HELP: Upgrading RAM on a Budget (Black Macbook)

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by maclook, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. maclook macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    Black Macbook
    OSX 10.5.6
    2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    1GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
    Uses: Photoshop CS4, Google SketchUp, and the most draining of all - Mozilla Firefox

    I'm kind of a newbie with RAM but a friend suggested that bumping up my RAM will significantly improve the performance of my Mac. Right now I'm considering adding another GB of RAM to make it 2GB.
    I have AppleCare so I'll probably let them handle the upgrade but I'm not too sure I want to buy the RAM sticks from the Apple store, assuming their prices are higher than competitors.

    -How do I make sure I don't have two 512mb sticks? I'm pretty sure I don't but that would change my decision process greatly if I have to end up buying two 1gb sticks instead of one.
    -When I search for the lowest price, does the new RAM stick need to be the exact same as my existing RAM (667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM)

    Thanks for any help and additional tips for upgrading my RAM
  2. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea

    Press Scan My System on the Left

    Shows you exactly whats already inside your laptop
    Shows you the maximum your laptop can take
    and offers you some more of exactly what you need for sale at a reasonable price

  3. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2007
    I was curious and tried this even though I'm maxed out and the scanner is color-blind. It called my WhiteBook Black. How weird is that?
  4. ref26 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 13, 2008
    I'm pretty sure your Macbook would come with 2x512 and not 1x1gb, I think Apple always gives matched pairs.
  5. therealdt macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2008
    northeast region
    #5 you can get 2(1GB) for about 20 bucks, plus free shipping depending where you located.

    easy to install yourself
  6. MattyK macrumors 6502a


    It comes with 2 512mb I know because I replaced both with 1gb
  7. JoeDRC macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2008
  8. maclook thread starter macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    hmm now that i think about it im pretty sure i have two 512s lol. that's a that means if i want 2gb of RAM i need to purchase two 1gb RAM sticks and then i have two useless 512mb sticks? (sidebar i dont know if theyre really called sticks i just dont know what else to call it)
  9. therealdt macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2008
    northeast region
    not useless. you can sell them. yeah you're right on all counts. I hear it's easy to do, looks easy. I have 2GB on it's way from newegg.
  10. LTX macrumors regular


    Dec 25, 2008
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    You're in luck; now is the best time to buy RAM :) Head over to and pick up a couple 1GBs for under $20 like already suggested. I believe 667MHz is the highest speed supported by these Macbooks, but I'm not sure.
  11. dylanbrown macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2008
    If you are on a budget, check out eBay, seriously! There's lots of new RAM on there, and 4GB should set you back around $50-80 on eBay.

    Your MacBook can handle 4GB (2x2GB)
  12. maclook thread starter macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    wow you guys are all great help. i ALMOST went ahead and bought 2x2gb corsair but then i went to and (thank god) realized that my old school macbook can only max out at 2gb RAM. bummer. but still great to know that RAM is so cheap at newegg so i'm going with this Kingston 2x1gb for $27
  13. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    I used Kingston brand memory in my MacBook. I bought a 4GB set for $70 with like $20 rebate.
  14. aethelbert macrumors 601

    Jun 1, 2007
    Chicago, IL, USA
    Apple limited sales to 2GB of ram and that is their limitation. The hardware, however, can actually handle up to 3.3GB. If you were to order your 2x2GB set that you saw, that would give you the best possible performance. There would be a bit that the system would not use, but you would also get the advantage of dual channel. Despite what Apple says, your hardware can utilize 3.3GB, not just two. I have a model of the same revision running on 2.5GB and it works just fine.
  15. RoscoeUA macrumors member


    Oct 29, 2007
    Newegg right now, Crucial 4GB (2GBx2) $33 Your MacBook will more than likely only recognize 3GB, but you'll have Dual Channel Matched Ram

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