Should I go for 8GBs of RAM, or stick with the 4GB?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by EliteF50, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. EliteF50 macrumors regular

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    Hi, I'm new here, and can't wait to buy my first Mac computer. I'm thinking of buying the 21.5" Mac, and can't decide whether or not I should upgrade to 8GBs of RAM.

    Do you guys think it's worth it? Will I notice a big difference?
     
  2. robotkiller macrumors 6502

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    I've never regretted getting the largest screen, biggest hard drive and most memory that I can afford.

    The answer is yes.
     
  3. mattwolfmatt macrumors 65816

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    Do you also drive a Porsche and take private jets everywhere? Because those are better experiences, also, than what normal people need.

    The last I checked (30 seconds ago), 4GB of RAM at OWC is $88. 8GB of RAM is $475.

    Unless you are doing serious video editing or something else RAM-hogging, the 8GB of RAM is overkill. It may save you two minutes of waiting in the next 5 years you own computer.
     
  4. EliteF50 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay, thanks for the help. I'll just get the 4GB.
     
  5. pukifloyd macrumors 6502a

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    +1...even 2gb is enough for some people:rolleyes:

    i doubt you'll use more than 4 gb...if you do then you can always upgrade it yourself:cool:
     
  6. robotkiller macrumors 6502

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    Stock configuration iMac comes with 4gb installed. An additional 2x2Gb kit from OWC is $87.00 for a grand total of 8gb. Your numbers are way off.
     
  7. mtnDewFTW macrumors 6502a

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    I've never had any kind of need to upgrade to more than 4GB.
    It's actually kind of a waste of money, UNLESS you're a professional or going to college to become a video/3D graphics editor, and really need all the RAM you could get.

    If it that isn't the case, 4GB should be more than enough for you, sir.
     
  8. richprice macrumors member

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    I have 4gb of ram and snow leopard and with 2 safari windows, mail, iphoto, itunes, pages and numbers all running I have 2.12 gb of ram free.:cool:
     
  9. zrankin macrumors member

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    I have 8 installed and it's kinda like money ... The more u have, the more u end up spending... I now catch myself never closing programs and I also run parallels and allocate 3gbs to windows 7 alone
    plus I already had the extra ram from my mini I sold... I bought that ram from newegg for $62.49 (crucial) I recommend Everyone should check newegg daily for the good deals
     
  10. polterdice macrumors newbie

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    Are you comparing 4GB vs 8GB to a Ford vs Porsche?

    There's 4 ram slots and it comes with 2x2MB. OWC sells 2x2MB for $88 so I'd just throw in 2 more sticks for $88 to make it 4x2MB. Unless you were thinking 2x4MB to make the 8MB of ram which would be silly, since ram is known to drop (plunge rather) in price.
     
  11. mendocino macrumors newbie

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    Whoah. 8MB of RAM? Have I returned to 1994? :eek:

    No way would you want to spend $475 to upgrade your RAM.

    4GB is plenty, unless you're some uber multi-power user :cool:
     
  12. liketom macrumors 601

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    i remember when Win 95 run on 8Mb of ram

    4GB now and 8GB later when it's dirt cheap - easy !!
     
  13. 300D macrumors 65816

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    Yes. Get 4 now and upgrade next year. By then, 4gb sticks will be about 1/2 as much and you'll 12gb for the cost of today's 8gb.

    5.5gb was ample for me, I only upgraded to 9gb to have a ram disk large enough to hold some HD video.
     
  14. robotkiller macrumors 6502

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    $87 to upgrade to 8GB on a new iMac. Not $475. And you would be surprised how easy it is to use up RAM on these machines. I have 3gb currently on my imac and with multiple Safari windows, Itunes and my RAW editor, I frequently use most of it up.
     

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