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Okay, so my iMac G4 is sluggish to say the least. I know most of this is due to the slow processor, but since that is non upgradeable, and I'm not in any position for a new computer, I suppose a Ram upgrade is the next best thing. I know that a 512 MB stick will fit in each ram slot, and I currently have 256 MB in each slot. I don't really want to crack the entire computer open, so I'm thinking about only upgrading the easy access slot on the bottom to 512 MB. Giving me a grand total of 768 MB of ram. So what kind of ram exactly am I going to need? And how much extra speed is more Ram actually going to offer?
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Okay, so my iMac G4 is sluggish to say the least. I know most of this is due to the slow processor, but since that is non upgradeable, and I'm not in any position for a new computer, I suppose a Ram upgrade is the next best thing. I know that a 512 MB stick will fit in each ram slot, and I currently have 256 MB in each slot. I don't really want to crack the entire computer open, so I'm thinking about only upgrading the easy access slot on the bottom to 512 MB. Giving me a grand total of 768 MB of ram. So what kind of ram exactly am I going to need? And how much extra speed is more Ram actually going to offer?
Go to one of these guys:

OWC
Crucial

...and follow either of their step by step guides to identifying the ram you need.

You didn't mention the OS version you're running (10.2, 10.3, 10.4)...but the:

- newer the OS version the probably the better the performance increase you will see (newer the OS version, the more ram it needs).
- the performance increase would also depend on what programs you're running.
- more ram will allow you to run simultaneous applications more smoothly

But I wouldn't expect miracles...the performance increase may or may not be noticeable...and of course the non-upgradeable cpu & gpu play a big part.

- Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
- Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
- Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
- Apple Battery Info. Battery
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Thanks Nick, I'm running 10.4. I just checked Crucial and my jaw dropped, $74.99 for one 512 MB module? I could probably buy a faster computer for that much!
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Oh well OWC only charges $29.99. That makes me feel better.
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Oh well OWC only charges $29.99. That makes me feel better.
Yes...$29.99 is a price I would have expected...sounds like Crucial is pretty pricey. Of course even $29.99 is sort of expensive for an older computer for 512meg of ram...but it is what it is.

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- Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
- Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
- Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
- Apple Battery Info. Battery
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Yeah, I'll check around and see if I can get a better price somewhere.
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Yeah, I'll check around and see if I can get a better price somewhere.
OWC is pretty much the best (price, return policy, and customer service)...when it comes to new ram.

You could try e-Bay for cheaper used ram. But it can be risky...and I seem to remember you haven't figured out e-Bay yet.

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- Apple Battery Info. Battery
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