iMac 24", hom much RAM?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Neo91, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. Neo91 macrumors newbie


    May 12, 2007

    I would like to buy a 24" iMac with Leopard, but Im wondering if 2,4 Ghz and 1 GB Ram enough is. I want to use it for work, video play/convert, photos and (;)Im sorry;)) but also for Windows Vista (just for some Games). Is 1 GB Ram enough for Windows Vista Games? And is it possible to run DirectX10 Games without Prbolems on an iMac with Windows Vista???

    Thank you.

  2. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    1GB is fine, but 2GB is worth it...your Mac will really fly :)
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Buy an extra 2G stick from a third party for $100 or so. Then you will have 3GB and enough RAM to last at least a year or two.
  4. Mundy macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2006
    My personality is such that once I set a new precedent, I can't go back. I had 4 GB of RAM in my Mac Pro, so when I ordered my iMac Core 2 Extreme, I couldn't accept having less than 4 GB. But unless you're constnatly working in apps like Photoshop, Cinema 4D, and Logic, 4 GB might be overkill.

    Just keep in mind that while the performance difference between 4 GB and 2 GB is noticeable, the difference between 2 GB and 1 GB is even more drastic. You definitely want 2 GB of RAM minimum. Beyond that is just icing on the cake.
  5. psonice macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2005
    The mac should get along fine with 1gb, although more is always better (and you'll definitely want more if you're doing anything beyond a bit of web browsing and word processing).

    Vista on the other hand will definitely need more than 1gb, I'd say 2gb is a realistic minimum if you want to actually use it and not just watch it load up. Personally I think XP is a better choice for now, unless you really need vista for something (and I can't think of anything you'd actually NEED vista for!) - perhaps vista will be a bit more 'ready' when service pack 1 comes out.
  6. Mindflux macrumors 68000


    Oct 20, 2007
    For how cheap you can get 4GB of ram for the iMac/MacBook/Powerbook's these days.. well, you figure it out.

  7. seanacy macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2007
    If 1G is not enough, you can always buy an extra 1G... they're quite cheap these days, def. much cheaper than ordering a ram upgrade from applestore.
  8. iKwick7 macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2004
    The Wood of Spots, NJ
    I finally stopped being lazy and ordered a 2gig stick myself- arrives tomorrow, just in time for Leapard. Tomorrow will be a good night, computer-wise.

    1 gig was killing me-I look forward to 3 gigs- I've never had that much (and I do A LOT of serious 3d rendering and photoshop).
  9. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    I bought two 2GB sticks and went to 4GB, but then I run Windows in VM a fair bit so it's nice to be able to give each OS plenty of RAM.
  10. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    Definitely put an extra 1GB in there. If you go for more, remember that matching the memory chips gives you an extra 5% speed boost over mismatched. So although 3GB is good, 2 or 4GB are just that little bit faster :)

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