13" MBP - Thinking about getting 16 GB of RAM

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  1. igmolinav macrumors 65816

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    Hi,

    I am thinking of getting 16 GB of RAM for my MBP.
    That is with the intention to work faster.

    I hav read this previous thread:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1301699

    Since I RAM may not be that cheap, I want to get
    it from a place where the quality may be good.
    It looks like crucial and newegg sell quality RAM.
    Would you recommend another source?

    This the RAM from crucial:
    http://www.crucial.com/store/listpa...i5 (13-inch DDR3) Early-2011&pl=Apple&cat=RAM

    At first I may not need the 16 GB, but slowly I may (or will).

    Thank you, kind regards,

    igmolinav : ) !!!
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    You could just get 8 GB for now for less than 40 USD and see, if that is enough via Activity Monitor. The price of 8 GB RAM modules will come down further, as it already has gotten down from 1400 USD to 200 USD since February 2011.
     
  3. Sammi :) macrumors member

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    I think 8GB is enough for most users. I'm a web designer and I run multiple browsers, Photoshop, code editors, FTP clients, email and iTunes all at once and 8GB handles it fine.

    I would upgrade to 16GB if I needed it but not much point if it's never going to be utilised.
     
  4. punchwalk macrumors regular

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    I'm using 8GB on my 2011 MBP and it's been more than sufficient for my use cases (software development, virtualization, photoshop, etc).
     
  5. onions macrumors member

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    other than the increased cost, i don't see any reason not to max out the ram to 16gb. sure you may not feel like you need it now, but having more ram available for your system and all your apps can only be a good thing. and what if you get the 8gb and change your mind later? the money you spent on the 8 could have been put toward the 16.
     
  6. Sammi :) macrumors member

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    16GB will be cheaper by the time we'll probably need it. :) It's down to the user of course but personally I think it's a waste of money when I know for a fact I don't need more than 8GB and don't think I'll be needing more any time within the next few years.
     
  7. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    but you don't know for a fact what the OP is doing, nor was the question, should I buy more RAM.

    @OP..there is always the Mac standby OWC, but it'll be twice as much.
     
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    Sammi :) macrumors member

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    That's why I said it's down to the user. :) OP's need for RAM could be a lot greater than mine but OP did say he or she may not need it so I thought I would be helpful and explain what I can do with 8GB RAM to help the OP to decide whether buying 16GB is a waste of money at this current time.
     
  9. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    But thats not what he asked..he was looking for sources other than new egg specifically is there a better deal out there than new egg..
     
  10. Elevon macrumors regular

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    Im currently using 8GB, but Im waiting for the 16GBs price to drop before making my purchase.
     
  11. Sammi :) macrumors member

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    OP said "At first I may not need the 16 GB, but slowly I may (or will)."
    Everyone here is pretty much suggesting that it might be better to wait for prices to drop before purchasing it. Which is probably why no one is suggesting anywhere else to buy it from. And since not many people upgrade because there's no need and the cost is too high then we don't really know how good other RAM is until people have tried it.

    Just trying to be helpful so people don't buy expensive things what they might not need just yet. ;)
     
  12. igmolinav thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Hi,

    Thank you for all your posts : ) !!!
    It is very kind of you !!!

    I wonder if it won't be more
    expensive buying 8GB now and
    then 16. I'll be using the computer
    for final cut pro, autocad, photoshop,
    and other less intensive applications.

    When do you think that RAM will be
    lower in price?

    Thank you, kind regards,

    igmolinav : ) !!!
     
  13. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    Seriously? These were $1400 in February? I bought mine for $38 3 months back as I got a very good sale off Amazon on it but wow... $1400... you could buy a brand new computer in that.
     
  14. theSeb macrumors 604

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    According to your signature I assume you bought 2x4GB sticks. This conversation is about 8 GB sticks
     
  15. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    Ah, I thought he meant overall memory. Thanks for clearing that up.
     
  16. igmolinav thread starter macrumors 65816

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  17. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    My 17" has 8....Have been thinking about 16 though....waiting for the right deal..UK prices have shot up lately.
     
  18. igmolinav thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Hi,

    Shot up? Ooops! I was of the idea that technology
    prices came down. I will also wait a bit. I will not
    buy it right away.

    Kind regards,

    igmolinav : ) !!!
     
  19. akhbhaat macrumors regular

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    RAM is priced in such a way that it never makes sense to buy more than you need at the moment or in the near future. By the time 16 GB becomes a practical necessity for most users, the price of suitable modules will be far lower.
     
  20. igmolinav, Jan 20, 2012
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    igmolinav thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Hi,

    Yes, I will not get more than of what I need
    when the time arrives : ) !!!

    By the way, in order to get the new RAM into
    the MBP, one has to go to an Apple technician,
    isn't? One does not get to do it anymore on
    one's own.

    Thank you again, kind regards,

    igmolinav : ) !!!
     
  21. phibe1 macrumors member

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    Ram is still user replaceable on the MBP. You can do it yourself !
     
  22. warvanov macrumors 6502a

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    OP, I love how each of your posts looks like a little poem. It's adorable. I'm not even being sarcastic here. Honest.

    As others have said 16GB is overkill. Pick up 8GB from newegg.com or macsales.com and install it yourself. It's pretty simple, and you can find directions online at ifixit.com.
     
  23. laurent05 macrumors newbie

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    Don't wanted to start a new topic, so I've got a question myself.

    As 8gb of RAM bumps the HD3000 to 512mb, will 16gb bump the HD3000 even further or does it remain at 512mb?
     
  24. bill-p macrumors 65816

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    It stays at 512MB.
     
  25. desantii macrumors 6502

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    Just installed 16gb on my 13MBP and loving it, maybe overkill but helps with VMs.

    Bought for $130 at NewEgg
     

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