Just got my new iBook! Ram question...

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by TodVader, Oct 29, 2005.

  1. TodVader macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2005
    Quebec, Canada
    I just got my new 12'' G4 iBook. I love the look and feel of the computer.

    Once thing ive noticed is that its clealy missing some RAM for multitasking and all. (it gets buggy really fast at 512mb and I understand that)

    heres what im wondering:
    Is it worth it to max the laptop at 1.5G or is 1gig (another 512MB) enough?

    What Will I see in difference between the 2?

    Heres what I want to do :

    -Dreamweaver and some minor photoshop,
    -some games (ex: Halo, RTCW:ET, Starcraft, ETC) (Mostly online)


    p.s. I know you like pics of brand new mac so I will post a pic of my setup later today :p
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Get the full 1.5GB if budget allows. Remember that it'll be much more expensive to upgrade from 1GB to 1.5GB later and based on what you're using it for, you'll be wanting as much RAM as possible. :)
  3. VanMac macrumors 6502a


    May 26, 2005
    Rampaging Tokyo
    Get the full 1.5GB as mentioned by mad_jew.

    I did, and very happy. Not a big cost, and really speeds things along.
  4. FocusAndEarnIt macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    I got 1.5GB in my iBook G4 and couldn't be happier ;)

    Crucial is the best. ;)

  5. tom_s macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2005
    I have an iBook with 640 MB of RAM and I wish i could add some more.
    The 1 GB modules are only 40 $ more - you won't regret it.
  6. maya macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2004
    somewhere between here and there.
    I hate you, iBook RAM is selling for $40 USD. :(

    When I bought a 1gig DIMM it cost me 5 times as much about a year ago. :eek: :mad:
  7. TodVader thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2005
    Quebec, Canada
    the only 1Gig modules I see are over 100$ and the 512mb sticks are under 40$.

    I dont know what to do but the computer definitly needs more memory thats for sure. I max that 512mb with ease.
  8. shadowmoses macrumors 68000


    Mar 6, 2005
    I upgraded my iBook's ram to 1gb this was becuase for what i am using it for i couldnt justify paying more than double what i did for a 512mb stick for a 1gb stick, anyway my iBook runs pretty sweetly with 1gb, and can handle most i throw at it..

    At the end of the day its your choice of how much RAm you wanna upgrade to, but it will largely depend on how much you want to spend,

  9. jadekitty24 macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2005
    The poor section of Connecticut
    I have a question concerning ram as well. Is there a minimum of "unused ram" you should have? I know you should have around 8 gb's on your hard-drive free, I wonder if the same applies to ram.
  10. TodVader thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2005
    Quebec, Canada
    yeah the price is my issue too.

    I COULD afford a 1Gig stick but am wondering if paying more than double the price of a 512Stick is really worth it.

    Knowing myself, If I buy a 512Stick, Ill end up saying what if...

    I really dont know what I should do :confused:
  11. slooksterPSV macrumors 68040


    Apr 17, 2004
    RAM is RAM you use it no matter what. It doesn't matter, cause it all gets flushed anyways. As for free RAM, if you plan on using a program that takes a lot, you may want to quit a program you're not using to free up some so you can run that program a bit more effortlessly. As for should you have a certain amount free? Nope, when RAM fills you just use HD space (that's where the 15% comes in a lot of the time that most say you should have free). If you run out of RAM though, just upgrade to more. Things will be smoother and run faster.

    To answer the original posters question:
    Gaming is a big yes on upgrading RAM. Some games will leave textures loaded so that it doesn't have to reload them each time you hit a different level/part of a level. But if you don't have enough it'll flush/free those textures, then you may do more wear on the harddrive just loading them up. RAM is a good way to put ease your hard drive. I say go with the 1 GB. You never know when you'll need those the extra 512MB or 1GB.
  12. tom_s macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2005
    You are right - it was the wrong type of RAM I was looking at. So the gap is more like $80. I would still buy 1 GB.

    When I bought my iBook I was in the same situation you are in now (but with 512 vs. 256 MB) and I'm happy I bought the bigger module.

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