So I was thinking of giving my daughter's family a new Mac for Christmas, but this just wasn't the right time financially. Their old machine is an iMac7,1 Core2 Duo 2.0 ghz with 2gb RAM running 10.5.8. I got a copy of 10.6 from the Apple Store and my Son in Law installed it today - he reports that the machine already feels faster (also gave them an external disk and he archived a lot of stuff there - the internal 250GB drive was down to only 2gb free space! So does it make sense to go any further than 10.6 on this old machine? I don't think it's worth spending "real money" to upgrade anything. Looks like we could upgrade RAM to 4GB for about $60 - that might be worth considering. But a 6gb upgrade is over $100 and I don't think that's worth it. They just do really basic home stuff with that machine and are happy that 10.6 gives them the app store for games for their 4 year old daughter. So within a year, this machine is due for replacement regardless. Our inclination is to just leave it at 10.6 but I'd be interested in any other experiences. Is a 2GB machine workable with Mavericks?