Can I run a 7GB game on a 4GB RAM iMac?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by niamhmc, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. niamhmc, Nov 18, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2012

    niamhmc macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2012
    So im not the expert on macs, and I have GTA san andreas which is about like 5gb and I have a 4gb memory iMac, and that works fine. I'm now downloading borderlands and thats 7gb, would I be able to run that on my mac? Considering its an extra 2gb worth, I thought I had better ask, in case there was a biiggg difference.

    NOTE: When I say RAM, I mean memory, I'm not sure if they're the same thing.. but I can't seem to change my title :/

  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    You confuse storage capacity (7 GB in your case) with memory (4 GB in your case).

    You can even install an 100 GB application on a computer with 4 GB RAM.

    It is recommended, to have 10 to 20 % of the SSD/HDD's capacity unused.
    The above links also apply to SSDs.

    RAM is short for Random Access Memory, thus the term memory applies for RAM.

    To edit your thread title, just click on the [​IMG] button on the bottom right of your original post and then click the [​IMG] button below your message.
  3. DoctorCrap macrumors regular


    Oct 6, 2012
    Penang, Malaysia
    The old misunderstanding between RAM and HDD.
    RAM: Your computers memory to process files
    HDD: (Hard Disk Drive) Amount of space in available on your computer to store data.

    7GB RAM or 7GB HDD Space? There is a difference
  4. markus843 macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2012
    North america
    Like someone stated, you can install something that is 100gb with even 1gb ram. Ram is basically how much your computer can handle at once. The 7gb in your game basically means how much space it will take up on your HARD DRIVE , not ram.

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