Is it Necessary?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by cujoca, Nov 5, 2006.

  1. cujoca macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2006
    Do you think it is necessary to upgrade an iMac from 2.16 to 2.33? Do you notice that much of a speed difference? I'm seriously condering buying the 20" iMac with 2gb of ram and am not sure if i should upgrade to 2.33. Any insight would help.
  2. Transeau macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2005
    Alta Loma, CA
    that really depends on what you are doing with it.
    audio / video compression will show some gains, but browsing / email and word processing will be the same. Most testing is showing about 3~10% gains. So if you aren't going to do a lot of really taking stuff, then you should save the money.
  3. cujoca thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2006
    I'll mostly be surfing the web, listening to music, watching movies, word processing. Pretty much the normal stuff! Do you think it is a good idea if I get the 2gb ram though?
  4. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000


    Oct 31, 2005
    Twin Cities, MN
    Skip the speed bump, not noticeable at all, but go with more memory, that would REALLY help.
  5. ero87 macrumors 65816


    Jan 17, 2006
    New York City
    you do NOT need 2 GB of RAM. RAM is very nice, and I hesitate to say this because it makes Macs run much more smoothly, but your needs do not call for 2 GB.

    I'm on a 1 GB machine right now, and I do what you do (plus Garageband, iMovie, iPhoto, all that stuff) and my computer almost never beach balls. And I run about 7 or 8 programs at once always.

    Conclusion: Get a gig of RAM, you'll be totally happy.
  6. cujoca thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2006
    So basically what your saying is stay with the stock 20" iMac and ill be happy for years to come?
  7. extraextra macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2006
    1GB runs everything smoothly. Mine only beachballs on some heavy apps when I have iTunes running, but my iTunes library is somewhat large so that might be why.

    If you ever need more, you can upgrade it yourself, it's not too difficult. If you want to be on the safe side, you can always just order the 2GB one online.

    There will be basically no difference between 2.16/2.33 for the things you're doing.
  8. cujoca thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2006
    i'm pretty much a computer newbie, how hard is it to add RAM really...i was thinking about adding it myself later. How do oyu tell different RAM apart besides the size (obviously). How do you tell which is good and which is not good?
  9. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

    Nov 17, 2004
    The Msp
    The best way to get good RAM is to go through a good dealer, like OWC ( or As far as installing it on the iMac, you just pop out two screws on a little panel on the bottom, and then put in the RAM, put the panel back, and you're done. REALLY easy.

    Here's a guide with pictures:

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