Mac Mini Running Pretty Slow

Hello,

My Mac Mini is running slow. Can you help me speed it up. The hardware is starting to get out of date.

Processor  2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

Memory  4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3

Graphics  NVIDIA GeForce 9400 256 MB

Software  OS X 10.9.1 (13B42)

I run about 20 tabs in firefox. There's some pinwheel action going on. When I open Fireworks or Adobe Illustrator, things slow way down.

Any help is appreciated. I'm not quite ready to upgrade my hardware yet.

Thanks!
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weikelbobAsked:
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strungConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Double check to make sure the RAM I linked you to is for your particular Mini.
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strungCommented:
How much free space do you have on your hard drive? You need at least 15 percent free.

Also run Verify Disk in Disk Utility and advise what it says
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weikelbobAuthor Commented:
I've got about 60% free:

Capacity :      319.21 GB (319,213,174,784 Bytes)
       Format :      Mac OS Extended (Journaled)      Available :      201.85 GB (201,850,331,136 Bytes)
       Owners Enabled :      Yes      Used :      117.36 GB (117,362,843,648 Bytes)
       Number of Folders :      223,153      Number of Files :      893,598
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Peter LoobuyckCommented:
How Aboutaleb upgrading ram? Can you check how much you got left?
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strungCommented:
Did you run Verify Disk?
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weikelbobAuthor Commented:
Verify Disk said that the drive appears to be OK.

Where do I check how much ram I have left?
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Peter LoobuyckCommented:
In Utilities, you'll find ActivityMonitor. This app will show your available ram
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weikelbobAuthor Commented:
Interesting. Screenshot attached.
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Peter LoobuyckConnect With a Mentor Commented:
See, out of 4GB ram, 3.99 ram is used, in addition 5.82 GB is used as virtual memory.

Meaning you use all your ram and 6GB more on your hd as a virtual ram disk. The Hd is slower than the ram, that's why you have ram. So your mac becomes slower. Adding an additional 4GB of ram will speed up the machine.

However, keep in mind that the cost for ram may be coming close to the cost of a new mini..
The i7 processor is far speedier than a Core 2 duo.
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strungCommented:
Would probably cost $100 to upgrade to 8 gigs of RAM and $200 to 16 Gigs:

http://eshop.macsales.com/MyOWC/Upgrades.cfm?model=397
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weikelbobAuthor Commented:
Perfect, thanks guys.
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