kind of early - but how do you change the RAM youself, on new MBP?

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  1. w...b macrumors regular

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    i understand the HD is easy to change, but what about the RAM? Should i just upgrade my RAM one time as i am in the store? or by it cheaper somewhere else and do it myself?
     
  2. sportguy0913 macrumors 6502

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    Go to the macrumors homepage and look at the disassembly photos of the MacBook Pro. And if you haven't bought it yet, just upgrade your ram when you are ordering it/in store.
     
  3. soberbrain macrumors 65816

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    Never ever buy RAM from Apple, unless you like to spend the extra money. Buying RAM from a trusted 3rd party and installing it yourself is much cheaper.

    I suggest Crucial.com, but you can search for forums for more opinions. Be careful with cheap RAM from unknown websites, they may be a great discount, but if they are not good quality they will not work on your Mac and may damage it.

    Also check out:
    http://guides.macrumors.com/Buying_RAM
    http://guides.macrumors.com/Understanding_Intel_Mac_RAM

    I couldn't find documentation on installing RAM from Apple, but here's a good one. Just do up to step 10.

    http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/First-Look/Mac/MacBook-Pro-Unibody
     
  4. tremendous macrumors 6502

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    Crucial is seconded here. never had a problem in the past.
     
  5. soberbrain macrumors 65816

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    Now I've got to watch that episode :)

    ...and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom!
     
  6. tremendous macrumors 6502

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    :)

    a classic episode - and somewhat relevant to the current election craziness.
     
  7. kyleaa macrumors regular

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    Right now this is not the case. DDR3 ram is not very common in the marketplace. The cheapest RAM you could get from NewEgg is $169.99, very close in line to Apple's current prices. Since Apple is always way behind on lowering prices, this will most likely not be the case in a few months.
     
  8. soberbrain macrumors 65816

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    Now that you mention it, I did hear about the price regarding the DDR3.

    However, when I looked on the apple page adding a 2GB stick to make 4GB total was $150 extra.

    I checked NewEgg and it looked like around $80 for 2GB DDR3 laptop RAM, $170 looked like DDR3 desktop RAM.

    On crucial, I did the Memory-picking tool and a 2GB DDR3 stick for the new MacBook was $70.99

    http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=MacBook%202.4GHz%20Intel%20Core%202%20Duo%20(13-inch%20DDR3)%20MB467LL
     
  9. Aranince macrumors 65816

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    They don't add a 2Gb stick. They remove the two 1Gb sticks and put in two 2Gb sticks, so your paying for 2 sticks.
     
  10. soberbrain macrumors 65816

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    Ahhhhh, that makes more sense. Thanks.

    Looks like a RAM upgrade at Apple would be the way to go for now until prices go down.
     
  11. JackSYi macrumors 6502a

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    Seems like the RAM removal process is a bit more complicated because you have to remove 8 screws of varying lengths.
     
  12. sportguy0913 macrumors 6502

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    Its easier to just have them customize it in store, why risk scratching the case?
     
  13. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Because RAM prices will go down while Apple's won't?
     
  14. rolex54 macrumors 6502

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    and the screws are very small
    I couldn't even find a screwdriver that I owned that would fit inside the screw head, and I was not gonna try and force it.
     
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  19. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    The MacBook Pro User Guide, page 42, has instructions on how to install RAM.
    Apple RAM is way overpriced, as others have said. Buy it elsewhere and do it yourself. Save money, same results.
     

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