I’ve already established that 2 gig is the minimum, for blender at least. The question is: can I get additional ram from an outside source at a better price? If yes, I don’t suppose I can order a macbook without ram:o.
No. Technically, as soon as you’ve bought your mac your soul belongs to Apple. You’ll have to pay for whatever you want to do (or get done with it, as they only trust you with instaling their software you’ve bought via apple) with it and have no options whatsoever to get parts elsewhere. At least, that’s what I understood from a friend of mine (who is very happy with his macbook, btw).
Oh, did you know that the core on which OSX is based on, called Darwin, is open source? Of course its not true GPL, but is licensed under the Apple Public Source License. It allows modification and redistribution etc. The FSF has this to say about it.
Not that I am a fan of Apple or anything, but it is an interesting fact that I was not aware of until very recently. I found this out because some of the top computer systems on [email protected] use Darwin as their OS.
I wouldn’t recommend Frye’s as your outside source for added memory. I don’t know whether you’ve got them in Canada or not. I’ve only had one experience buying additional memory from them, so it’s just anecdotal, but the additional gig RAM I bought from them only lasted about a year in my laptop (a PC) before it gave out.
Yeah it’s easy to install Ram in the Macbooks too. Same with adding a new hard drive. You just take out the battery, unscrew a plate and pop them in.
I would say that Apple’s Ram is quite well priced up to 2GB. Beyond that, it’s much cheaper elsewhere. I’d say buy it with 2GB installed (unless you can find 2GB cheaper of course) and see how it works out for you. Then if you start running out of Ram, upgrade to 4GB. For most people it’s quite difficult to max out 2GB of Ram so I think it could be enough.
That was the old macbook. It was recently updated with the Santa Rosa chipset so it has 4GB Ram support. It also has better graphics now too with the GMA x3100 so blender’s 3D performance should improve.