Bought New Macbook Pro now where is the best place to buy RAM for it?

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  1. vipergts831 macrumors newbie

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    Ive heard of crucial and OWC. With that said ive seen varying prices as well. Which is the best place to buy the best RAM for a macbook pro. Looking to max out its 8GB of RAM. New to the mac world so any help is greatly appreciated. Great forum we have here! :)
     
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    Amazon or crucial
     
  3. TonyDucks macrumors newbie

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    Crucial

    I've always used Kingston Ram. But I've heard great stuff about crucial.

    Kingstons RAM is more expensive.

    Crucial Ram on their site is only 97 dollars for the 8gb upgrade, however online it is listed as out of stock.

    I called Crucial today and they told me they still had a limited amount to give if you placed order over the phone, so i was able to get the RAM still.
     
  4. vipergts831 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Tony! Ill see if i can ring them up!
     
  5. whyzdom macrumors regular

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    Amazon.com
    Newegg.com


    I just bought mine from Newegg. Never had bad service from them.
     
  6. vipergts831 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just put my order in with Newegg. Called up crucial and they are all out. Newegg is pretty fast for me so hopefully ill get it in two days. :)
     
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    So.....what do you do with the stock 2 x 2GB modules that are replaced by the 2 x 4GB ones?
     
  10. keithano macrumors member

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    Sell it on ebay or craigslist for like $30-40
     
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    Crucial.com, all the way.

    They're not always the cheapest, but their service is excellent. I've had 0 problems with them.
     
  12. KJmoon117 macrumors 6502a

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    I've bought RAM from Crucial and from OWC about 5 years ago for my PC and my iMac and they are running perfectly fine :)
     
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    This memory is different from whats in the 2010 MBP correct?

    Can someone please post the exact specs/model that is required for the 2011?

    TIA!
     
  14. ocdee macrumors newbie

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    So, I did a little sleuthing to try to find modules that are as close as possible to what Apple installs. Short version: I'm buying the Kingston KVR1333D3SOK2/8GR.

    Long version: I first checked the iFixIt teardown and grabbed the model number off the SO-DIMM in the photo (Hynix HMT325S6BFR8C). I then found the datasheet for that module, which lists the model numbers of the actual chips as H5TQ2G83BFR. I then zoomed in on images of modules at Newegg until I found the Kingston one mentioned above, which seems to have the exact same chips.

    Of course, the Kingston module is different in that the board itself was manufactured by Kingston and not Hynix, for all I know the chips may be from a higher or lower-quality bin, maybe the Kingston module I receive will use different chips, etc. But I'm betting this module will be pretty darned similar to what Apple uses. In reality, any cheap module will probably work flawlessly, but I guess the paranoia got the better of me.
     
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    The only issue i see with those is that it runs at 1333 vs the macbook pro support of 1066. Those kingston are cas latency of 9 vs the 1066 of 7. I would exchange the ones you bought for these if you want to stay in the kingston line:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139481
     
  17. Tibwolf macrumors newbie

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    The Sandy Bridge MBPs support and come standard with 1333mhz RAM
     
  18. vipergts831 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ahh very true Tibwolf!
     

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