MacBook Pro Memory Suggestions

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  1. macosxuser01 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm looking to buy a 15inch MBP 2.53GHz Intel Core i5 with 500GB hard drive @ 7200RPM.

    I want to upgrade the RAM to 8GB but I don't want to buy the RAM from Apple for $380. What aftermarket RAM would you suggest? I've been doing some research and I found OWC and Axiom not sure what brand to get.
     
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    G.Skill is a reliable brand. Look at its feedback in NewEgg, mostly five stars.
     
  4. macosxuser01 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok well if anybody doesn't agree or suggest something let me know. I plan on buying my MBP sometime in mid January so I'm in no rush to get upgraded RAM as soon as possible
     
  5. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000

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    I've always had only the very best dealings with OWC.
     
  6. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

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    Just a suggestion. Don't get the i5 2.53 but instead get the i5 2.4. The performance difference is only 5% when running the most demanding tasks. With the $200 price difference between the 2.4 vs 2.53 model you can upgrade the ram to 8gb, and buy a 500gb 7200 HHD drive like the Hitachi for only $65 and keep the 320 gb drive as a backup/clone/TM/extra storage. You will get more for your money.

    The above is what I did/will do. I recently upgraded my RAM to 8gb from OWC (but G Skills is also top shelf) and sold my original 4gb for $40. I will be getting the Hitachi drive I mentioned above next week - it gets high marks for speed, low noise and low vibration from members on this site.
     
  7. ShiftClick macrumors regular

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    I love OWC, but for laptop ram I have been using Mushkin for over 10 years, never had a single problem. So if you want a recommendation, get Mushkin.
     
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  9. TheNakedMan macrumors member

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    I recommend ram from macsales. I use the OWC ram. I've used it in several macs...and never failed...
     
  10. macosxuser01 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks everybody for there recommendations. I just purchase my 15inch MBP tonight. I'll soon buy RAM for it once I get it
     
  11. gdprof27 macrumors member

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    I'm not wanting to throw a monkey wrench into everyone's plans here but I just went to Crucial and found this deal:

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    This can't be right, can it? If so, is this quality RAM?


    I would appreciate any help and apologies if this is a hijack of a thread!
     
  12. Hellhammer Moderator

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    That isn't such a good deal, here is similar kit for 85$ including shipping. Crucial RAM (and G.Skill) is good quality so no need to worry
     

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