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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 6:42 pm    Post subject: Mixing Ram? Reply with quote

I'll be getting my new Mac mini 2.3 GHz at the end of January finally. I'm on a tight budget & I wanted to know if it was okay to get a 4 GB stick, and just keep a 1 GB in a new Mac mini for a total of 5 GB. Would this be okay or will this hurt my new machine? I have read a few message boards that mixing is a bad idea, while others say it doesn't matter.

Which one am I suppose to listen to? Or should I wait to get 2x4 GB sticks for a total of 8 GB. Right now I run Linux on a PC, I wiped Windows completely off my PC. I have 3 Gb total and it does the job beautifully. Here is what I do on my computer daily: Workspace 1-Firefox with about 3-5 tabs open all day long, and Nautilus (Finder in Mac OS X) Workspace 2-Thunderbird open all day long. Workspace 3- Gimp all day long.

Here are my readings from my System Monitor (Activity Monitor in Mac OS X)
Linux does a good job of resource management.



Firefox-129.6 MiB
Nautilus- 26.1 MiB
Thunderbird- 26.9 MiB
Gimp- 101.6 MiB

I wonder if I could get by with just 2 GB of ram for a month until I can get 8 GB. I want to use the ram from Ramjet, I know they are more expensive, but I don't want any cheap after market Ram that will cause a Kernel Panic. So with my computing habits could I get by with just 2 GB for a month?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are not going to "hurt" the system with a 1GB 4GB combo and 5GB mismatched is certainly better than 2GB.

I'd run the mini for a month with 2GB and get 2 4GB chips at the same time. It's hardly worth your while to upgrade 2X in a month and go through the time and effort of sourcing the RAM 2X.

That is a tight budget you have 2X 4GB is hardly more that 1X 4GB.

I suggest you wait or stretch your budget by ~$25 and do it all at once.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Bandit Bill for the advice, I'm going to wait a month to get 8 GB of ram.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

iMac mini wrote:
Thanks Bandit Bill for the advice, I'm going to wait a month to get 8 GB of ram.


It will make you appreciate the upgrade all that much more when you get it.

Back in 2005, I ran with 256mb of RAM for 6 months, before upgrading to 1GB Smile I really appreciated the upgrade.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 3:27 am    Post subject: Bandit Bill's Advice on RAM Reply with quote

Bandit Bill always give great advice.
Listen to him and don't WAIST your
time on those other sites.

You'll learn!!!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

iMac mini wrote:
Thanks Bandit Bill for the advice, I'm going to wait a month to get 8 GB of ram.


buying your ram from ramjet is your choice and your money. I have used more then 100 sticks of this ram.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231342


I buy and upgrade mac minis then sell them. This ram works, but you can pay 99.99 at ramjet if you want.


http://www.ramjet.com/ItemDescription.asp?Item=MMIA8G



Frankly ramjet overcharges and their ram is not higher quality in this case.

If you were talking about the 2010 mac mini which was very particular about the ram it likes I would say use

samsung. The 2011 mini really works with just about any ram. I sell on ebay. Look my name up and see all the

minis I sold.





http://myworld.ebay.com/philipma1957/?_trksid=p4340.l2559


this is my page you can see my feedback and all the minis sold to different buyers. I just hate to see you pay 99.99 for quality that does not really exist in this particular case. Paying the 39.99 is really correct. There are a lot of cases that paying more is good not this case.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:17 am    Post subject: Re: Bandit Bill's Advice on RAM Reply with quote

billb wrote:
Bandit Bill always give great advice.
Listen to him and don't WAIST your
time on those other sites.

You'll learn!!!

Philip to!!!



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:56 am    Post subject: Re: Bandit Bill's Advice on RAM Reply with quote

billb wrote:
billb wrote:
Bandit Bill always give great advice.
Listen to him and don't WAIST your
time on those other sites.

You'll learn!!!

Philip to!!!



Who have I missed?


Thanks billb.

I agree that Phillip gives great advice (you do too). I turn to Phil when I need advice. We definitely have different mind sets though. Phil tends to lean towards cutting edge and I'm more old school and conservative, but that's what makes the world go around.

I'd buy a used computer or an entry level model and use it for 2-3 years, then buy another one and do the same. Phil would buy the top of the line, modify it 2 days later and then sell it 2 months later for a profit Smile

That's what makes this site interesting. We have members that are novices, as well as seasoned techie types. We respect one another and get along.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 1:48 pm    Post subject: philips the MAN Reply with quote

Yah BB, i respect philip a lot. i'm always
eMailing him for advice and he's never
failed me. i like it when he sells his mod's
and hack's. I'm still using a SansDigital
dual hard drive enclosure that philip made
for me. Its running two 600 GB VelociRaptors
in RAID-0. Can you say SUPER FAST?
Can you say SUPER HOT? philip hacked in a
more efficient fan, can you say NOT super hot?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

billb you still using that sans digital? that was a nice piece of gear. this is my new speed demon;


http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1280118
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 4:26 am    Post subject: SansDigital RAID-0 Clone Reply with quote

Yes philip, still using the SansDigital RAID-0.
When I update a clone using it with the Samsung
SSD its all done in under one minute. Its amazing
whats happened in just a few years.

I'll end up replacing your SansDigital with a
Thunderbolt-Lightpeak external enclosure
when they become more readily available.
I'm in no hurry though, no need.

That SansDigital enclosure is one extraordinarily
made enclosure. I just don't need to RAID two
SSD's like you, OH MY!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have two for sale here in Classifieds (link bellow), I by mistake purchase two set but I just need one. These are from OWC.

http://www.123macmini.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=29921
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