No idea what RAM to buy

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  1. MacBH928 macrumors 68020

    MacBH928

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    I have a macbook, late 2008 but not sure
    its core 2 duo, unibody, 2 GHz, 2gb RAM

    I want to buy extra RAM but not sure where or which to buy. I am afraid I buy some that doesn't match my laptop's specs.

    Can my macbook handle 8GB of RAM?

    please help!
    About this mac says : 2 GB 1067MHz DDR3
     
  2. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    Go to www.crucial.com and check what they are selling for your exact Macintosh model. They also have an app that you can download and run on your Mac which will tell you what memory.
     
  3. YESimBLUNTED macrumors member

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    You can also check out OWC (www.OtherWorldComputing.com) who has good prices and you can select your exact model MacBook and it will bring up ram that is compatible.
     
  4. The-Pro macrumors 65816

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    You will need: 204-pin PC3-8500 (1066/1067 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM
    Your Aluminium unibody MacBook will support 8GB of RAM (2x4GB)
     
  5. MacBH928 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    thanx for all your replies I will check the sites soon
    the question is, do I need 8 gb RAM or is that too much since I dont do photoshop or video editing for a living. I usually just browse and want to play older games
     
  6. caonimadebi macrumors regular

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    No such thing as too much RAM, especially when PC3-8500 8GB kits can be found for as low as $40 in a recent Newegg deal.
     
  7. MacinDoc macrumors 68020

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    ramseeker.com keeps an up-to-date listing of prices from most of the bigger distributors, making it easy to find the least expensive RAM currently available. You can look up what you need by the model of your MacBook (older models are in the drop-down menus of the configurator).
     
  8. MacBH928 thread starter macrumors 68020

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  9. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    2008 was a transition year for the Mac laptops. The pre unibody machines supported a max of 6 GB ram. They had front DVD slots and silver keys. The unibody was introduced in late '08 and had a max of 8GB ram. That machine has a side DVD slot and black keys. You may have been looking at the wrong machine. Try OWC at macsales.com.

    You can also go by the machine identifier number. It's in the About This Mac window under the Apple Menu. 4.1 is limited to 6GB, anything higher is 8GB.

    Dale

    BTW, 6GB is 4+2.
     
  10. The-Pro macrumors 65816

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    my friends 2008 aluminium macbook has 8GB inside and 8 are recognized and can be used. Also several sources (wikipedia, other websites and a program called mactracker which is pretty convenient) all said 8GB was the maximum supported, whilst Apple said it was 4GB
     
  11. NutsNGum macrumors 68030

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    I'd go for this one, he looks like he's having a whale of a time!
     
  12. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    You can use 8 for sure, but it sounds like 4GB would be enough for you if you didn't want to spend the extra (not that it's a whole lot extra anymore)
     
  13. greenbulb macrumors newbie

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    8GB would be overkill for you, i would only get it if your gonna use memory intensive programs such as photoshop or final cut pro etc...
     

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