How much RAM would you recommend to run leopard??

Discussion in 'macOS' started by anti-microsoft, Nov 4, 2007.

  1. anti-microsoft macrumors 68000

    Dec 15, 2006
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    I'm running a Revision A, entry model 1.83GHz Core Duo MacBook with a 60GB Hard Drive (soon replaced) and 512MB of RAM.

    For doing daily tasks like email, web-surfing, Word proccesing, Photo editing (nothing big just iPhoto), Listening to music,... I find my MacBook beachballing a lot, and heating up quite a bit too.

    So how much RAM should I install in my MacBook?? Should I Max it out at 2GB??? Should I replace 512 for 1GB?? Would do you recommend?
  2. MadGoat macrumors 65816


    Jul 30, 2007
    I would have to say a minimum of 1 GB , but hell just go for 2.
  3. anti-microsoft thread starter macrumors 68000

    Dec 15, 2006
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Yeah, I think I will!! I think I'll buy of OWC, any other place you recommend for buying RAM??
  4. Maui macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2007
  5. cogsinister macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2006
    Fredericton NB Canada
  6. Samwise592 macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2007
    Long Island, NY

    i just bought 2gbs of G.Skill and its running great. (2x1gb) for $50 bucks.
  7. screensaver400 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2005
  8. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    You know I'd go with OWC. $59 for 2 GBs is a fine price, and they are really good and have really good memory.
  9. email68 macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2007
    Is there a way to tell if you need more?

    For example it takes 10 seconds for iPhoto to open and about 4 seconds to close.

    Today I was doing a Pages layout and the typing on the screen was slow.

    Rendering a DVD menu takes over two hours.

    Will more RAM help these situations?

    I have a 2.16g dual core 2 intel, with currently 1 gig of ram.
  10. anti-microsoft thread starter macrumors 68000

    Dec 15, 2006
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    yes, it will. You have a core 2 duo so you'll be able to o with 3GB of RAM
  11. d wade macrumors 65816

    d wade

    Jun 27, 2006
    Boca Raton, FL
    i just ordered the 2GB upgrade for my mbp intel core duo and i can't wait!

    $64 with tax shipped from
  12. anti-microsoft thread starter macrumors 68000

    Dec 15, 2006
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Yeah I think I'll buy RAM from crucial now, 'cos I looked at the macrumors guide about buying RAM and it says OWC is good for the US amd crucial is good internacionally.
  13. atthecross macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2007
    I bought 4gb from newegg

    I had a freezing problem with my 24" imac (not memory related) but I got a new machine tonite from the apple store and it only has the stock 1gb of memory with leopard and I can tell you it is pretty zippy.

    I have not installed my 4gb yet.

    I have been trying to crash/freeze this machine (long story) but have not been able to I've been running every program I have and installing programs at the same time, running video full screen etc.

    All this to point out that leopard will run fine on 1gb of memory
  14. iQuit macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2005

    Where was I when RAM prices dropped so drastically? Last time I remember 2GB's was $150-$200?
  15. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2005
    I'm only really here at night.

    Shoot, I remember when I got my first G3, 256mb sticks were close to $100 each. But fortunately, about 6 months later, they starting dropping like a rock, and by the end of that year, I grabbed 3 of them for <<$50 :eek:
  16. FireArse macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2004
    This much RAM

    As much as you can afford.
  17. mm1250 macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2007
    RAM has gotten so cheap and fast these days its not even funny! I remember in the late 1990s finding PC-100 RAM was about $1.25 per meg. it would cost around $175 - $200 for 128mb ram chip :(. (And you had to buy them in pairs!!)
  18. ziwi macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2004
    Right back where I started...
    Just go for 2GB. With 1GB and running some apps on a 1.83 C2D I was getting many pageouts with the 2 I have not so far...

    I do have to state that it seems weird to me that same brand Ram offers an Apple and non-apple variety with the Apple ones priced higher. I took the lower priced ones nd it works fine - I think now that everything is all intel based that everything seems to work and if it doesn't it is more likely than not bad ram...once you get it in though you can always test it with rember.
  19. aceducy macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2007
    Well that's really a TIME based problem, rather than say, your application pool.

    For instance, if you wanted to run "Spots" for like 3 days, you'll need about +2GB of RAM for the usual memory leaks. After that, it's an exponential curve that shoots up fairly high. So like 5 days would require 10GB of RAM, and 7 days is off the charts (or a big hard drive for swap).

    Your mileage may vary

    But wait - wait - Apple MBPros use DDR2 memory but doesn't utilize the double rate bus speeds that's been available on bus controllers for like 2 years. Huh? Nah, noone would be that stupid/greedy. Would they do that?

    I just don't seriously believe that. Thinkpads even use DDR2 on the bus clocks, oh heck so do Dell's. I KNOW Apple must do it then. So that does it - all you Apple bashers are just Apple haters is all. All you Apple haters just hate Apple.

    That's all - you just love Microsoft and hate Apple and are hate mongerrrerrs. You wait till I tell the teacher
  20. PatrickC macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2007
    I'm running Leopard on my Powerbook G4 1.5ghz with the measly 512 megs of RAM it came with. Leopard runs very fast with the minimum amount of required RAM. But after this discussion, I decided to order 1 gig from OWC just for the heck of it. So I'll have 1 gig in one slot, and 256 megs in the other. I'm anxious to see what kind of change that will make.
  21. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    2GB at is £34 with free shipping. At that price, getting less than 2GB is nonsense.
  22. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    I paid £70 extra when I bought the MacBook to have 1GB instead of 512MB. Now I've paid £34 for two 1GB sticks, and the two old 512MB sticks are now useless. On the other hand, if I had planned ahead and bought one 1GB chip at that time, the additional cost would have been so much more that I wouldn't have saved anything.
  23. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    Faulty RAM?

    About 16 months ago I upgraded my G4 PB from 512 MB to 1.5 GB using Samsung RAM from Crucial. The about 8 months ago, my computer began to act very funny. Whenever you would close it, it would sleep, but would not awake after re-opening the top. Furthermore, after then trying to just restart, you would just get a black screen. Placing the PB in the freezer (I'm not kidding!) would remedy this problem though. This became very annoying after about 1 week.

    Luckily, I still had my Apple Care and I brought it in. They had to replace the logic board and told me it was due to 3rd party RAM. I warned me about using 3rd party RAM and told me I almost lost my Apple Care coverage.

    Do you think there is any truth to this? Could have the 3rd part Samsung RAM (same as the Apple factory RAM, or so I read) from Crucial pooped out my logic board?

    I don't know, the whole situation was horrible and I never want to re-live that.
  24. electrodeath0 macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2008
    2 gb

    i recently had the same situation, i changed to 1 gb, but performance was horrid, when i swithed to 2 gb, performance was excellent, i suggest going with 2gb
  25. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    you could have done simple test of swapping in your old pre-install RAM to find out.

    RAM kills mainboard? I probably want to see more facts on this before I believe it.

    Anyway, Apple's threat is FUD. There will always be faulty RAMs (Even if we assume they are correct in saying its a RAM problem, which may, or may not be true in the first place). Even if you spend 300% more to buy from apple, they just grab from other RAM makers, you still have that risk of faulty RAMs.

    PS. Always reinsert original RAM before you send it back for repair, so they don't give you may-be-false excuses. Third part RAM probably is the easy target since Im sure they would love to blame anything but themselves whenever possible.

Share This Page