Hi, fellow MacRumors members! This is my first post. I can already say I seem to like this forum's programming a lot, seems very well made. I'm an owner of a unibody Mid 2010 13'' MacBook Pro (Model 7,1). Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz, 4GB RAM, Video: 320M. I'm thinking about upgrading it's RAM. Currently it has 4GB. I'm considering whether I should get a 2x4GB kit or a single 1x8GB stick. I'm leaning towards 1x8GB, since it'd be easier to upgrade it later down the road by just adding another 8GB stick and not having to sell the old 2x4GB kit to free up the two RAM slots that my MacBook has [1st Question]: Is there any dual channel advantage to having 2 sticks 4GB each, as opposed to just one 8Gb? [2nd Question]: What brand is the best? Crucial, Corsair, G-Skill, OWC, something else? Also, if I go with OWC, they offer a rebate to trade in your old RAM. $14 for my 2x2GB. What's a better way to go generally speaking - trade-ins, eBay, Craigslist? I actually contacted sales support at OWC. The support team associate advised me via chat to get a 2x4GB RAM upgrade kit instead of a single 1x8GB stick of RAM, but could not explain why, stating there is no difference performance wise and "it's just a personal preference of his". That made me feel a little confused. [3rd Question]: Should I get 16GB? Seems like that's be an overkill for me. Right now I typically have a 1(one)GB swap. Extra 4 GB would remove the need for swap and leave me with a spare 3GB to use, correct? Also, my old HDD (5400 rpm) crapped out causing my system to be very slow recently. So I purchased an entry level SSD -- SanDisk Plus 240GB (no Ultra or Extreme in the name) Model: SDSSDA-240G-G25. This product line came out just few months ago. Seems to have really good reviews on BestBuy page, where it was on sale for $85. So I got it, since I figured there is no point wasting money on Pro level performance SSDs for my old lappy . Reliability however is important to me, don't want to lose any data. I read different SSD utilize different tech, so reliability varies greatly. But I could not find any professional reviews for this model, just the press release from January. So, my [4th Question]: I am curious if anyone had experience with this SSD, if you guys think it's a good one, and how can I test it to make sure there's no hidden failures within it before the BestBuy return period runs out. What apps (preferably free ones) can I use to test it? So far I'm very happy with it. It's my 1st SSD, so I don't know any better, but everything seems to fly MUCH faster compared to my old 5400 drive (especially when it started failing -- would take 10-15 secs for the menus to open after you click on them). I just want to make sure it's a reliable SSD. [5th Question]: is having no memory swap file more important with SSDs since they wear out every time you write something to them? If so, it's more important to have enough RAM with SSDs , correct? [6th question] Do I need to run any special SSD maintenance? Thanks for any input in advance!