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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 10:43 pm    Post subject: RAM Reply with quote

I ordered a 1.42 GHz 80Gb one and got it upgraded to 1.5. I have one question though. Is 512MB of RAM enough. I will only be using it for aim, some word documents (although I'll delete the worthless ones) (about 5-15 on computer @ a time), safari, and itunes with about 500 songs or less. I wouldn't install anything like adium or norton anti (unless I had to). I would keep it the same. I would also have about 50 pictures. Is 512MB enough RAM? I already have the computer, is it too late to upgrade if needed.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can always upgrade it. By either taking it to an Apple store or doing it yourself. If you have even the slightest hardware experience the upgrade is a breeze.

I am not a Mac "Power User" and I find 512 comfortable. I got the 1.25/256 mini back in April and 256MB was definately not enough. I don't use any memory intensive applications. I do basic web browsing, documentation management and listen to a little music. I am content with 512. OSX is a RAM hungry OS. Start adding a bunch of applications on top of that and you might notice some problems. I don't, and it doesnt sound like you will be either, use these RAM munching programs.

The bottom line is, try it out for a week or so. If you don't like, upgrade. Hope that helps.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 11:45 am    Post subject: Re: RAM Reply with quote

AJagor92 wrote:
I ordered a 1.42 GHz 80Gb one and got it upgraded to 1.5. I have one question though. Is 512MB of RAM enough. I will only be using it for aim, some word documents (although I'll delete the worthless ones) (about 5-15 on computer @ a time), safari, and itunes with about 500 songs or less. I wouldn't install anything like adium or norton anti (unless I had to). I would keep it the same. I would also have about 50 pictures. Is 512MB enough RAM? I already have the computer, is it too late to upgrade if needed.


Based on your needs, I would say 512 would be fine. As already mentioned, you can always upgrade to 1GB later if you really feel the need. I have 1GB but also play around with iMovie and iDVD quite a bit.

If you constantly get beachballs while trying to do things, I would recommend checking your memory utilization to determine how much RAM you are using. I am constantly going over 512, but again I am doing a little more than you are.
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