RAM or Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by drew05, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. drew05 macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2008
    I am planning on purchasing a new iMac this Friday. I am stuck between maxing out the RAM (4 gigs) and purchasing an External HDD. In the foreseeable future I would get more use out of the RAM (Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, games in Boot Camp) but I could also see some possible problems with hard drive space as well. I am planning on getting the 20 inch with the 320 gig hard drive and 2.4 (or is it 2.2?)processor.

    Thanks for any advice!
  2. scr1968 macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2007

    Especially if you are going the external HD route. You can add that easily down the road whenever you want. You will get more bang out our your system if you have more RAM.

  3. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006
    I agree RAM also, but I hope you aren't planning on buying it from Apple.
  4. amanda kathryn macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2008
    ram is so cheap, 4GB is $112 or so from crucial.
  5. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601


    Nov 19, 2007
    Georgia, USA
    I'd go with getting 4GB of RAM. Get the external HD later when you need it.
  6. drew05 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2008
    Thanks for the advice! I was planning on getting it from Crucial. Apple charges almost $800 for the 4 gigs!
  7. jemeinc macrumors 6502a

    Feb 14, 2004
    South Jersey
    if you get the ram now, what are you going to back up with until you get the external? Definitely get the ram if you already have something to back up to- or if you like living dangerously ;-)

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