New iMac today but already need RAM Upgrade?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by eternalvictor, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. eternalvictor macrumors newbie

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    I got my new iMac today and am so far very impressed seeing as it is an upgrade from my 2006 iMac. I just have one question regarding the RAM though as I ordered the base model with 4gb RAM thinking this would do me for now and if I needed to I could always upgrade cheaply enough. I have run the activity monitor the following figures are what I have had since turning it on this afternoon:

    VM Size - 204.44 GB
    Page Ins - 5.42 GB
    Page Outs - 2.5 MB
    Swap Used - 38.7 MB.

    Should this give me cause for concern or should I try resetting the Mac and see if it gets better results when I'm not downloading and installing programmes to get it how I want?

    Or should I just get another 8 GB RAM from Crucial just to be safe against future usage?
     
  2. class77 macrumors 6502a

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    Yea, get 8 more for 12. That should give you oodles
     
  3. halledise macrumors 65816

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    depends on what Apps you're intending to run.

    an additional 4 gb should be enough unless you have $ to burn.
     
  4. Feed Me macrumors 6502a

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    There's no cause for concern there at all. Like. Really, none at all. Page Outs are what you want to keep an eye on - and you have practically none of those.
     
  5. johannnn macrumors 6502a

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    If you have more page outs than page in you can buy some more. You have more than thousand times more page ins...
     
  6. yashi macrumors member

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    I'd almost always drop the $40 to triple your memory to 12 GB. It's just too cheap of an upgrade not to.
     
  7. camardelle macrumors 6502

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    I upgraded my ram in my mbp to 8 and took the ram from the mbp and put it in the imac increasing it to 8. It's better, but I'm thinking an increase to 12 for $45 or so bucks is well spent.

    Am I off the mark. I use my imac for pleasure, not business although I occasionally use imovie for video. I'm not unhappy...but for $45 bucks right?
     
  8. Spike88 macrumors 6502a

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    RAM is low cost these days. With this in mind, I'd upgrade to 12 GBs. re: Installing 2 x 4s GB simms from OWC (or some other place). For the average home user with low memory demands, 8 GBs (4 original + 4 new) is enough. But if doing heavy memory usage in the future, get 2 x 4s now. Thus, having more memory in the future.

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  9. eternalvictor thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well I have found the 8gb memory on Crucial for £36 so think it's worth that minimal investment just to make sure I am covered for whatever I want to use the iMac for in future.
    Was a little annoyed that the Photoshop and Office I had on the old iMac could not be transferred as they were Power PC or something so have had to order new versions of those but other than that I am very impressed with the new iMac at the moment.
     

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