Tweaking a 2008 iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by CoMoMacUser, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. CoMoMacUser macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2012
    I've got an early 2008 iMac that I'd like to keep using until the new Minis come out. It's running a 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, and I doubled the RAM to 4GB about a year ago, which reduced the beach ball appearances quite a bit -- until Mavericks. The HD has about 45 GB left.

    I'm looking for any tips for improving performance with a machine of this vintage. I usually have Outlook, Word, Skype and a browser going simultaneously.

  2. fig macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2012
    Austin, TX
    Swap out the drive for an SSD.

    If you've had the machine for 4+ years you should replace the hard drive anyway, and putting in an SSD will give you a really nice perceived speed bump for day to day tasks. I did the same to my late '06 iMac a while back and the difference was impressive.

    It's a pain though, ifixit has some good guides on how to do it.

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