13" MBP - Thinking about getting 16 GB of RAM

igmolinav

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Aug 15, 2005
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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:
https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/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 : ) !!!
 
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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.
 

Sammi :)

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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.
 

punchwalk

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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).
 

onions

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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.
 

Sammi :)

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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.
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.
 

GermanyChris

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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.
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.
 

Sammi :)

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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.
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.
 
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GermanyChris

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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.
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..
 

Elevon

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Nov 29, 2011
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Im currently using 8GB, but Im waiting for the 16GBs price to drop before making my purchase.
 

Sammi :)

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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..
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. ;)
 

igmolinav

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Aug 15, 2005
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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 : ) !!!
 

saberahul

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Nov 6, 2008
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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.
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.
 

theSeb

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Aug 10, 2010
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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.
According to your signature I assume you bought 2x4GB sticks. This conversation is about 8 GB sticks
 

igmolinav

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Aug 15, 2005
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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 : ) !!!
 

akhbhaat

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Sep 30, 2010
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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.
 

igmolinav

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Aug 15, 2005
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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 : ) !!!
 
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phibe1

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Apr 28, 2010
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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 : ) !!!
Ram is still user replaceable on the MBP. You can do it yourself !
 

warvanov

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Oct 13, 2011
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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.
 

laurent05

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Aug 24, 2011
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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?
 
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