Upgrading RAM in 12" PB

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by RyanF2009, Aug 1, 2007.

  1. RyanF2009 macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Orlando, FL
    Hi guys :) Haven't been around for awhile, but now I'm back with a question.

    I currently have a 1GHz 12" Powerbook G4 (as can be seen in my sig), and I was thinking of possibly upgrading it... I love this little notebook to death and it has served me well for my meager tasks of just checking e-mail, Adium, and browsing the web. However, I'd like a little more power to do a couple extra things like a little lite Photoshop, and maybe a little bit of work in iPhoto with my large collection of photos on my external hard drive.

    My question is, should I bother upgrading my RAM. I currently have the default 256MB that has served me rather well for quite some time for my tasks, and my PC (gasp :eek:) is my primary photo editing/web design machine, but I'd like to be able to move to my primary machine being a Mac :D I have an external monitor that I can attach my 12" to so I have more screen real estate. So I was wondering if I upgrade my ram by another 512MB or 1GB (which would be better?) would I see enough performance increase to actually use this machine as my primary? Or should I give up the thought and just save a little more cash for a MB? (I'm a little tight on cash at the moment, but I have a little set aside that I might be able to afford a MB in a couple months).

    Sorry, that turned into a little long-winded post, but I just wanted to throw everything out there :p
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    If you are using 10.3 or 10.4, definitely get the extra RAM. It will help a lot.
    Will it help enough for you to use it as your primary machine? Only you can answer that.
  3. techlover828 macrumors 68020


    Jun 28, 2007
  4. Wild-Bill macrumors 68030


    Jan 10, 2007
    Go for it. I maxed out the RAM in my 12" Powerbook (to 1.25 gigs) and it was a noticeable improvement. Very noticeable.
  5. RyanF2009 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Orlando, FL
    Okay then, looks like I'll be adding some RAM to my beloved PB. Now, what brand would you guys recommend, and where to buy? :confused:
  6. jackc macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2003
    I've got a 1.33 GHz 12" PB G4, still going strong as my primary machine (although I'm looking to upgrade after Leopard). I've got 768MB RAM, bought it at crucial.com
  7. JohanVild macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2004
    Go for 1GB. It will speed up changing between windows and much more. Reduces the times where the computer will have to use the HD for virtual RAM. Well worth the hundred bucks or so. Will keep it running for quite some time for you.
    Main machine? Why not, if you're not using it for super-intensive tasks. It should have plenty of power to browse through some photo archives.

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