New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Switcher Hangout The place for switchers to discuss their new machines, and how to work with OS X. General support can be had here for newbie stuff, like "How do I restart my new iMac?" :)

???? re: switching to IMAC


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
anderson

 
Member Since: Nov 04, 2006
Posts: 11
anderson is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: 24" Imac, Intel Core 2 Duo 2.16GHz, 1GB RAM, 250GB HD.

anderson is offline
Hi,

I've been a long time PC user and after a good while lurking here and reading all the encouraging posts I've decided to make the plunge. I am looking at purchasing the 24 inch imac with no other upgrades other than the Apple Care protection plan.

What I would like to know is if I will be okay with the 1gig memory or if I should upgrade. I guess my main concern is that when the new Leopard OS becomes available will the machine run it without additional memory. Otherwise I plan to use the imac for surfing the web, downloading music/videos from itunes, watching videos, some basic home productivity (Quicken, word processing, basic spread sheets, maintaining home digital photo collection) I'm really not into any gaming or any intense video editing, etc.

Any comments will be appreciated.
QUOTE Thanks
Zoolook

 
Zoolook's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 24, 2006
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Posts: 2,751
Zoolook has much to be proud ofZoolook has much to be proud ofZoolook has much to be proud ofZoolook has much to be proud ofZoolook has much to be proud ofZoolook has much to be proud ofZoolook has much to be proud ofZoolook has much to be proud ofZoolook has much to be proud of
Mac Specs: 15" MacBook Pro, i7 2.66Ghz, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD; iPad 3, iPhone 5

Zoolook is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by anderson View Post
Hi,

I've been a long time PC user and after a good while lurking here and reading all the encouraging posts I've decided to make the plunge. I am looking at purchasing the 24 inch imac with no other upgrades other than the Apple Care protection plan.

What I would like to know is if I will be okay with the 1gig memory or if I should upgrade. I guess my main concern is that when the new Leopard OS becomes available will the machine run it without additional memory. Otherwise I plan to use the imac for surfing the web, downloading music/videos from itunes, watching videos, some basic home productivity (Quicken, word processing, basic spread sheets, maintaining home digital photo collection) I'm really not into any gaming or any intense video editing, etc.

Any comments will be appreciated.
More memory is always better, that's it. The question is about balancing investment with how much things will improve.

Using iPhoto gobbles up RAM like a stray dog in a butcher's shop, especially if like me you have thousands of photographs. Also, if you use Office 2004 on an intel machine, it's fairly RAM hungry.

I'd go for 2 gigs and yes it's likely that Leopard will benefit even more from having extra RAM than Tiger... not that you have to upgrade of course! :alien:

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is stoned to death.
- Joan D. Vinge

QUOTE Thanks
anderson

 
Member Since: Nov 04, 2006
Posts: 11
anderson is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: 24" Imac, Intel Core 2 Duo 2.16GHz, 1GB RAM, 250GB HD.

anderson is offline
Quote:
More memory is always better, that's it. The question is about balancing investment with how much things will improve.

Using iPhoto gobbles up RAM like a stray dog in a butcher's shop, especially if like me you have thousands of photographs. Also, if you use Office 2004 on an intel machine, it's fairly RAM hungry.

I'd go for 2 gigs and yes it's likely that Leopard will benefit even more from having extra RAM than Tiger... not that you have to upgrade of course!
Thanks for the reply. It looks like I've already shot my budget as we are over 2 grand so far. I guess my next question is how hard is it to upgrade the memory at a later date (ie, is the case easy to work on, etc) I intend to buy from an Apple store and I would probably let them do the upgrade down the road if necessary.
QUOTE Thanks
Jem

 
Member Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posts: 245
Jem will become famous soon enough

Jem is offline
Upgrading memory is incredibly easy, two screws to remove the access panel and then they just pop out with a couple of levers.

The only issue is that 1GB is supplied as 2 x 512MB and you only have 2 sockets for RAM so you would be needing to buy 2 x 1GB to get to 2GB and put the old RAM on eBay to recoup some costs.

I bought my 20" core duo with the base 512MB and it was a little sluggish from time to time - especially running rosetta apps like Office 2004. I went up to 1GB for a while (I bought a pair of 1GB modules but 1 was faulty) and it made a huge difference, putting in the 2nd 1GB hasn't been as noticeable.

Steer away from Rosetta apps (e.g. use NeoOffice instead of Microsoft Office) and 1GB should do the job nicely for the time being

As to Leopard requiring more, I believe most significant releases Apple have made of an OS perform better for the same hardware than the previous release (i.e. the opposite of Windows releases!) so you should still be OK with 1GB even then.
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Klipsch GMX A2.1 - 2.1 Speaker System | Help me make this used Mac my own! »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Apple Pulls Plug on Original iMac schweb Apple Rumors and Reports 7 09-13-2006 04:38 PM
The New iMac (merged) EDIT-XTREEM Apple Desktops 7 07-21-2006 04:29 PM
Considering Switching to a iMac Grez Switcher Hangout 14 07-11-2006 06:45 PM
Is it worth to switch from iMac G4 to iMac G5?? Mainyehc Apple Desktops 12 03-13-2006 06:21 PM
iMac or G5? Need help switching. sKaD Switcher Hangout 9 10-14-2003 04:17 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:09 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?