RAM for early 2009 iMac?

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  1. icemantx macrumors regular

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    I have an early 2009 iMac 2.93ghz c2d with 4gb RAM and was thinking about upgrading to the max I can of 8gb.

    What I am hoping is it helps improve performance but I am thinking only if I run a lot of apps at once. The areas I see sluggishness are in iTunes, Aperture 3, iMovie and iPhoto. It is not unusable by any means, but more beachball action than I like. Are these programs only really improved by a better processor? Will RAM help if I am not running lot of apps at once?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. archer75 macrumors 65816

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    open activity monitor and look at memory usage while you are running those apps. If you are bumping up against the 4gb of ram that you have you may benefit from adding more.

    Likely it has more to do with loading large libraries from a slow hard drive.
     
  4. negatv1 macrumors 6502

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    RAM is cheap these days. If you think you'll need it or use it, why not?
     
  5. shardey macrumors 6502a

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    I bought an 8gb kit from newegg (4gb*2) and neither of the sticks worked. Just be cautious in what you are buying, and read reviews based upon them. Newegg has a lot of good comments about regular ram vs mac tested ram.
     

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