Is 4 GB RAM needed? Or will 2 do?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by faizan, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. faizan macrumors newbie

    faizan

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    Hi,
    I'm about to receive a new Macbook (2.0 Ghz Unibody). I was wondering if I should consider upgrading RAM to 4 GB. Is crucial the best place to buy RAM upgrades?

    I'll only be using Office, Photoshop and Aperture on the Macbook (and maybe some games).

    Thanks?
     
  2. tersono macrumors 68000

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    Depends on what you're doing, but Photoshop is quite memory hungry and 4gb will improve performance noticeably. RAM is cheap these days - worth the investment.

    Crucial is my preferred supplier of RAM - been using them for years (both for personal needs and for work). Never had a problem.
     
  3. Jeremy81 macrumors 6502

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    I just upgraded to 4 GB's. I've noticed a definite difference. Since you are using Photoshop I would recommend it. It's worth the 50-60 bucks in my opinion.
     
  4. faizan thread starter macrumors newbie

    faizan

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    thanks for the info.. I'll order my extra RAM from Crucial!
     
  5. sheepforwheat macrumors newbie

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    Be Careful!

    Do you have the new White Macbook ? If so you might want to check out this thread first, crucial has some RAM on sale on newegg.com that says it is compatible with "all macbooks", but a couple reviewers say that it was not compatible with their new white macbook MB881LL /A with NVIDIA.
     
  6. zotes24 macrumors regular

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  8. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

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    I've been getting my upgrades through macsales.com (OWC) for a number of years and their prices are good and have never had problems. Their customer service is great too. I upgraded my 2.4 MB memory and HD through them and it works great.

    OS X runs well in 2gb RAM but thats the lower edge of good performance and you loose a quarter gb to video on the new MB so the 4gb upgrade is a good purchase particularly if you use programs like Photoshop.
     
  9. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium

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    Best thing you could so is wait till you have the notebook and work on it with the 2 GB in place. Start activity monitor and check RAM usage. If after a few hours of working on it (in Photoshop and Aperture) you're not yet using SWAP, you don't need the memory.
     

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