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2GB of RAM or 1GB and 7200rpm HDD
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Agent69
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Oct 27, 2006, 03:16 PM
 
In a MacBook, which would be better for performance: 2GB of DDR2-RAM or 1GB of DDR2-RAM and an upgrade to a 7200rpm HDD? Which would you get?
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Oct 27, 2006, 03:24 PM
 
ram
NOW YOU SEE ME! 2.4 MBP and 2.0 MBP (running ubuntu)
     
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Oct 27, 2006, 03:44 PM
 
I was wondering this exact same thing. Could you give your reasons as to why you would do one over the other? Thanks.
     
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Oct 27, 2006, 04:18 PM
 
The 2GB would probably allow you to have more programs open and run certain programs faster, but if I had to choose, I would pick a larger HDD, just because a larger HDD will increase the functionality of your computer (more programs, Boot Camp, more music, movies, etc...) at the cost of a few seconds of wait time, as opposed to less wait time, but also less functionality.
     
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Oct 27, 2006, 04:18 PM
 
Ram,
OSX especially with rosetta needs ram.

I'd rather increase the ram which will decrease swapping. Regardless of how fast your hard drive is, ram will always access data faster and by increasing the ram, you decrease OSX's need to use virtual memory/swap files on the drive.

A fast hard drive will only speed up booting up, and any time data is accessed where as memory will be used all of the time.
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Oct 27, 2006, 05:44 PM
 
2GB Ram.

Considering you even have to ask then its safe to assume you arent going to be doing anything that high end there (or you wouldve just picked both 7200+2GB).

1GB really is enough for most people so if I would recommend anything it would be 1GB + larger HDD. But then who knows. Its all decided by what the end user really needs so its all up to you.
     
   
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