4 GB of ram...questions.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by -Josh-, Nov 2, 2007.

  1. -Josh- macrumors regular

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    Hey everyone.
    I'm new to upgrading, can a total newb upgrade the ram himself on a Macbook? also, where is a good place to find cheap ram? any links would be appreciated.

    It comes down to this:
    Upgrade to 2 GB when I buy it from apple, or, buy up to 4 GB somewhere online.

    Thanks,

    Josh
     
  2. GKThursday macrumors regular

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    Check out Newegg, $130 Shipped for 2x2GB SODIMMs.

    I have them ordered for my new SR macbook.

    ~Thursday
     
  3. Mindflux macrumors 68000

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    I must not be seeing this
     
  4. tianuk3 macrumors member

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    do any of you guys know the cheapest place to upgrade ram and hdd in the uk?
     
  5. GKThursday macrumors regular

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  6. Mindflux macrumors 68000

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    Yeah I found that, but.

    a) I don't trust that brand name (not that they're bad, never had experience)
    and
    b) EXPERIENCE tells me getting a 2x2GB (matched pair) is better compatibility wise, than two single 2GB sticks (It shouldn't be, but I've seen it be an issue in the past).

    :apple:
     
  7. bbarnhart macrumors 6502a

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  8. spjonesi macrumors member

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    I can give a little insight here, not to his question but maybe to what you might be able to use 4gb of ram for...

    I have a 2.4gzh SR MBP 15' matte with 160gb 7200rpm drive and 4gb of ram. My dad has the exact same machine minus the 7200rpm drive and 'only' 2gb of ram.

    Using os x I notice NO differences between the two machines for just things like running apps that require 'rosetta' (ie PPC only apps like word), exporting photos from iPhoto, running onyx to clean things up, whatever. I do run parallels and XP from a boot camp partition so that I can work on SAS (which has no OS X modern equivalent). When I want to get really fancy I run 2gb of ram to XP (leaving 2 for me on OSX). I notice no slowdown in os x doing this.

    Doing the same from the 2gb of ram from my dads machine does have a moderate slowdown, but nothing HUGE. My advice, to anybody asking for it, though they aren't here, lol, would be that if you can afford it, go for it. If you are scrounging for the money, forget it for now, and wait for it.

    joneSi
     
  9. GKThursday macrumors regular

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    In my experience, most RAM is made in the same factory, and then just slapped with a company's logo. And if I have issues, I sort them out with Newegg. So I figured it was worth the 20ish dollar gamble.

    ~Thursday
     
  10. bbarnhart macrumors 6502a

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    What is a matched pair? Because they both came in the same box? Or, they've been tested and found to work better together?
     
  11. Mindflux macrumors 68000

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    Supposedly a matched pair is ram that was tested to work together. Whether or not there's truth to that or two sticks of ram are just jammed in a box together I don't know. Manufacturing isn't an exact science, so it could just be that they come out of the same 'batch', thus giving the tolerances between the ram the best likelihood to match.
     
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  13. bbarnhart macrumors 6502a

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    Oooo! That's a good deal and I like OWC. Forgotten all about them!
     
  14. Mindflux macrumors 68000

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    OWC's price needs to come down 30 bucks :p
     
  15. Mindflux macrumors 68000

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    Oh well. I'm going to take a chance with that PQI memory. For 126.67 shipped, less 2% from Fatwallet (2.4 dollars) makes it a steal.
     
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  17. je1ani macrumors 6502

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    OMG Santa Rosa CHIPSETS! I'm still excited lol
     
  18. Chillijam macrumors member

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    <insert obligatory rant about US vs UK pricing...>

    For the UK, Crucial do a 4GB kit (2 x 2GB) part code CT687611 for 115 GBP shipped. (230 USD).

    HTH
     

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