2gb vs 4gb in new aluminum macbook 2.4

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by iSpoody 1243, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. iSpoody 1243 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2008
    Is it really worth getting for what I'm gonna do
    mainly web surfing and word
    occasionally gaming and flash cs3

    also im worried about the no refund policy of the bto macs
  2. mathcolo macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2008
    When I doubled my RAM in my MacBook (2.16 Aug. 07) (1GB to 2GB) it made a HUGE difference. I'd always recommend maxing out your memory. It will help with everything.

    I'd also definitely suggest buying from Crucial.com
  3. iShater macrumors 604


    Aug 13, 2002
    Going from 1 to 2, is not the same as 2 to 4.

    Most likely you do not need more than 2GB. If you bring up your Activity Monitor after a long day of using your computer, take a look at the Memory tab and the Page In bytes. I really doubt you will get that much benefit, so if $ or a BTO option are issues for you, spare yourself the hassle.
  4. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Well, I maxed to 4GB even though I don't actually need it. You never know if down the road you will need those 4GB.

    Me, I always want to be prepared just in case an Memory consuming app ever comes along (that is besides the Vista Pig)
  5. iSpoody 1243 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2008
    thanks you just saved me 200
    plus i also think it is better to wait incase the macbook can take 8gb, so in the future when 8 gb is cheap, i would feel more inclined to upgrade from 2gb to 8gb than 4gb to 8gb
  6. fk51785 macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2008
    South Florida
    keep 2GB. and later when the price of 4GB drops, you can upgrade it.
  7. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.

    I took advantage of the apple ram buyback policy and went from 2 to 4 yesterday. I then downloaded opera for mac.

    It just seems that machines flies through web pages now. Hmmm...guess I'd start with downloading opera, and then seeing about the ram.

    You can upgrade the ram for 150.00 if it's done within two weeks after purchase.
  8. Delta608 macrumors regular


    Mar 24, 2007
    Tampa Bay

    Yes....but you already knew that...
  9. ManhattanPrjct macrumors 6502

    Oct 6, 2008
    I just upgraded the exact same machine from 1GB to 2GB, and I haven't really noticed a difference, but at the same time, I primarily just use the basic programs (Safari, iLife, etc.). Do you think I'll notice a big change?
  10. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
    you will not notice unless you have a large amount of heavy-footprint apps opened at the same time. As said before, the jump from 1-2 is more noticeable than from 2-4. save your money.
  11. skye12 macrumors 65816


    Nov 11, 2006
    Austin, Tx
    No, no, no. Your Mac will run faster with the 4GB.
  12. sangosimo Guest


    Sep 11, 2008
    the ram upgrade is not worth it; If you do heavy multitasking then consider it. Save money and upgrade the ram yourself, and buy your ram from newegg/similar site.
  13. Esner macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2008
    4Gb for statistical analyses

    I'll be using my newly ordered Macbook (soon to arrive) for heavy-duty statistical analyses, using software like R-Project. These types of analyses tend to use large quantities of RAM, so I ordered 4Gb.

    This will save my laptop quite some HD spinning, and me a lot of time.
  14. southerndoc macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2006
    If you plan on running Windows Vista under Parallels or Fusion, then I recommend upgrading. Windows XP can probably get by with the 2 GB, although 4 GB is optimal if you plan to use Mac programs at the same time as you're running the virtualization software.
  15. gyumilly macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2007
    Agree. I haven't updated mine on 2.4GHz alu macbook, but found that even without using anything special, available memory was only 500MB out of 2GB ram. I suppose NVIDIA takes 256MB already and here and there takes memory.

    I just ordered 4GB DDR3 from OWC to run fusion.
  16. steveoh macrumors newbie


    Sep 6, 2007
    crucial.com doesn't have the new aluminum macbook listed. which memory can i purchase?
  17. SpEnCeR132 macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2008
    dont get it BTO, you cant return it it isnt up to your quality standards
    just go to the store and get the mb you want and then get the ram from third party
  18. inflynx macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2007
    Yeh, it does.

    I have just installed a 4Gb memory into my 2.4 aluminum MacBook and I can immediatly see everying working faster. Even Safari fires up instantly.

    I would definitly recomend upgrading RAM.
  19. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2008
    just ordered 4gb of g skill memory from newegg for $130 shipped
  20. orc macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2008
    Just use the System Scanner at www.crucial.com/mac. It will tell you exactly what upgrade options you have. Couldn't be easier.
  21. iSpoody 1243 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2008
    Okay my closest apple store is 2 hours away,
    all the local resellers wont give me a student discount
    so i will be ordering my macbook from the apple store
    what position does this put me in for the return policy
  22. kamo macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2008
    You need 4gb memory if you use it for more than web browsing.

    2gb is a joke. When osx runs out of memory, the whole system slows down to almost a halt. It's ridiculous. And embarrassing.

    Here's a post about my 4gb upgrade: http://soymint.com/node/5
  23. bluesTank macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2008
    With 2 gb, it never slowed down.

    When I upgraded to 4gb, I didn't notice a difference.

    As long as you don't leave a million applications open at the same time, 2gb will be fine. There is no performance boost with 4gb unless you have many windows open at the same time.
  24. mbleopard macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2008
    I have mail, firefox, adium, ical, and a couple other apps running right now and im using about 1gb out of my 2 gb

    The only difference I can see it making a difference is with the gaming and flash, though I use Gimp and it runs well with the 2gb I have.

    If your going to be running windows through fusion or parallels i would definitely suggest the upgrade though
  25. Jeremy81 macrumors 6502

    Dec 17, 2007
    I ordered my MacBook with standard 2gb thinking I wouldn't need 4gb since I planned to use it primarily for browsing etc and my iMac for work. I've started to really notice the difference and regret not ordering 4gb. Planning to upgrade very soon.

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