new MacUser seeking memory upgrade advice

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Foxtrot45, May 16, 2012.

  1. Foxtrot45 macrumors newbie

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    Hi - a friend of mine recommended these forums as a good place to go for advice. I've bought my first Mac, a 2011 Mini, in August. It has 2 GB of memory which I would like to upgrade. Where would folks suggest I order RAM from, should I get 8 (2x4) or 16, and is there anything else I should know or take into account?

    Installation seems straightforward, so once I decide where to order from and get my chips, I am not expecting any other problems.

    Thanks,
    F
     
  2. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030

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    Check out Newegg. Depending on what you are using the computer for most people will say that 8 GB is enough, but RAM is super cheap and more RAM never hurt anyone.
     
  3. BigDukeSix macrumors 6502a

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    I have always used these guys:
    http://eshop.macsales.com/
    Great service, tech support and prices. You can't go wrong with OWC.
     
  4. Lance-AR macrumors 6502

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    I second OWC. Be sure and check out their installation videos.
     
  5. shortcut3d macrumors 65816

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    Wirelessly posted

    I've had good results with both 2x4GB 1866MHz Kingston Hyper X PnP and 2x8GB 1600MHz Corsair Vengenance. If you go beyond 1333MHz make sure it's PnP or auto detect.
     
  6. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    monster killer sale


    http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellShocker.aspx?cm_sp=ShellShocker-_-20-231-533-_-05162012_2



    these will work. this is the lowest price in the history of this item. this is a shell shocker sale good for about 4pm east coast time.
     
  7. LorenK macrumors 6502

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    I bought my MacMini memory at New Egg and no issue. Installing the memory is a snap, literally, just be sure to handle the cards carefully, don't want to touch the contact points.

    Good luck.
     
  8. palmharbor macrumors 6502

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    Burned

    I got burned by Memory TEN....$22.98 for 4GB for new MacMini.
    Only it did not work...Mac would not boot up....beep sound.
    Had a hard time sending it back...had to contact them 4 times.
    They sell cheap Chinese Crap. Great prices...but its C.C.
    Bought from another firm and awaiting delivery, paid 30% more but its not Cheap Chinese Crap.
     
  9. Foxtrot45 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yes they will work.

    these will also work

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231342

    I have put 100 of the gskill sticks above into 2011 mac minis. I run an upgrade business for macs. It is my first choice of ram for a 2011 mac mini user with needs like yourself. they are better then the ones you picked.

    but the 6 or seven dollars more is because they read apple. the label is not worth it. I could go into a long and detailed explanation but I won't.

    I will just say buy either one above but that I buy gskill for my upgrades.


    you can look me up on ebay to see my feedback on mac mini sales. I have sold and upgraded a lot of mac minis. you can also see newegg users like the gskill
     
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  12. Foxtrot45 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I bought the llowest speed processor 2011 MacMini, with 2GB RAM. The computer runs slower than I'd expect from a new desktop. I use the computer just for web browsing, word processing and the like. No games.

    How much differece should I expect from 2 to 8 GB of RAM? 8 to 16? Can the mini safely use 16?

    Thanks for all the replies so far.
     
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  14. SR45 macrumors 65832

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    Yes.. Not desktop memory however. Some made the mistake in getting those and had to send them back

    I use the GSkill linked above for mine. Works very well. Cheap ;)
     
  15. theSeb macrumors 604

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    There will be a huge difference in going from 2 GB to 8 GB, but I don't believe you need 16 GB since you don't seem to use any demanding applications. OSX likes memory to cache stuff so the whole system will run a lot better. I would recommend 8 GB for you, but the mini can safely use 16 GBs too.

    The exact specifications, according to Apple, are:

    Mac mini (Mid 2011) computers have two internal memory slots. These slots accept a standard PC3-10600 DDR3 204-pin SO-DIMMs (Small Outline DIMM) with the following specifications:

    PC3-10600 DDR3
    Unbuffered
    Non-parity
    204-pin module
    1333 MHz

    But, in reality, you can use 1600 MHz (I am using it in my mini right now) and you can even use some 1866 MHz. But, to be honest, this is not really necessary for you.

    Just stick to memory like this and you'll be fine:

    Specs: DDR3 PC3-10600 • CL=9 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR3-1333

    For example:

    http://www.crucial.com/store/partspecs.aspx?imodule=ct2kit51264bc1339&click=true


    Here are Apple's instructions on how to upgrade

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4432

    You can also find videos on the web.
     
  16. Foxtrot45 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks - it looks like this is the same Crucial memory on Amazon's site? I can't quite tell, because Amazon doesnt include all of the same details, like "CL=9"
     
  17. theSeb macrumors 604

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    If you include the link, I can check.
     
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  19. JAT macrumors 603

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    I just bought that Crucial memory pak on Amazon. Working just fine so far. I also seldom do anything RAM intensive, but I do have 3-5 programs running constantly. Several annoying slow-downs have vanished with 8GB vs the 2GB I had.
     
  20. Mak47 macrumors 6502a

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    The dirty little secret about RAM is that almost all of it is the same stuff. There aren't many companies that actually make it, but there are a lot of different labels that it gets sold under. Any brand that is reasonably well known, G Skill, Crucial, Corsair etc. should be fine. I've actually used Crucial RAM that is identical (stickers and all) to "Apple" RAM.

    For what you're doing, 8GB should be plenty, but if spending a few bucks more isn't a problem for you, go to 16GB. The Mini can take it and you never know what you'll be doing a year from now. You can't really have too much RAM.

    Newegg usually has good RAM prices, they've also had some decent promos on SSD's lately too. That would give you a speed boost as well.
     

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