is 8gb of ram worth it?

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  1. bearcats087 macrumors member

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    im considering buying 8gb of ram for my 2011 13 in. i mainly play the sims and run word/excel/powerpoint plus some other light programs such as internet. i also watch a lot of video content and listen to a lot of music. is 8 gb worth it?
     
  2. AmbiguousNinja macrumors regular

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    Nope, with what you're doing, 4gb is all you need.
     
  3. bizzle macrumors 6502a

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    If you plan on using Safari you absolutely need 8GB unless Apple decides to fix the horrible memory leak.
     
  4. bearcats087 thread starter macrumors member

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    For how cheap it's become, sure. But I haven't even bothered upgrading my new MBP to 8GB yet. I don't even use all 4GB, let alone 8GB.
     
  6. Prodo123 macrumors 68020

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    The one that doesn't exist.
    You do not need 8GB RAM. 6GB maybe, 8GB no.
     
  7. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    4GB is fine for your usage.

    8GB is cheap though and sometimes helps resale value.
     
  8. xlii macrumors 68000

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    I just did this as part of a mid life kicker for my 2009 MBP. I really needed more internal disk space so I got a just released 1 TB internal drive. Upgraded the memory to 8 GB. I didn't need to do it but with the price as low as it is... why not pamper myself.
     
  9. scarred macrumors 6502a

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    For me, if I got the Macbook Pro 13, I absolutely would get 8gb. And not because of the poster above. There is no Safari memory leak. It keeps a lot of it's cache in memory, which is a great place to keep it. You have it, use it.

    Anyways, 8gb opens a few more doors. One thing you could do is give a nice chunk to Parallels and run Windows well in a VM.

    However, if you haven't invested in an SSD yet, that is something I would consider first. You'll see a lot more real world benefits with that.
     
  10. danpass macrumors 68020

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    Yes.

    Its cheap enough at this time to be worth it.
     
  11. Tanax macrumors 6502a

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    4GB falls kinda short for me. I only do regular browsing but my memory usage after a day is around 4.5 to 5 GB.

    With the prices of 8GB(which is what I currently have installed) I really see no reason not to buy 8GB.
     
  12. tootall macrumors regular

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    New apps and OS are always more memory hogs in general; I always buy more ram right from the start to increase the useful life of my computer...
     
  13. bearcats087 thread starter macrumors member

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    wheres the best place to buy the 4gb sticks from?
     
  14. IllIllIll macrumors 6502a

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    This week Fry's Electronics is selling Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333 SODIMMs for $34.99 after a $10 mail in rebate. From the reviews I've read about this memory they work fine in MBPs. For $35 how can you go wrong?
     
  15. bearcats087 thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks for the suggestion but I'm willing to pay more for a good quality memory up to 60-75
     
  16. IllIllIll macrumors 6502a

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    What's wrong with Corsair memory? These SODIMMs get excellent reviews on Newegg and other places and there are many reports of them working fine in MBPs.

    Besides, $35 is a sale price. You think spending an extra $30-$40 will make a difference in performance or reliability? It won't.
     
  17. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    I got my Corsair memory from Amazon for about 50 I think? Plus a 10 dollar mail in rebate, which I'm going to get around doing tomorrow if I remember.

    I can max out the 4gbs on mine without using a virtual machine; right now I have 8 firefox windows open, 15 Chrome windows open, 4 Excel, one Word, iCal, two more productivity apps like that, iTunes, and a plethora of background productivity applications.

    I'm waiting on the screwdrivers so I can get this thing open. If you use less than me, chances are, you don't need the extra RAM.
     
  18. maril1111 macrumors 68000

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    Should I get 8gb of ram for doing some programming stuff (e.g. xcode) and running word and safari at the same time? or is 4 enough?

    MBP2011 13"
     
  19. paintballswimgu macrumors 6502

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    you don't need it

    You don't need it, very few people truly need 8 gigs, But at the current memory prices, its priced where if you just want it, you can buy it, and it won't hurt your wallet. Consequently, I now have 8 gigs. Just go for it.
     
  20. dlimes13 macrumors 6502a

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    At the price point RAM is at now, just get it. I've seen 8GB as low as $26, that's dirt cheap. Can't go wrong with more RAM.
     
  21. AmbiguousNinja macrumors regular

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    $26? Where are you getting these memory cards?
     
  22. bizzle macrumors 6502a

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    Really?
     
  23. sulfhydryl macrumors newbie

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    Since it is such a cheap upgrade, just buy it.

    Based on what you use your computer for I wouldn't expect a noticeable performance increase, but there's always the placebo performance increase from knowing what's inside your computer.

    Also, you might be running more demanding software in the future. I wouldn't be surprised if the combination of Safari 6+iTunes 11+Office 2013+OS X Lion would benefit from having >4 GB to work with. :rolleyes:
     
  24. T4R06 macrumors 65816

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    worth it plus your graphics will bump to 512mb.
     
  25. TheJing macrumors 6502a

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    How come?
     

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