Do I really need more RAM for my 12" PB?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by soccerfan, Jul 14, 2004.

  1. soccerfan macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2002
    I'm on a tight budget and trying to decide where to spend my $$.

    OK, I KNOW that it's always a good idea, blah, blah..... but....

    How essential is updgrading from 256MB to say 512MB of RAM on the PB 12"??

    Does it affect the actual OS performance?

    I'll be doing mostly web design, basic image manipulation, Office, Flash, and perhaps GarageBand...
  2. tvbi macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2004
    I felt the difference when I upgrade to 768MB.. don't know about 512MB.. but the Powerbook seem a little slow with just 256MB. A 512MB module just cost $80 from newegg :p
  3. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    256MB will not cut it, get another 256MB if that's all you can afford, but if you can stretch to it, grab another 512MB ( ;)).
  4. stevehaslip macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2004
    The Ocean Floor
    basically, you will just wait less to get things done. you will also be able to have more apps or files open at once, without any lag or loss in performance. in short it will save you time and enable you to be more productive. 512 isnt that expensive anymore. ;)
  5. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040


    Apr 21, 2003
    washington dc
    exactly... i upgraded all of my computers that were running OSX and it made a HUGE difference. don't you need a minimum of 128 just to run OSX by itself...? (or something like that)
  6. CramSoup macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2004
    Is anyone using kingston ram in their PB? If so, is it as quality as crutial?
  7. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    There is a program called "Do I Need More Memory?". You run the program while doing your normal tasks. It will take and tell you how much memory your need and what performance increase you'll see by adding that amount of RAM.

    I foound out about after getting my 1gb simm from OWC, but the program did give me peace of mind that for my needs having 1.2gb was the right way of going.
  8. condor macrumors member

    Feb 17, 2004
    Which RAM module is it at Newegg that works in the PB 12" that is $80? They don't seem to have it searchable by computer type and I am not sure what kind of memory it takes. Is their memory known to be dependable?
  9. tvbi macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2004
    use Advanced Search and pick Kingmax as the manufacturer and PC2700 for the speed. Some people think non famous brand memory are crap.. but I'm using a 1GB module of Kingmax RAM from newegg for like 2 weeks now (12 days uptime and still going) without a broblem.

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