HD Video and RAM

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by dwd3885, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

    Dec 10, 2004
    So I'm so happy today! I got my refurbished dual 2ghz G5 today and it is GREAT! I am finally back to the mac, no more buying and selling :)

    So it did come with the minimum specs though. So it's got 512mb RAM and the GeForce 5200 64mb video card.

    So my question is, which should I upgrade? THe RAM or the video card? I'd like to play HD 1080p content on it and the Mac requirements states that I need a 128mb video card for that. Is that true?

    I know that RAM is probably what I should upgrade though. I might just get 2 gigs at newegg.

    Thanks for the help
  2. bodeh6 macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2005
    Both. Get a stick of 1GB RAM and an ATI X800.
  3. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2005
    I'm only really here at night.
    max both if you can
    256mb video card + 2GB or more ram

    HD takes ALOT of horsepower on all fronts to work well
  4. dwd3885 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Dec 10, 2004
    Ok, so I ordered 2gigs RAM from newegg and I bought the ATI 9800 Pro from a user at Macnn. I'll let you know how it works out!
  5. Josh396 macrumors 65816


    Oct 16, 2004
    Peoria/Chicago, IL
    Very nicely done. It should be able to handle any HD you through at it.
  6. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    That should work great. I have the dual 2.0 with 2.5GB of RAM with the default Geforce 5200 and it plays the 1080i HD video perfectly. So if you are concerned about HD don't be. Since you did get the 9800 you might as well start gaming on that beast:D . Oh and what brand or RAM did you buy I got Wintec AMPO from Newegg and it worked great. If you bought a different brand let us know how it works, so that more options for cheap memory are open.
  7. dwd3885 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Dec 10, 2004
    I've always used Corsair Value Select RAM. It is very good IMO. 2x1 gig for $140 at newegg. I think I'm going to just notice a HUGE boost when I upgrade to 2.5gigs from 512mb

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