how much RAM

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by stillboarding, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. stillboarding macrumors newbie

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    I am looking at the 15" 2.66 Ghz i7 MacBook Pro 500 GB Serial ATA drive @7200rpm Hi-Res Antiglare. I am wondering if I should upgrade to 8 GB. Is it worth it for $400 extra?
    I know you're going to ask what I do with my mac. Well, photos, mostly. But a laptop is ALL I own. Should I go all out and get everything high end or wait on the RAM? That's my only other decision left before ordering it.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    What do you mean you "do photos" ? That's not very helpful.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Try with 4GB and keep your eye on Activity Monitor and if your RAM usage is above 75% most of the time, 8GB might be worth it
     
  4. macgeek18 macrumors 68000

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    8GB would be worth it if your going to be running like a Windows 7 VM with like 3-4GB dedicated so it runs really well. :)
    But other wise,4GB should be enough,I'm a major multi-tasker living on 2GB and so far I'm ok.
    I need 4GB way soon though.
    2GB is not enough for OSX and a Windows xp Pro,I've tried.A better virtual machine like VMWare Fusion would be nice as well.
     
  5. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    I would say that 4GB should be enough as well. Most things that require more RAM than that shouldn't be done on a laptop to begin with. But again, it depends on exactly what you are doing. If you are dealing with really large, multi-layered Photoshop documents, then you might see some benefit, but for most photo editing, 4 should be enough
     

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