3G of Ram uses?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by levitynyc, Sep 8, 2006.

  1. levitynyc macrumors 65816

    Aug 19, 2006
    I was going to buy a new 24" iMac and I was debating if I should splurge on the extra Ram.

    What kinda Apps would require that kind of memory?
    What kinds programs would run better with that much Ram?
  2. NATO macrumors 68000


    Feb 14, 2005
    Northern Ireland
    I have recently upgraded from 2GB to 4GB on my Power Mac G5 as I found with all my usual applications open (MSN Messenger, Safari, Mail, iTunes, Address Book, iCal, Quicktime, Preview, BluePhoneElite etc etc), when I ran apps such as Aperture and Photoshop together, I was noticing a lot of page outs in the activity monitor, and a noticeable decrease in performance.

    However, since upgrading to 4GB, I've noticed that the overall RAM usage is approx 3GB, so I still have some more in reserve just in case.

    If you're goin to be keeping a lot of apps open at any one time and you're using quite resource hungry apps such as Photoshop/Aperture, then an upgrade to 3GB would be a worthy one, for most users however 2GB is more than enough.

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