New to Apple - Upgrading RAM on a 2007?

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  1. teacups macrumors newbie

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    So, a friend gave me their old MBP. It's running fine and I have no complaints aside from wanting a little bit more speed. Its stats are below and I tried to include everything. My question is - will upgrading to 4GB of RAM make much of a difference?

    Processor: 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    Memory: 2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT 128 MB
    Software: OS X 10.8.2 (12C60)

    Model Name: MacBook Pro
    Model Identifier: MacBookPro3,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.2 GHz
    Number of Processors: 1
    Total Number of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 4 MB
    Memory: 2 GB
    Bus Speed: 800 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: MBP31.0070.B07
    SMC Version (system): 1.16f11

    Memory (for both)
    Size: 1 GB
    Type: DDR2 SDRAM
    Speed: 667 MHz
    Status: OK

    120GB SSD w/ 91 GB free
     
  2. robvas macrumors 68020

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    Yes there's a big jump from 2GB to 4GB. You might want to buy a 4GB chip and then you'd have 5GB (using one of the 1GB chips you currently have). The highest you can go is 6GB on that model, 2GB + 4GB
     
  3. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    Since you have 2GB, I would go for either 4 or 6GB.
    They are pretty cheap now.
     
  4. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    I have the same computer, and I did the 4gb upgrade a while ago. I prefer 4gb because then you can get dual channel (requires matching pairs of ram) for a small speed boost. However, if you think you'll actually need 6gb, then go for that.
     
  5. cosmicjoke macrumors 6502

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    maybe, maybe not.. really just depends on how you use your computer... monitor your system memory with activity monitor and pay attention to your free ram and page outs....

    you have an SSD, which definitely breathes a lot of life into an old computer, and additional RAM could definitely help if you do much multitasking...

    but i also bet running a less graphically intensive operating system like snow leopard would help a lot too
     
  6. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    You may bump into hardware/firmware limitations on how much memory you can install. I had an older 17" MBP that would only recognize 3gb. It would take 2 2gb modules but 1gb wasn't usable.
     
  7. callmemike20 macrumors 6502a

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    I have this exact model and it's still running fine for me. However, It can only be updgraded to 4gb.

    I think this year may be an upgrade year for me. If the macbook pros were touchscreen, I would've bought one already.
     
  8. robvas macrumors 68020

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    4GB DDR2 is about $80 :(
     
  9. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    You can get them for little over 40USD on Amazon.
    Not cheaper than DDR3 but not too expensive.
     
  10. teacups thread starter macrumors newbie

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