Do I need to Upgrade to 4gb Ram?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by BrooklynNoise, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. BrooklynNoise macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    I am considering buying a new Macbook Pro

    2.4GHz
    Intel Core 2 Duo
    15-inch widescreen
    320GB hard drive1
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M + 9600M GT with 256MB

    I am trying to decide whether it is worth/necessary to upgrade the RAM to 2 2gb sticks (4gb) from 2 1gb sticks (2gb).

    I am mainly going to use the computer for internet, word processing, iphoto, imovie video editing, itunes,and watching movies/tv shows both on disc and streaming. My current computer has 512mb of SRAM and I get beachballs all the time. Will the 2 1gb RAM sticks be enough for my needs? Will the 4gb RAM only provide incremental speed boost or possibly none at all?
     
  2. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    For what you're doing, 2GB should be more than enough memory. I can do all that (and easily) on my 2.0 GHz MacBook (from 2006) with 2 GB of RAM as well.
     
  3. themanfromvlad macrumors 6502

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    It isn't necessary, but you will appreciate it if you do it. I just bought an iMac that came with 1 GB - and found it was extremely fast and I had no problems doing anything. But then RAM went on sale at my local store - I got 4GB of Kingston RAM for $59! Installed and my imac is a beast.

    So I'd suggest you hang tight with 2 GB, but keep your eye out on a deal for RAM.
     
  4. jbrenn macrumors 6502a

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    you dont need it for what you are doing. i would wait for the price to drop way down then get it. it will help as the machine ages.
     
  5. natebookpro macrumors 6502a

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    For what your doing it really shouldnt make a huge difference. I could easily get away with the 2gb mine came with but with 4gb I can sleep at night knowing its as fast as it can be :D
     
  6. jbrenn macrumors 6502a

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    buzz kill. your computer can support 8 gb
     
  7. BrooklynNoise thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah I just read about the 8gb possibility. Holy crap.

    Thank you everyone for the advice! Based on the suggestions, I think I may just stick with the standard 2 1gb RAM. I was worried mainly for the Imovie stuff because I assumed it would be heavy on the memory, but if I don't need it I would rather save the money.
     
  8. dambro1978 macrumors regular

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    I ordered the same machine you want, with 2 Gb of RAM. I can wait 6 months to see a lowering of the RAM price, then I'll upgrade it and I'll feel that I used better my money.

    No?
     
  9. natebookpro macrumors 6502a

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    Kind of... but there have been issues reported.
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=573906

    definitely overkill for me but I did lose a little sleep when I first started reading the 8gb threads. But for now I have come to terms with my 4gb ;)
     

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