RAM, I don't know what to search.

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  1. JustOneQuickONe, Apr 11, 2009
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    JustOneQuickONe macrumors 6502

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    Huge noob question, I have a macbook with these specs
    Model Name: MacBook
    Model Identifier: MacBook2,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 4 MB
    Memory: 1 GB
    Bus Speed: 667 MHz


    and am looking to upgrade RAM. I'm not exactly sure what to search since RAM brings up way too many results. How much RAM can I put in my computer, I know the new ones can take 4GB but what about the older whitebooks? This should stop the beachball from coming up so often along with improving performance right? What do you guys recommend put in and where do most of you buy from?

    Thanks
     
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Crucial's Memory advisor tool can assist you with everything you need to know.
    http://www.crucial.com/

    I have two GB in my MacBook, and it works nicely.
     
  3. bchreng macrumors 6502a

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    I've always used Crucial brand memory in my Macs and they have never let me down. I'd recommend using Crucial's memory search program to find out what type of memory is best suited for your Macbook as well as how much it can hold.

    http://www.crucial.com/
     
  4. brop52 macrumors 68000

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    Yours is a Rev B Macbook. You can install 2X2GB (4GB) but it will use 3.3GB of it.

    Here is the cheapest: $36.49 from Newegg. Use this for cash back ($5 and 2%)
     
  5. JustOneQuickONe thread starter macrumors 6502

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    how do I figure out my Macbook model number? Something like MA######
     
  6. JustOneQuickONe thread starter macrumors 6502

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    is it quality though? So If I were to just upgrade to 2 it wouldn't use all 2GB, just curious but why doesn't it use it all?
     
  7. brop52 macrumors 68000

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    MA700LL/A. I already gave you the link to the correct RAM. ;)

    It is quality RAM. I've upgraded a lot of notebooks with the G.Skill 2X2GB RAM. It won't use 4GB because that's the hardware limitation set by Apple. It uses about 3.3GB. If you upgrade to 2GB it would be able to use all of it but because you have shared VRAM it is actually slightly less than 2GB. You might as well upgrade to 4GB as the price difference is negligible. $22.99 for 2X1GB.
     
  8. JustOneQuickONe thread starter macrumors 6502

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    could I upgrade to three haha. But for a little over $10 I might as well upgrade to four. Thanks for all the help.
     
  9. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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  10. brop52 macrumors 68000

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    It's usually great. Only problem is when the Apple stated spec isn't the actual maximum.
     
  11. JustOneQuickONe thread starter macrumors 6502

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    so I kept putting it off and now the price went up... not by much but any idea on why it went up or when it'll come back down. I'm a poor college kid so that ten dollars goes pretty far :D
     
  12. brop52 macrumors 68000

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    Well you could get this Corsair set for $37.99 plus $2.99 shipping. ($40.98 vs. $44.99 on the G.Skill set)
     
  13. JustOneQuickONe thread starter macrumors 6502

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    is one better than the other, performance or quality wise?
     
  14. brop52 macrumors 68000

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    They are all the same. I just picked the cheapest with the most reviews.
     

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