8GB or 16GB RAM?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by imjoee, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. imjoee macrumors 6502

    imjoee

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    21.5in. iMac, which RAM should I configure with? I want it to last 4-5 years. I do everyday use with my computer.
     
  2. Lobwedgephil macrumors 68030

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  3. thekev macrumors 604

    thekev

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    16 is nice, but it depends on use. The problem is that these upgrades for longevity are often bad investments. Much of the time the amount spent aligns poorly with the extra time granted. There's a reasonable chance of hard drive failure within 5 years, so if you want to keep it that long, you should be comfortable with prying it open.
     
  4. CaptMike macrumors regular

    CaptMike

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    16GB

    forget about opening it up to do it yourself and voiding the warranty
     
  5. Apple Corps macrumors 68030

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    Check your page ins and outs on your current Mac.

    8GB is plenty unless you are using some highly demanding software. As usual - it all depends on what you are doing with your Mac.
     

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