more ram for my macbook.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by florianwagner, Oct 22, 2006.

  1. florianwagner macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2006
    hi fellas.

    about a week ago, my shiny white baby arrived. i did not want to pay apples prices for more memory and just got the 512 rams, thinking i could easily buy cheaper ones and install them.

    well ... there's this apple shop around the corner and i guess i'll be asking them to install the new ram for me.

    the question i got is ... shall i get 2 gigs or 1 gig (and work with 1,250) ... i dunno, but 512 are definately NOT fun. i just want things to work at a decent speed and i know that i use some rosetta apps that may work but i looked at the cpu activity monitor and when starting photoshop or ms word, the processors dont work that much, so i figure it must be the ram. i just cannot work with 512 and i need more but i don't know if working on 1,25 gig are a major difference to working on 2,0.

    ah: i am a student and my mainly used apps are: ms word, powerpoint, adobe photoshop, dreamweaver (all rosetta apps) but i want the os itself to be more stable. even safari sometimes takes its time now ...

    anybody got any suggestions / help for me?

    thanks :)
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    If you're going to be working with photoshop then 2GB is by far a better choice. Photoshop likes RAM and so does Rosetta and then coupled together means that you'll need a lot of RAM. I've got 512MB in an intel iMac and 2GB in my MBP and the difference is substantial. Go with 2GB.
  3. fivetoadsloth macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2006
    yes definatly get 2 gig of ram, photoshop will love it.
  4. florianwagner thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2006
    yeah but i am not a heavy photoshop user. i mainly want the system to run smoother ... i do not need monster-renderings and monster-graphics and i don't really design that big and overloaded stuff... it's mainly about interface designs and photo editing ...
  5. fivetoadsloth macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2006
    youll still be more happy with 2 gigs. things will run smoother, and since not everythingis native yet rosetta will be alot faster with 2 gigs.
  6. florianwagner thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2006
    you really think this 0.75 gigs do the thing? because i can hardly imagine the difference ... you know i just made the switch and on my windows pc 1gig always seemed to be okay for everything, even photoshop.
  7. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Yes - for Photoshop etc. under Rosetta 1 Gb is not enough and 1.25 is marginal. Get the 2 Gb. The issue is that OSX wants about 512 to run smoothly, Rosetta seems to want another 512 and Photoshop itself wants 512 - 1 Gb. Universal Binary programs are happier with 1 Gb than Rosetta programs will ever be.
  8. florianwagner thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2006
    okay i'm still undecided. perhaps it's best to have a sleep over it and then decide :) thanks a lot, guys i think i may be getting the 2 gig.
  9. meepm00pmeep macrumors 6502


    Sep 20, 2006
    the more RAM the better your computers performance will be
  10. MalcolmJID macrumors 6502a

    Nov 1, 2005
    Go for 2Gb.

    Don't forget, with the MacBook, 64MB is gone just for video. I know its not that much, but its still 64mb less RAM.
  11. kalun macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2006
    This statement is wrong.....

    This is ONLY true up to a certain point.
  12. swindmill macrumors 6502a


    Mar 17, 2005
    The decision obviously has to weigh the price of that extra 1 gig stick. Obviously 2 gigs is better, but is 1.25 enough in light of the price of a 1 gig stick? I need to get more RAM for my mom's MB, and I don't think it would be worth the extra $175 or so that it would cost to get 2 gigs rather than 1.25. However, she doesn't use photoshop. Anyways, my point is that $175 is a large jump in cost for a $1100 computer.
  13. Uselessdreamer1 macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2006
    i have a gig on a 1.83 and i can run GIMP awesome. system runs well.

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