Macbook RAM?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by applefan69, Jan 28, 2008.

  1. applefan69 macrumors 6502a

    applefan69

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    Alright, im sorta on the fence on this question, hopefully you guys can lead me in the right direction. About 2 months ago i boguht a new Macbook... it's specs are:

    2.0Ghz Core 2 Duo processor

    1GB 667Mhz DDR2 SDRAM.

    My question is, im considering buying another gigabyte of RAM... so I have 2GB's (the maximum my macbook can handle)

    I was perfectly happy wiht 1Gb of RAM to start... and i never thought I'd need 2GB.... but im using Leopard.. i find when first starting up my computer... and havin all my regular programs (iTunes, Adium,Safari,) running, I got about 500Mb free RAM.

    But usually near the end of the day after using my computer for a long time, such as right now being an example of the end of the day here is my RAM situation (from iStat PRO widget)

    Wired: 213MB
    Active: 522MB
    Inactive: 262MB
    Free: 18Mb
    Swap: 433/512MB

    .... so you can see why I feel like im considering more RAM... now not sayin i have preformance issues, i see no slow down... it's just i dont like seeing that i only have 18Mb of free RAM.

    So what do you say I do? If you go with me buying another GB, then what website(s) would you recommend?

    Thanks to anyone who replies.
     
  2. JSchwage macrumors 6502a

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    If you open more apps you will notice the free memory doesn't usually go below the 18 MB mark. I think OS X just utilizes any extra memory for background tasks.
     
  3. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    I believe the Core 2 Duo's can have 3GB of RAM.

    The two big RAM websites are:

    otherworldcomputing.com (my personal favorite)
    crucial.com
     
  4. applefan69 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    applefan69

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    then why is my swap memory so high...?

    some days i see my swap being 712mb/1GB
     

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