iMac 24", hom much RAM?

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

  1. Neo91 macrumors newbie

    Neo91

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    Hi,:D

    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.

    Bye
     
  2. psychofreak Retired

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

    :D
     
  7. seanacy macrumors newbie

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    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

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    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 601

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    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

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    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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