What can I do to make my 2008 iMac run fast again?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Vivara, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. Vivara macrumors newbie

    May 7, 2012
    I have a 24-inch iMac (early 2008) with 2GB RAM, running OS X 10.8.

    What's the cheapest way to get this running fast?

    I always planned to upgrade the RAM to the 6GB option, but never had the money. I know 2GB is pretty pitiful. Or will there be a noticeable difference over 4GB? I run memory intensive apps frequently, so I would be inclined to think so.

    My HDD is a 320GB SATA disk which is in place of the original drive which failed about two years ago. I don't really have an issue with space. Should I just replace the entire drive with an SDD?

    Would this get me running close to a new iMac, or thereabouts?

  2. fastlanephil macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2007
    Max out the RAM with 3rd part memory. This is your best option for a noticeable speed increase.

    A SSD will load applications and files much quicker but it won't generally make your iMac faster.
  3. RedCroissant Suspended

    Aug 13, 2011
    First, backup your data. Then reinstall the OS and see if that does anything for you. After that, upgrade the RAM to the max. You could get a SSD but I don't think that's necessary. I recently upgraded my 2009 iMac with 8GB of RAM and that's all it needed.
  4. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    I upgraded my early 2008 iMac with an SSD last October. Noticeable difference in performance. Though, the obvious thing for the OP is to put in as much RAM as possible.

    The combination of putting 6gb of RAM and an SSD in your iMac will make you :) again. It is a quality resurrection of a 4 year old machine.
  5. Mike in Kansas macrumors 6502a

    Mike in Kansas

    Sep 2, 2008
    Metro Kansas City
    I second this. I did the same thing myself and it's been noticeably faster, particularly in Aperture. I will definitely be able to put off upgrading until 2013, or until the next version of OSX won't be able to be installed on my machine. I'm in my 5th year on this machine, which is better than I was expecting.
  6. canonwire macrumors member


    Jun 25, 2007
    North Carolina
    Honestly, a SSD is the best upgrade available. Boot up time blazes. I have a 2006 24" iMac that is a "kid" computer. I took out the old HD and stuck a SSD in. Boots up quick, gets to apps quick. Just wish I could run Lion on it. It is maxed out at 3g of RAM.

    SSD all the way!
  7. Vivara thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 7, 2012
    Thanks guys!

    Can anyone link me to a reputable site where I can buy the 6GB RAM for my iMac and maybe look at some reasonably priced SSD options?
  8. mmomega macrumors 68030


    Dec 30, 2009
    DFW, TX
    I'd check Newegg, you're looking for 200pin SO DIMM DDR2-800 RAM.

    and a good SSD not sure what size you're looking at....me I don't use much more than 120'ish GB in most of my Macs as I have plenty of external storage for the big files.
    I've been using Corsair Force GT's recently.

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