RAM: 2GB vs 4GB?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by neifichicken, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. neifichicken macrumors newbie

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    I am definitely going to be picking up a new Macbook soon, but I just wanted to hear some opinions on processor speed and RAM.

    Is it worth it to double the RAM (from 2 to 4) for 180 dollars?
    What about buying the macbook with 2.4 GHZ vs 2.0 GHZ???

    What are the pros and cons?

    My usage for laptops: Primarily just internet, music, watching videos, hooking it up to my TV and watching videos, office programs, and sometimes using stats programs (like mySQL or R). I might also occasionally dabble in some light video editing, such as turning small video files into GIF's

    Advice?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It's still cheaper to buy it and install it yourself...
     
  3. neifichicken thread starter macrumors newbie

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    how easy is that? I see the guide on this forum about RAM, but is it really that simple? I've never really done anything like this before
     
  4. BornAgainMac macrumors 603

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    4 GB is still under $100 that is the same quality or better than from Apple.
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Keep in mind it's DDR3 SODIMMs...
     
  6. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

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  7. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    There are very few people who actually need 4GB. Your use sounds like you won't need any more than 2GB.
     
  8. MikeyTree macrumors 6502

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    There's a difference between needing 4gb, and finding 4gb to be useful.

    None of the programs that the OP mentioned are especially RAM-intensive, but if he plans on using several at the same time, the 4gb could be very handy. I recently upgraded to 4GB, because my MBP would become a bit laggy when running several programs at once - Word, a couple windows of Safari, Skim (a PDF reader), and maybe iTunes and/or a torrent client in the background.
     
  9. exo3001 macrumors newbie

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    is it even possible to upgrade RAM by yourself for the new macbook pros?
     
  10. b_boy macrumors newbie

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    I think more importantly will these machines support more than 4 gb in the future when you'll really want it. Snow leopard promises 64 bit, but will these machines support more RAM?
     
  11. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    Currently with Transmit, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, NetNewsWire, iTunes, Safari, ImageWell and Adium running I'm not noticing any slowdown with 2GB. Activity Monitor says I'm using 1.6GB.
     
  12. mac4matt macrumors member

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    If it's only $180 to upgrade from Apple, you might as well go that route if that's what you want/need. From what I've seen, the prices aren't much better for 1066Mhz DDR3 So-dimms from Newegg. (GSkill = $169)
     
  13. applefriend2008 macrumors member

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    i thought it was $135 to upgrade from 2gb to 4gb ram on macbooks.
     
  14. jbrenn macrumors 6502a

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    150 non student 135 student. The ram upgrade is actually worth it this time the cheapest i found was in the $160 range unless someone found it cheaper. Crucial 140 with it being so close in price i would just buy from apple
     
  15. digitalfrog macrumors regular

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    Same here in Europe.... looks like the best deals from other internet shops are just a bit cheaper than Apple... so not worth the trouble.
     

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