Should I upgrade to 8GB RAM?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by TW95, May 26, 2010.

  1. TW95 macrumors member

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    Hello all, so basically I am not sure whether to upgrade by MBP's RAM from 4GB to 8GB.

    Any thoughts?
    Any prices for 2 x 4GB Modules?

    Personally I think that Apple's price of nearly £500 for 2 x 4GB RAM modules is utterly ridiculous.

    Does anyone know of a UK shop or website that sells RAM for MBP?
    or
    I am visiting the US in the summer so does anyone know of a place that sells MBP RAM preferably in California. (Not the Apple Store please)

    :)
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You probably don't need it.
     
  3. TW95 thread starter macrumors member

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    4 to 8 RAM

    I was thinking that but sometimes I get things running slowly when using multiple applications. Especially when playing installed games.
     
  4. kellen macrumors 68020

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    What do you do? Do you run multiple OS's? Any page outs?

    Probably not needed my guess. SSD would probably make a more significant impact.
     
  5. Thunder82 macrumors 6502

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    Pretty ridiculous statement without having a clue what he does with his computer.
     
  6. iSpoody 1243 macrumors 6502

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    imho the 13" you have has a 9400m and if its running slow on games its most likely the gpu.
     
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  8. jnpy!$4g3cwk macrumors 65816

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    Run the performance monitor, hidden in the background. When the machine seems slow, look to see if you have a large amount of "green" - free memory. If not, maybe you need an upgrade. If you always have lots of free memory, your slowdown is probably something else. For games it is likely CPU or GPU- I don't think that most Mac games require more than 1 GB memory.

    Work with digital images (Aperture, Photoshop) or movies (Final Cut) needs a lot of memory. And, the real killer is if you have several virtual machines going at once(Windows 7, Linux) - then you need as much memory as your machine will hold.
     
  9. jnpy!$4g3cwk macrumors 65816

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    Unfortunately, there is a premium on all 4 GB DIMMs in all form factors, right now. Maybe there is a technical reason for it, or, does anyone know if this is a patent thing? So, Apple's pricing may be ridiculous, but, don't expect to get 4 GB modules dirt cheap from anyone. In California, there are several electronic "supermarket" chains where you should be able to walk in and buy (e.g. Micro Center, Fry's, etc.)
     
  10. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    And while all thats going, your watching a flash video:D
     
  11. cytefx macrumors member

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    I just upgraded mine in the uk 2x4gb modules cost me under £250 posted, i got them from laptopmonkey on ebay, installed with no issues, have not really got a comparison with 4gb as the memory and hdd was swapped before new laptop was used
     
  12. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Your computer has the shoddy 9400m, that is the reason you're having poor gaming performance, more RAM would most likely be a waste.
     
  13. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Not really. Generally people that need 8 GB of RAM already know they need it.
     
  14. Jof macrumors regular

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    +1

    Once you start watching PIns and POuts, you're gonna end up with 8GB. If you don't know what these are, 4GB is probably doing you just fine. Lol :D
     
  15. dsprimal macrumors 6502a

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    bold statement my mac brother.
     
  16. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    I would say you don't need it. I play some games on mine with 2GB, so I am thinking that your RAM isn't the issue. 8GB is a LOT of RAM, and I can't see spending $500+ on it.
     
  17. kellen macrumors 68020

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    macsales.com has it for less than 300, I got some email and they had it for 270 or so this week. Now its only 299.
     

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