Need some advice

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by r.d, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. r.d macrumors member

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    Hi. I need some advice about upgrading/changing my computers.

    I current have an iMac 20" (the latest white iMac model before the aluminum ones) and I also have a MacBook 13".

    iMac:
    2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    250GB hard drive
    1GB RAM
    20" screen
    Purchased: May 2007

    MacBook:
    1.83GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    60GB hard drive
    512MB RAM
    13" screen
    Purchased: January 2007

    My iMac is my main computer which I use every day. My MacBook, however, is just my backup computer which I use only when I need a computer outside of home or when I'm on vacations, which is very rarely. I use it like once a week max to use it around the house with WiFi. Ever since I bought my iMac, it has this lagging/pausing problem, which I read on Apple's forums that many users are experiencing, even with the aluminum iMacs. I must say that my old iMac G5 was a lot better than the Intel one. My MacBook runs a lot better than my iMac but I just don't use really use it because the hard drive is too small for my needs.

    All I'm really looking for in a computer is that it is fast and responds instantly to my commands. I always have Mail, Safari, iTunes, and MSN open. But I often use programs like iPhoto, Pages, and LimeWire and they are quite laggy on my iMac. So I was thinking of maybe selling both computers to get enough money for a refurbished 17" MacBook Pro and get at least 2GB of RAM. I'm considering this since I find it pointless for my MacBook to just sit on my desk and be barely used and keeping files in sync between both computers is a hassle too.

    Do you think this is a good idea? Or is there a better solution out there for me? Thanks for your help.
     
  2. superleccy macrumors 6502a

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    Get new machines if you want to.

    But personally I'd max out the RAM on what you already have.

    SL
     
  3. clevin macrumors G3

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    MBP won't do you any good, just max out your memory on current machines.
     
  4. scienide09 macrumors 65816

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    +1 vote for more RAM. In the iMac for sure, if that's your main computer.
     
  5. r.d thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, I was thinking of adding more RAM as well.

    How much does the iMac support up to? I think it's 4GB, but correct me if I'm wrong. Would have to get 2 x 2GB RAM chips in that case?

    And then I can put the iMac's RAM in the MacBook!
     
  6. clevin macrumors G3

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    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=303084
     
  7. r.d thread starter macrumors member

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  8. superleccy macrumors 6502a

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    Santa Rosa based Macs (the current generation of iMacs, MBs and MBPs) will read 4MB.

    SL
     
  9. clevin macrumors G3

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  10. r.d thread starter macrumors member

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    But the poster above said Late 2006 models only support 3GB and when I looked up my serial on the Apple website, it says my computer is a Late 2006:

    iMac (20-inch Late 2006)
    Serial #:W8712******
    Limited Warranty
    Canada

    And yes, it is Core 2 Duo. So it is 4GB after all?
     
  11. superleccy macrumors 6502a

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    Wrong, sorry celvin. For reasons already posted. 3GB max for the OP's iMac.

    If you're still uncertain, check out Crucial's memory advisor tool. (Okay so they're aren't right about everything but they're right this time).

    SL
     
  12. clevin macrumors G3

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    sorry, Im confused about everything now, I m not following iMac line very closely, take superleccy's advice, or check official documents. don't take my words for it. :eek:
     
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  14. clevin macrumors G3

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  15. r.d thread starter macrumors member

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    I live in Canada so that was the Canadian TigerDirect website. Although, the prices should be more or less the same now because of the exchange rate.

    $99.99 USD = $102.89 CAD

    I guess I will be doing some negotiating at the store haha....
     
  16. clevin macrumors G3

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    oh, i just noticed Dow is down 307 points today!

    Sigh, consider we saw UFO couple of days ago,

    Its definitely end of the world! :D
     

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