Advice on upgrading Macbook memory and hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by stingray88, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. stingray88 macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2008
    I have a relatively new MacBook. And I am interesting in upgrading the memory from 2GB to 4GB. I have already determined that my MacBook will support up to 4GB however I want to make sure I am buying OK RAM. Since Apple sells their 4GB kits for 400 dollars I figured, yea right F@ck that I'll find something better.
    A friend of mine recommended But theirs is still 150 dollars.
    I found another website that sells them for 110. However I feel I could do better so I decided to go to tigerdirect and newegg, like I usually do when I need computer parts, and see what I can find there. I am looking for two 2GB chips and here is what I have found.
    The cheapest 2GB chip I found was around 35 bucks so for two it would be around 70 plus shipping and handling. However I don't think its "Mac Certified Ram"... personally I don't buy this crap at all, I don't think it makes a difference. However while doing some research I found this:
    "SPD Programming
    The SPD programming on a module is what determines the timing of
    various tasks (read data/write data/refresh cells/etc.) during the
    memory clock cycle. Apple memory is frequently different from the
    industry standard for these timings, and this is why standard pc memory
    will often work in a Mac but run slowly. An incorrectly set SPD can rob
    you of up to 50% of system performance. Ramjet modules will never have
    SPD compatibility problems."
    Can anyone let me know if this is really true? Or can I just get the nice cheap RAM sticks off newegg. Also if anyone has sticks they would recommend, let me know.

    Also I was thinking about getting this hard drive...

    If anyone would advise against that particular hard drive, or recommend another, that would also be appreciated.

    Normally I'm a pretty computer savy guy, I built my own PC desktop... But when it comes to my macbook... I baby it, and I don't take chances.
  2. jbrenn macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008

    this is a good place for cheap parts. also there is a 500gb hd for $149
    ram 4gb approx 40-80
    you can search for ram for apple notebooks i would buy 2x2gb in 1 package you will get it cheaper that way.
    dont know were you got that but it is a load of crap.
  3. stingray88 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2008

    Well I saw the 500gb HD, but I would rather have the 7200rpm 320gb, than a 5400rpm 500gb.
    I have 4TB of external space so I don't really need 500gb in my laptop, 320gb will suit me fine.

    However that set of ram sticks definately looks pretty awesome. I think I will go with those.
  4. redmeister macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2007
    yup agree

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