MacBook 512MB = Slow

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by robPOD, Sep 2, 2007.

  1. robPOD macrumors 6502

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    Hi All
    I have a 1.83ghz CD macbook with 512mb of ram. I am finding that it is begginning to get really slow i.e (with nothing else running)it will beachball for like 8 seconds before it opens safari, etc. I reformatted a few weeks ago and it seemed to speed things up but now it seems to be back to its slow old self:(. I was wondering if I should upgrade my ram to 1 or 2gb. So I have the following options about upgrading my ram:

    - Buy 2x 512mb Sticks
    - Buy 1x 1gb stick and keep my other 256 stick (Is this advisable?)
    - Or Buy 2x 1gb sticks

    I am only 16 and really want to get a new iPod touch next week (if they are released) but also need to upgrade my ram in my laptop.

    What is this ram like is it of a good quality? Transcend JetRam 200pin DDR2-667 1GB SO-DIMM

    Any thoughts, Thanks?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  3. clevin macrumors G3

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    yea, get a 1Gx1 stick, and total of 1.25GB is good enough for now.
     
  4. robPOD thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I heard that unmatched pairs of ram isn't reccomended?
     
  5. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Unmatched makes only a small difference in speed. More memory is better.
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Only if you're going to be gaming or running something graphically intensive.
     
  7. clevin macrumors G3

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    only if you do alot of graphic card intense work, like games..

    otherwise, you shouldn't notice the difference.

    http://lowendmac.com/musings/07/0525.html

    their conclusion is
     
  8. dollystereo macrumors 6502a

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    Get 1gb, you can get that for around 30USD, patriot ram is cheap and good.
    if you find a deal for 2x1gb take it.
     
  9. robPOD thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thnaks for that I will buy the 1gb stick does any one know if this ram is any good i.e of good qaulity? Transcend JetRam 200pin DDR2-667 1GB SO-DIMM
     
  10. clevin macrumors G3

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  11. robPOD thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks again I have gone ahead and brought the ram
     
  12. briansolomon macrumors 6502

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    Even 768 is a vast improvement. I have 768, had 512, but am upgrading to 2 GB tomorrow. I have a friend who is giving me 2gb for $50. Couldn't pass it up!
     
  13. robPOD thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have just recived and installed the ram and WOW what a difference it makes, no more beachballs:), I will be buying another 1gb stick of ram when I have more money.
     
  14. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    That was fast!

    Glad you like the extra RAM.
     

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