Best upgrade for my iMac ?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MichaelJP, Nov 2, 2014.

  1. MichaelJP macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2014
    Hi, new to this site. I have an iMac (all white) from 2006 with the following specs: iMac5,1 ; 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo; 1 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM; L2 Cache 4 MB ; Storage capacity 319.73 GB, available 228.39 GB. Currently running Snow Leopard 10.6.8.

    Just ordered 4 GB memory from OWC, will install once received. I understand my iMac's capacity is 3GB, but also read that going with two 2GB drives is better than a 2GB and 1GB, and might actually give a little more than 3GB.

    Once I do this (hopefully successfully) I would be interested in upgrading the OS. Given my limitations, should I go to Lion, Mountain Lion, or even Yosemite? I saw where Yosemite requires 2 GB, so I'll have that - but guess I'm looking for the best combination of newer OS / performance given my limited memory.

    I don't run too much on my computer, basically light word processing and internet - not much streaming / downloading right now, although streaming may increase at some point. Thanks a lot for any suggestions !
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    I have the last version of the "White" Intel iMac that is very close to what you have.

    OS 10.7 "Lion" is the last OS you can run "officially" on that one. (Aside: there are hacks posted here on macrumors that might enable you to load up Mountain Lion, but probably not worth the trouble).

    To be honest, I wouldn't put too much money into that particular computer (upgrading the RAM is ok). For what you spend, it might be time to start thinking about something new (or at least, "newer").

    Having said that, I use my iMac for audio stuff (streaming, home studio, etc.) and it still runs pretty good, considering its age...
  3. MichaelJP thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2014
    Thanks, and yes, aside from RAM not going to go crazy with this PC. Just looking to see how much I can improve performance with more memory and (maybe) different operating system. From the app store it does appear that I might be able to officially upgrade to Yosemite - it specifically references "10.6.8 or later". If not, is there a way to upgrade to Lion for free ?

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