RAM or Hard Drive?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jbyun04, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. jbyun04 macrumors 6502a

    jbyun04

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    I'm thinking about upgrading one of the two.. either upgrade to 6GB ram or get the Momentus XT hard drive. My brother says I'll notice more of a boost by upgrading the hard drive so I was kind of leaning towards that.

    Also, will there be any problems if I buy one 4GB OWC chip to use with a stock 2GB Apple chip that comes with my MBP?

    Mid 2009 MacBook Pro
    2.8GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo
    4GB Ram (2x2)
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Do you need RAM? It doesn't speed up unless you use it (use RAM intensive apps or multitasking). Check Activity Monitor for RAM usage. HD is the biggest bottleneck so I would upgrade it
     
  3. zmttoxics macrumors 65816

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    The RAM is only going to help if you need it. Open the activity monitor and check to see if you are doing lots of swapping.

    If you already have a 7200RPM drive, moving to the XT isn't going to help all that much either.
     
  4. jbyun04 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    sorry i forgot to mention my uses:

    CS4 - Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver. Usually two are open at the same time
    if not cs4 then,
    Final Cut Studio

    And iTunes + Adium + Mail + Chrome + Firefox will always be running in the backgound as well
     
  5. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Then RAM update would be better as those apps are RAM intensive. Faster HD/SSD only speeds up app launching but not actually the tasks you are doing
     
  6. OWCMichael macrumors newbie

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    The OWC memory you're looking for is:
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/8566D6R3S4GB/

    It is qualified and tested to work in 6GB configurations.

    The other responders are absolutely correct. If choosing between additional RAM or a faster hard drive, check Activity Monitor to see if you're paging out your memory. If you do, then more memory will definitely help.

    If not, then a faster hard drive would be the way to go.

    For the ultimate in speed, you could go with a Solid State Drive:
    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/internal_storage/Mercury_Extreme_SSD_Sandforce
     
  7. jbyun04 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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