This discussion is archived
1052 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: May 10, 2009 12:35 AM by Dai Bach
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2009 6:35 PM (in response to Troy F)I would go for memory. Doubling your memory should have a noticeable impact particularly if you run more than 1 app at once or have large items open (e.g. photos / vids etc).
That said if you are really going to a large amount of video editing then you will also see a decent benefit from the HDD but not as much as the memory.Mac Book Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2009 6:42 PM (in response to Troy F)
Troy F wrote:
it has the 250gb 5,400rpm hard drive and only 2gb of ram...will be creating lesson plans, presentations, and spreadsheets. I will also do some basic photo and video editing, starting with the programs supplied in iLife. In my free time I hope to enjoy some basic gaming, mostly RTS games and WoW.
Do the RAM first. A 250GB hard drive is a lot of storage for the stuff you do. You sound more likely to need more memory for more programs running at the same time, and that means RAM.
what does everyone think about iWork?
If you are not a Microsoft Office power user, then iWork can be pretty great, actually. If you use the obscure features of Word and Excel, iWork will seem underpowered.Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.6), PowerBook G4 15" Al, PowerBook G3 FireWire, PowerCenter Pro, PowerBook 160
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2009 10:55 PM (in response to Troy F)Thanks for the tips guys, I kinda thought the ram upgrade might be the best first upgrade.
On a side note. If I have a game that can be installed natively on OS X or Windows, will the performance always be better in Windows?15" Macbook Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.5.6), 2gb Ram, 250gb 5400rpm HD
Currently Being ModeratedMay 10, 2009 12:35 AM (in response to Troy F)I wouldn't upgrade either the memory or hard drive until you've had a chance to play and experiment with your new Mac. Unless you're doing a lot of heavy video editing the base model specs are perfectly fine.
If you do want to upgrade - memory first, then hard drive.
iWorks is great for creating documents, spreadsheets and presentations for your own use. The only point I would make is that if you share documents with MS Office users, I have found that exporting the documents into an office friendly format doesn't always convert everything exactly.
I'm not a big gamer but I have run WoW natively in OS X without any problems - I would imagine you'd get more of less the same performance depending on how good the Mac port has been programmed.MacBook Pro 15", 2.66GHz, 4GB, 320GB 5400rpm, Mac OS X (10.5.6), MacBook Pro 15", 1.83GHz; Mac Mini, 1.66GHz; MacBook Air, 1.6 GHz