Advice for memory upgrade?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jdg321, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. jdg321 macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2012
    Hi all,
    Sorry I'm not much of a computer guy so I'm looking for some advice for a possible ram upgrade. I have a 2.53 ghz, 4 gb memory, Version 10.7.4 macbook pro from I believe the summer 2009 family (as referred on apple's website). I love my computer but have become frustrated with its declining performance, particularly when running multiple apps. Again i'm not a computer guy, but my guess is that over the last few years my increased number of files in my iTunes (currently about 50 gigs) has put a strain on the memory, making it difficult to run iTunes and other apps. Does someone have a suggestion for possibly upgrading ram on my laptop? Apple has two options listed for my computer's generation, 4 gb and 8 gb, at $100 and $200 respectively. Do these options mean you upgrade TO 4 gb or TO 8 gb, meaning I would have to buy the 8 gb since I already have 4 gb? Or does someone know a cheaper,reliable place to upgrade instead of with apple?

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Always buy RAM from anyplace other than Apple, unless it's soldered in (like on some newer models).

    You can find specs on all Apple products, including maximum RAM:
  3. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    GGJstudios always posts a ton of good info, make sure you read through what he's linked.

    It sounds like you've got a MacBook Pro from the same generation as me. I recently upgraded my 13" mid-2009 2.53GHz model with 2 x 4GB of memory. I bought Corsair value-select(or whatever it's called) from a local place while it was on sale.

    I went with 1333MHz memory instead of the 1067MHz stuff my laptop originally shipped with. I was pleasantly surprised when I found that my laptop actually ran the memory at full speed and I had SLIGHTLY better performance in Diablo 3(which flat out runs like crap on my laptop, so I'll take what I can get!)
  4. bobcan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2007
    Sunny but Cold.. Canada
    Hello from up in Canada.. I had the same computer until I upgraded. I believe the RAM I installed was this one, definitely was Mushkin, as is in my late 2011 MBP..

    Worked perfectly, and is only $39.95 w/ Free Delivery, pretty sure mine was well over $200.. Yay!!

    OWC has also treated my MAC's and me well.. here is the page to look around on for Options:



    Apparently the NEWEGG site won't allow a Direct Link.. it appears to 'neuter' it to go to The Main Page only!!

    Oh well, here is the Info :

    Item#: N82E16820226021

    Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Laptop Memory Model 996644
  5. Rajpdx macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2012
    Probably not the extra files. Be careful not to confuse storage = your hard drive space and memory = ram.

    Take a look at how much hard drive space you are using - if the drive is almost full then your performance may take a hit and your data will be at risk of corruption - otherwise you will be ok. You always want about 10-20% free as a minimum.

    8gb ram will be the limit of what you can put in that machine, but if you can do it the best upgrade will be to replace your hard drive for an SSD. That will make your computer seem much snappier regardless of how much ram you have. The problem is that the SSD will likely have lower capacity though so if you have used more than 256gb of your hard drive you'll have to take some data off.

    For an SSD shop around for a Samsung 830 or Crucial M4 - both are good so get the cheapest, if less than $50 difference, otherwise the Samsung is marginally preferable but either will do so save the extra $ if you want.

    Samsung 830 is around $219 or so at micro center but you should shop around.
    Crucial M4 is $209 at Amazon but I've seen it drop to $160 recently (I was paying $380 for this in Nov 2011!!!!!!)

    There are also 512gb SSD's available. The M4 is about $399.

    For ram, try - enter your details and see what they charge for 8gb of ram - should be in the region of $50

    Get both if you can afford it and can make do with 256gb - otherwise SSD then ram in my view.

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