5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 27, 2012 1:55 PM by John Galt
RachelJackson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have an early 2009 model iMac with 2GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive (with approx 170GB free).


I can put up to 8GB of RAM into my machine, which I am considering. But before I do, can some of the more techy people out there tell me if my computer will run faster? I've got 'Lion' running, and everything is up to date, but I feel like it's running a bit slower than it potentially could. It certainly feels slower than when I first bought it. I think it could be something to do with software becoming more 'heavy' and my computer simply getting older.


I went into the Activity Monitor, and these were the page in/outs:


Page ins: 4.55GB

Page outs: 2.23GB

Swap: 236.9MB


I did read somewhere that you only need RAM if your page outs are higher than your page ins and that if it doesn't, you literally won't notice the upgrade in RAM in terms of speed quality.


Is this true? I have found a place that sells reliable hardware for Macs, but am wondering -- if my computer won't run any quicker, is it worth it?


See, I like playing games on Steam, but half the time I can't run them because of how darn slow the machine runs when I play them (on minimum settings - even on Minecraft!). Will RAM improve this?



iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.7)