Should I increase the memory in my iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by cosrocket, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. cosrocket macrumors regular

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    I have a mid 2007 iMac running Lion with the 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 2 GB of ram. I'm finding it kind of lagging in speed, sometimes it stutters and it can take a while for it to start up and open programs, nothing unusual for it's specs but I would like it to be faster.

    So my question is would it help to increase the ram to 4GB? I don't do a lot of multi tasking so I'm not sure if adding memory helps in this situation.

    Thanks in advance for the advice.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    To determine if you can benefit from more RAM, launch Activity Monitor and click the System Memory tab at the bottom to check your page outs. Page outs are cumulative since your last restart, so the best way to check is to restart your computer and track page outs under your normal workload (the apps, browser pages and documents you normally would have open). If your page outs are significant (say 1GB or more) under normal use, you may benefit from more RAM. If your page outs are zero or very low during normal use, you probably won't see any performance improvement from adding RAM.

    Mac OS X: Reading system memory usage in Activity Monitor
     
  3. forty2j macrumors 68030

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    Honestly, from your description you should check the health of your HDD.
     
  4. blufire95 macrumors member

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    Memory is cheap and your iMac can handle up to 6GB RAM. It won't slow down your system :D
    I would upgrade it, I love the 12GB RAM in my iMac^^
    But if you want a faster Mac, you have to get a SSD.
     
  5. jackoatmon macrumors 6502a

    jackoatmon

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    Like dude above said, check activity monitor to see if you're capping out (which you almost definitely are). But an easy test ia if you often see th beach ball thingy you prolly need RAM.
     
  6. jvmxtra macrumors 65816

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    I will tell you exactly what you can do

    in order
    1)if you have money, upgrade to latest imac

    2)either
    upgrade memory to max(4 gig max)

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1593

    OR

    SSD

    BUT, w/ such older model(which means all the interface is old and maxing out at 4gig of memory is really not that great jump).
    Bottom line? save up and get a either new imac or build a pc. It's time to get a new machine.
     

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