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Watch this video and follow along to easily identify what memory your Apple computer has.

How much Mac RAM do I need?


General Use Minimum Required More RAM is better!
General Use of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard & iLife '09 512MB, 1GB for high definition video 2GB
General Use of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger & iLife '06 256MB, 512MB for high definition video 512MB-1.5GB
General Use on Mac OS X 10.3 Panther & iLife '05 128MB, 512MB for high definition video 256MB-1GB
General Software Minimum Required Max out your Memory!
Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 512MB 1GB-2GB
iWork '09 (Pages, Keynote, Numbers) 512MB 1GB-2GB
Quicken 2007 & QuickBooks Pro 2007 128MB 512MB
FileMaker Pro 10 256MB-512MB 512MB-1GB
Graphics, Design, & Photography Minimum Required Install more memory if you...
Aperture 2 2GB 2GB-4GB+
Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 1GB 1GB-2GB
Adobe CS4 Design Premium (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, Acrobat, etc.) 1GB 2GB-8GB; 3GB+ if you use more than Photoshop and one other program at the same time
Adobe CS4 Photoshop 1GB 2GB-8GB
Adobe Lightroom 768MB 2GB-4GB+
QuarkXPress 7 & 8 256MB 1GB+
Video Editing Minimum Required Do more with additional memory
Final Cut Express 4.0 1GB 2GB+
Final Cut Studio 2 (Final Cut Pro 6, Motion 3, Soundtrack Pro 2, Color, Compressor 3, DVD Studio Pro 4) 1GB 2GB+ for compressed HD and uncompressed SD; 4GB+ for uncompressed HD footage
Adobe CS4 Production Premium (After Effects, Premiere, Soundbooth, Encore, etc.) 2GB 2GB+ for DV; 4GB+ for HDV & HD work
Adobe After Effects CS4 2GB 2GB+ for DV; 4GB+ for HDV & HD work
Audio Recording & Production Minimum Required More memory is better
Logic Express 8 1GB 2GB-4GB
Logic Studio 2 (Logic Pro 8, MainStage, Soundtrack Pro 2, etc.) 1GB 4GB+
Pro Tools HD 8 1GB 2GB-4GB+
Windows on a Mac Minimum Required Max your RAM out!
Windows XP via Bootcamp 512MB 2GB
Windows Vista via Bootcamp 1GB 2GB-4GB
Windows XP via Parallels 1GB 2GB-3GB
Windows Vista via Parallels 1GB 4GB
Windows XP via VMware Fusion 1GB 2GB-4GB
Windows Vista via VMware Fusion 1GB 4GB
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