Recommendations on RAM and SSD upgrade for my 2011 Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nizmoz, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. nizmoz macrumors 65816

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    Guys, I am looking to upgrade my new just purchased today MBP 15" 2011. I currently have a 750gb HD, and 4gb of ram.

    What is the fastest, best ram and SSD you guys recommend I get that works reliable with this machine? I will be doing video editing, photo editing, so I will need some processing power no doubt and speed.

    Also I see some say 16gb is max? I saw 8gb on the site but I guess it's possible? Any info would be great!
     
  2. 2hvy4grvty macrumors 6502

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    I don't care how hardcore gamer/photoshop you are, you won't notice the difference between 1333 and 1600 RAM. Your WEI scores will go up, but that's about it.

    8 gb vs 16 gb is based on your needs. No one knows your needs but you.

    SSD is kinda the same thing. I'd go with a cheap 64 GB SATA III SSD as a boot drive with common applications, and the 750 gb as media drive. There's no need to go all out and shell out a grand for a 512 SATA SSD if all you're going to do is put music, photos, videos, and games on there.
     
  3. Dark Void macrumors 68030

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    ^

    as for ram - get the cheapest 8gb laptop module kit that you can find. i would keep an eye on newegg daily memory deals. i would also recommend that you simply buy based on the frequency that your mbp was shipped with...in this case 1333mhz.
     
  4. nizmoz thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I went ahead and purchased the $50 gskill kit from newegg that was on sale for $20 off. 1333mhz and people were recommending it. I was going to get the HyperX but for $60 more didn't think it was worth it.
     
  5. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    The fastest SSD? OCZ Vertex 3 Maxiops. No doubt.

    You'll loose some battery life though.
     
  6. jbjones85 macrumors member

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    I went with Crucial 8gm from newegg for around $70 and an OWC SSD (120gb sata 3)
     
  7. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    Newegg and Amazon has 8GB for cheap prices under $100.
    Apple only says 8GB max on MBP's although the Sandy Bridge Technology lets you put 16GB MAX. Although 16GB means more money.
    Nearly $1.6K...
     
  8. nizmoz thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yep, going to get a SSD for it, but haven't decided what yet and how much space I can live with.
     
  9. ABadSanta macrumors regular

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    From newegg, i ordered 8 GB of G Skill DDR3 1333 mhz for $74.99 with free shipping. I'm pretty sure it's down to 69.99, so go check it out. I installed it before i booted the computer up for the first time and it works perfectly.
     
  10. Dark Void macrumors 68030

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    it just got off sale for $50, OP scooped up a kit before it expired.
     
  11. ABadSanta macrumors regular

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    I know. I both love and hate newegg...
     

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