Get the memory upgrade from the apple store for a macbook pro?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by xizar, Dec 17, 2009.

  1. xizar macrumors regular

    Dec 17, 2009
    I'm looking at getting my first laptop, and am diving into Apple's dish of pudding (unless you count the few months I've had an iPhone).

    I'd like to get the high-end 15" as I intend to use it for the most important of all computing tasks: Surfing for pr0n, posting on internet boards with horrendous grammars and spleling, and playing World of Warcraft/Left4Dead 2 (on Windows partition, no less).

    As it's been a long time since I've built a computer (and only desktops, at that), I feel more comfortable with something that I don't have to screw around with. (*sigh*... 'it just works'...)

    My question revolves around the amount of memory I should get in the box when I buy it. My last desktop (the aforementioned self-built computer) had 4gigs of RAM and ran everything (that I wanted to) fine a couple of years ago (specifically, pr0n was surfed, L4D 1 was played, and forums were trolled).

    Apple, with its uncutuous glamours, suggests that I can have 8 gigs of RAM for the ghastly sum of 540 American dollars.

    Is this wise? Is this necessary given my _stringent_ requirements?

    I'm concerned as there is no simple add-in, and both sticks would be replaced. Given my ignorance of laptop design, I'm not even sure it's possible to upgrade laptop hardware, actually...

    Please be gentle.

    <obligatory "Should I wait for Arrandale" comment>
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Welcome to the forum! Great post! Nice and honest! 4GB should be fine for your purposes.
  3. disconap macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2005
    Portland, OR
    Yeah, I second the sticking with 4. By the time you actually need 8, it'll probably only cost you around $100.
  4. jbrenn macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
    It is possible to upgrade ram and hard drive and you can replace the superdrive with either another hd or a bluray. If you can build a desktop you can do the upgrades. 4gb should be fine for what you want to do.
  5. mmulin macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2006
    4GB is fine but if you feel like upgrading, don't do it from Apple. OWC or Newegg will give you much cheaper deals already. OWC for the full 8GB is now $465.99 ( World Computing/8566DDR3S8GP/ ).

    Apple's premium on RAM is consistently ridiculous.

    RAM upgrade is pretty simple, albeit not as simple as it used to be:

    Edit: OWC apparently also gives you cash rebate by sending in your old memory.
    Edit2: If you can hold it off for a month or two, perhaps wait if there will be a new CPU. Lowdown, you will get a 1st generation product.
  6. MacUser09 macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2009
    I'm not the most savvy computer user on the planet, but I found it easy to upgrade the RAM in my MBP, and my iMac.

    I have also watched the "How to change the hard drive in a MacBook Pro" videos on youtube, and it looks a doddle, providing you have the right tools, take care, follow the instructions.
  7. phoobo macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2008
    In a word: no.

    I doubt you need 8G except for WOW - and there I can't help you, as I'm not a gamer.

    But for G*d's sake man, don't buy it from Apple.

    Agree with mmulin above.
  8. scotty96LSC macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2007
    Charlotte, NC
    We have 10 Macs at work (MBP and iMacs) and we have never bought memory from Apple. We use memory from and have never had a problem. And like others have posted, we don't run more than 4gb in any one machine. Even if the heavy development work we do we find the maachines run great loaded with that much memory.
  9. xizar thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 17, 2009
    I have little problem with holding as the mythical financial aid and scholarship faeries have yet to sprinkle their powders on my purse strings yet while I may be slavering for a moste potent translator of ones and zeroes, I'm leery of your "1st generation" comment.

    Does Apple get anyhing right the first time around? (I have peeked at the sundry buyer's guides and they do not give much comfort.)

    If I look at the refurb portion of the store, how do I know which revision of beast they will send?

    Thank you all for your input. :)

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