Need Some Assistance - Extra RAM/VRAM Worth It?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mtschirret, Jan 15, 2007.

  1. mtschirret macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2007
    Hi All:

    I'm getting ready to purchase my first iMac (20"), and am wondering if the 2GB RAM upgrade and ATI Radeon x1600 256MB VRAM upgrades are worth it. I'm not a hardcore user, but will play FPS' on occasion, and like them to run smoothly and at above-average graphics settings.

    Since I'm stuck with the ATI card rather than the superior nVidia 7600, should I spend the extra money on these? I don't do a lot of video editing, etc.; just an average iTunes, gaming, word processing, Internet-surfing user.

    Any help would be appreciated...Thank you!

    Best Regards,

    Michael Tschirret
  2. mac-convert macrumors 6502a


    Nov 2, 2006
    Are we there yet?
    You'll find that the more memory the better. I would suggest the 2GB upgrade above all else that you do. I bought my mac-mini with the standard 512MB and quickly found that the upgrade was in the near future. After I got the 2GB installed, it's a real pleasure to use.
  3. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    I think 1GB will certainly be a noticeable improvement over 512MB. 2GB will, day to day, likely not improve things significantly with most of your programs - but if you can afford it, it'll be worthwhile longer-term.

    I can't speak directly to the VRAM question since I'm not a gamer. A lot of gamers seem to think that more is always better - but I did see a fairly convincing discussion at one point (sorry, forget where) that demonstrated even 128MB was probably not being all used by many FPS games. However, again - if you think you'll hang on to this machine for a while, then the 256MB card will likely perform better for you in the long run.

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