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    Quote Originally Posted by dtravis7 View Post
    the i Macs i own only take 4GB, 6 with OWC expensive for 6GB RAM. There the difference is quite noticeable.

    I can't imaging trying to run a recent compatible OS X with only 4GB memory for more than a few minutes.

    At least you can get a replacement 4GB chip for well under $100.00 as they are close to $150.00 for us in Canada. Bit I'd still seriously consider it if I had to use a 2008 iMac. Our (now my wife's) 2007 24" iMac runs with 6GB and does quite well and also has a WD Black replacement HDD.




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    I favour the idea of upgrading to Sierra, in my experience it is a faster better macOS than El Capitan but do check that your existing applications can be updated to Sierra compatible versions. This should not be an issue for most reputable applications but be prepared to perform those updates. In some cases you may require your registration details/keys, and passwords. My Microsoft Office suite opened like a new installation after upgrade to Sierra, requiring my CD Key to re activate, others just needed my password and user name.
    As with all big changes we advise a full backup prior to upgrading. You might like to consider cloning your Macintosh HD using Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper prior to the upgrade just in case the installation goes sideways.
    Both of the above offer fully functional trial versions so that you could always restore or downgrade to El Capitan should you decide to.
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    My Microsoft Office suite opened like a new installation after upgrade to Sierra, requiring my CD Key to re activate, others just needed my password and user name.
    That's unusual. I have updated OS X numerous times since installing Office 2011 and was never once asked for the product key serial number or to re-activate it. The only time the activation wizard should pop up is a change of hardware. Are you sure you didn't upgrade the hardware at the same time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pm-r View Post
    I can't imaging trying to run a recent compatible OS X with only 4GB memory for more than a few minutes.

    At least you can get a replacement 4GB chip for well under $100.00 as they are close to $150.00 for us in Canada. Bit I'd still seriously consider it if I had to use a 2008 iMac. Our (now my wife's) 2007 24" iMac runs with 6GB and does quite well and also has a WD Black replacement HDD.




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    If you check my Sig here I have other Macs. the older ones are just for internet surfing in the front room of the house I live in with other people. It's more than fast enough with El Cap.

    I own a BTO 2010 iMac with Quad I7 with 8 threads, 32 GB Ram. WD black and 9GB total H D D with 3 externals. It runs Sierra like a watch and I also own an MBP with 16GB ram and i5. That also runs sierra fast.

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    I have other Macs. the older ones are just for internet surfing
    That should work.

    I own a BTO 2010 iMac with Quad I7 with 8 threads, 32 GB Ram.

    That is of course I imagine MUCH nicer to use.

    WD black and 9GB total H D D with 3 externals
    But I think you might mean 9TB, or something larger than 9GB!!





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