Upgrade RAM or hardrive to speed up Mac?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thriftymac, Mar 24, 2008.

  1. thriftymac macrumors newbie

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    Our G4 Powerbook 1Ghz (firewire 800) with 1GB of RAM (2 512MB chips) can be a bit slow. We get the spinning beach ball when switching applications. My wife and I use it with two user accounts that we switch back and forth from.

    The hard drive is quite full (10 gb of free space). Here's my question - Would it make more sense to upgrade the hard drive or the ram? Space isn't an issue since I can take off some files. The current drive is the original 4200rpm. The apps we normally run are mail, quicken, firefox, iphoto. Sometimes I run photoshop but not too often.

    I'd appreciate your thoughts.
     
  2. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    What's the most that the pb will take? If it will take 2 gig or more for less than an exiorbitant amount, I'd go that way first.

    Another thing to do is get a external fw800 drive and boot from it. Even if it doesn't make much of a difference, you can still use the extra storage on it. Either that, or get a 7200 rpm notebook drive and set your old one up in an external enclosure.
     
  3. thriftymac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks I appreciate it.

    It looks like it takes 2GB and it would be about $120.
    Do you have a favorite place to get RAM?

    I was also thinking about setting up my iMac G5 1.6ghz as a media server for photos and music. So I could free up some space on the book. Have you tried something like this?
     

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