Maxing out RAM - Value for money?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by covisio, Sep 3, 2009.

  1. covisio macrumors 6502

    covisio

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    Hi,
    I currently run a Dual 2.3 GHz PowerPC G5 tower, OS X 10.5.8 with 4.5 GB RAM.
    I'm told that a new machine is out of the question at the moment.:(
    I mostly run Adobe CS 3 Apps (all of them), with a little SketchUp Pro and iWork '09.
    I can get an additional 4 x 1 GB modules for around £125 (approx $200).
    What real-world benefits am I likely to see by maxing out the RAM to 8 GB?
    The only other change I could make AFAIK is to install a faster hard drive - again, how much difference will this make?
    Thanks
     
  2. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    To be honest with you I would not put 200$ into that machine.

    I had one of these PMs with 8GB myself and in most cases it wasn't the RAM that limited the speed of the computer.

    My advise: Sell that thing and get a new Mac Mini. Unless you really need 8GB Ram for your apps, its faster in almost every case.
     
  3. covisio thread starter macrumors 6502

    covisio

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    Okay, thanks. I kind of suspected as much.
    The biggest boost I got with this machine was when I changed the stock graphics card for a Radeon 9800 Pro Special Edition 256, which made a noticeable difference on quite few things, especially SketchUp and certain Finder effects.
    I might try and source a Radeon X800 XT Mac Edition which AFAIK is the fastest graphics card available for this generation of Mac.
    I had a look at the Mac Mini to see how it compares and I can see your point however to get it specced as I'd want it would cost over £600 which is still a fair chunk of money.
     

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