iMac so slow lately

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Hi I have had my iMac since early 2008,

its a 2.66 intel dual core with 2GB ram running OS x 10.9.5. I have a 320GB HD that has 86GB free.

Just lately it is beach balling very frequently and seems to be very slow in loading applications.

If i run iTunes or iPhoto it seems to take an age to run the apps.

I'm looking for some help on speeding the iMac up again or how to check what it might be running in the background or if indeed there may be a problem

many thanks
 
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thanks nick,

sorting out onyx now, do you know what the max ram for my iMac is ?

thanks

paul
 

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Go to OWC like Jake recommended. It will tell you what your options are. If you live outside of the US...Crucial.com may be able to get the ram to you cheaper.

I would probably go with the 4gig upgrade. The other option is pretty expensive...relative to the 4gig upgrade price.

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Early 2008 iMac 2.66GHz can run up to 6GB of memory. As Nick suggests 1 x 4GB and 1 x 2GB.
 

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