sndcj1 macrumors member

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    page outs

    If you see that you have page outs, you MAY benefit from additional ram. If not, you would see no difference at all.
     
  6. marclapierre13 macrumors 6502a

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    No, you do not need more RAM. You are not doing any intensive tasks, so you will see virtually no improvement. Save your money.
     
  7. Matiek macrumors member

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    I just got 4 gigs for my MBP and I see no improvements, what so ever, just doing normal, browsing the internet, word processor type things. I haven't even seen the battery increases that I was hoping for.

    The only time I do see these performs gains are when I'm rendering video or if I have about three flash videos going while I'm burning a dvd, backing up onto my external hard drive, and downloading something in itunes. Before the 4 gigs it got a bit laggy...
     

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