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wicker_man 01-23-2007 07:59 AM

Upgrade RAM or HDD?
 
I currently have a 15" G4 1.33GHz Powerbook with 768MB RAM (512mb + 256mb) and the stock 4200rpm 60GB hard drive.

Anyway I'm thinking about upgrading either the RAM or Hard drive. I can get a 1GB stick of ram (to make 1.5GB) or a 120GB 5400rpm hard drive, each costs about £65.

Which one of these would offer the most performance increase?

Thanks.

(I'm fairly confident in opening up computers and swapping components and have read the ifixit guides to opening up a PowerBook).

yogi 01-23-2007 09:00 AM

The RAM. unless you actually know you will need more than 60GB very soon, I would max out on RAM, because this immenselsy pushes the amount of stuff you can do simultaneously on your Mac, and the whole system just get's smoother.

Reel1 01-23-2007 09:03 AM

Ram would be a much better buy..:bushman:

wicker_man 01-23-2007 09:30 AM

OK thanks.

I've currently got about 6GB free at the moment, but I have an external 200GB firewire drive and space on my Cube for most media.

??? 01-23-2007 09:44 AM

go with the RAM, if you want a better drive get a 7,200rpm.

KoDorSean 01-23-2007 10:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wicker_man (Post 312006)
I currently have a 15" G4 1.33GHz Powerbook with 768MB RAM (512mb + 256mb) and the stock 4200rpm 60GB hard drive.

Anyway I'm thinking about upgrading either the RAM or Hard drive. I can get a 1GB stick of ram (to make 1.5GB) or a 120GB 5400rpm hard drive, each costs about 65.

Which one of these would offer the most performance increase?

Thanks.

(I'm fairly confident in opening up computers and swapping components and have read the ifixit guides to opening up a PowerBook).

You will get more of a performance increase with the RAM in my opinion..

iRye 01-23-2007 10:25 AM

RAM. I even noticed the difference when going from 1 gb to 1.25 gb


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