“Every time I review a new Mac I complain that it didn’t come with enough RAM to work properly. While a Mac with 256 megabytes of RAM will start up and run one or two applications without problems, a Mac with only 256 megabytes of RAM will slow to a crawl if you have more than a handful of programs open, or if you use one or more of those programs we call resource hogs, such as Final Cut Pro or Express, Photoshop or the iLife suite — iMovie, GarageBand, iDVD, iPhoto, iTunes,” Bob “Dr. Mac” Levitus writes for The Houston Chronicle.
“I’ve had clients complain that their Macs are running slow and that they’re seeing the spinning rainbow pizza cursor more often than they’d like. Invariably my investigation concludes that some, if not all, of their problem is that they don’t have enough RAM,” Levitus writes.
“How much RAM do you really need? Mac OS X should almost never be run on a Mac with less than 512 megabytes. The cost of upgrading from 256 to 512 megabytes is low, well under $100 in most cases. And it’ll be the best under $100 you ever spend on your Mac,” Levitus writes.
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