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MacBook - My Specs! Do i need an upgrade?


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I'm new to the forum and a new Mac User. I recently got a MacBook with the following specs. Could you guys give me your opinion about it? And if i need an upgrade, please say so! Because i dont think i have enough memory... Thanks


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Model: MacBook3,1
Processorspeed: 2 GHz
L2-cache: 4 MB
Memory: 1 GB
Speed: 800 MHz

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Well you have to ask yourself that. It all depends on what you are planning to do with the computer. If you just plan to surf the web, listen to music, maybe watch some movies i dont see the reason to upgrade.

But if you do more productive work and would like some more speed the cheapest would probably to upgrade your RAM.

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I agree with Strukt your usage will determine if you need to do anything. That Mac will take 2 - 200-pin PC2-5300 2 gig chips which will give you the biggest bang for your buck.
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The easiest way to determine if you need more memory is to actually see how much you're using with all your favorite applications open. When you have your normal set of apps open, run Activity Monitor (Applications => Utilities). Click on the System Memory tab and take a look at the pie chart.

If you see plenty of 'green' in the pie chart, you don't need more memory. If the other colors are more dominant, you should consider upgrading. IMO, Crucial.com is the way to go for this - and they ease the process in selecting memory if you use their 'Memory Advisor Tool'.

More detailed information on interpreting the stats in Activity Monitor.

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