Worth upgrading to 4GB?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Meek Wriggle, Jul 8, 2009.

  1. Meek Wriggle macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2009
    I have a White MacBook which I bought last April so it's currently got 2GB (2.4GHz C2D). I was thinking about whether to upgrade it to 4GB (2x2GB sticks obviously). Is it worth it? Will there be any noticeable improvement? Or better yet, anyone here who's made the upgrade themselves and noticed a difference?
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    The only reason not to buy more RAM is if you can't afford it. DDR2 is ridiculously cheap.
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    You need to tell us what you use your machine for. The default answer is "yes, it will help performance" but the difference may or may not be significant enough to actually warrant the money.
  4. crackbookpro macrumors 65816


    Feb 25, 2009
    Om nom nom nom

    Although, I will go on a limb and say "yes" to 4GB of RAM :rolleyes:
  5. Meek Wriggle thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2009
    Heh, sorry. I use my MacBook for everything basically; programming (XCode, Netbeans, Eclipse and usually the Terminal is open for Perl stuff), music, the internets (I usually have lots of tabs open for all my fave forums, shopping, news and crap like that), DVDs, sometimes a little Photoshop too. Not all at the same time obviously, but most days I have several programs open at the same time while I do various things. My MacBook hasn't struggled memory-wise in the year or so I've had it; it seems to handle multitasking much better than any of the previous Windows boxes I've had during the course of my life no matter how much memory I threw at them. I just thought that with Snow Leopard coming out soon it might be wise to upgrade and perhaps get a little performance boost too.
  6. HappyDude20 macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2008
    Los Angeles, Ca

    I went from 1GB to 4GB and it's amazing!

    Porn plays beautifu- I mean, Hulu movies and YouTube videos play seemlessly and my work flow is extremely smooth.

    I'll never go back to 1GB, 2GB even in today's world.
  7. yoda13 macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2003
    I would do the upgrade if it were mine...it does help a lot...:)
  8. djarsalan2006 macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2009
    New York City
    i have had the same macbook as yours, WhiteBook 2.4 ghz before i got the UMBP :D
    i used it for basically djing, some music prodiction and surfing the internet, i upgraded to 4gb and could not be happier
    so i say DO IT ..LOL
  9. Vulcan macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    For how little it costs, go for it. It helps speed just about everything up.
  10. Kat King123 macrumors regular

    Kat King123

    Jan 3, 2009
    heres a video i made with only 2 gigs of ram
    i had still had 400mb left after opening pretty much every app i had trust me you dont need it unless your running vista in a VM while your using photoshop and watching an HD trailer than you might need:rolleyes: save your money and spend it on a SSD ram wont make a difference in speed
  11. toxictrix macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2009
    I needed more than 2 gigs of ram because I was continuously ripping dvd's while at the same time converting videos to different formats and browsing the web while listening to music. 4 gigs made a huge difference. But, if you aren't experiencing beach balls and slow down like I was, I honestly don't see a point.
  12. Boston Fan macrumors member

    Boston Fan

    Oct 27, 2008
    SE Pennsylvania
  13. -tWv- macrumors 68000


    May 11, 2009
    I have a unibody macbook (late 2008) and I chose to upgrade from 2GB to 4GB and I definitely noticed a difference in things that took a bunch of memory. I run vmware fusion to test different operating systems like windows 7 and also to run my bootcamp partition when I don't want to reboot. When I had 2GB, my bootcamp partition running vista ran very slow with vmware and it also made osx run very slow as well. After I installed the 4gb and allocated more RAM to the vista system, I noticed a very large increase in speed while running vista in vmware. I also now don't have to worry about regular programs being memory hogs because I'm never low on free memory. It was definitely worth the money to upgrade and it really isn't that expensive for 2x2GB RAM sticks. I bought mine from OWC at macsales.com and it has been great.
  14. RDM3 macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2009
    Concordville PA
    YES! It is so cheap to do and so easy, go to newegg.com

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