The Epic 4GB RAM upgrade, how MUCH would I benefit? And where is it cheapest?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by SavageLLama77, Jul 25, 2007.

  1. SavageLLama77 macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2007

    I just bought a 2.2ghz MBP, and I will connect it to a 23'' display at 1920X1200 resolution. I plan to use the computer for running the following applications, probably at the same time in some instances:

    Multiple Tabs/Windows in Safari, with some of them streaming video
    Multiple Tabs/Windows in Firefox, with some of them streaming video
    Microsoft Office
    Multiple Windows in iChat
    iMovie, iPhoto, or Garageband
    Intensive Games, such as World of Warcraft
    Multiple Clips/Movies in Quicktime Player

    Yes, I have searched on the internet as well as these forums with hazy results, so please don't bash me:)

    1. I just want to know how much this would benefit me. Sure, it may not justify the price of up to $200 because I'm not running "professional apps", but it would be nice to have some noticeable speed difference.

    2. I would also like to know where the cheapest 4GB RAM module is. It used to be OCZ with Frys for $160, but I don't think that exists anymore.

    3. Also, what should I do with my 2GB RAM? Sell? Keep?

    4. On a side note, what, exactly, controls the speed of opening applications?

  2. Multimedia macrumors 603


    Jul 27, 2001
    Santa Cruz CA, Silicon Beach
    $234.99 Omni Optival With Attached Link

    Use This Link To Get Best 4GB Kit. Omni is a very excellent source of RAM with one of the lowest failure rates in the industry. If you are near Fry's they do offer those better deals from time to time if you are patient.

    You will definitely see faster performance with 4GB inside. You can turn off the launch animation in the Dock Preferences to speed up launch times.
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    You're going to hit a hard disk performance wall long before RAM and processor activity running all that at once.
  4. SavageLLama77 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2007
    It'd be great if you could explain that:confused:
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Your hard drive is going to be a bottleneck for performance running all those applications at once.
  6. L3X macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2006
    Chesapeake, VA
    Definitely upgrade to the 7200 rpm HDD to insure faster load speeds. Remember, everything reads from the HDD.

    OWC also has great prices on RAM, cheaper than Omni.
  7. NickD macrumors 6502a


    Mar 25, 2007
    Look at OWC for the RAM, but definitely get a very fast HD before that.
  8. mgargan1 macrumors 65816


    Feb 22, 2003
    Reston, VA
    if you go under activity monitor, which is under applications-> utilities-> activity monitor, you can see how much RAM you're currently using.

    You can also check your page in and page outs... if you have many page outs, then you should consider getting more RAM.

    Hope that helped
  9. DaLurker macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2006
    My page outs were about 1/3 of my page ins and that's when I knew I needed more ram. After upgrading, its much much faster when multi-tasking.

    The most obvious indicator usually is lag as you load a new application. This indicates a page out/page in is occurring.
  10. whateverandever macrumors 6502a

    Nov 8, 2006
    I really think people that recommend Omni are just sales trolls or blind followers of random purchases. A company that brands more expensive ram as "multimedia enhanced" shouldn't be recommended by anyone. They're scamming stupid customers into paying more for the same product.

    Anyway, ranting aside...

    I usually recommend as they almost ALWAYS have the best prices on 2GB modules (or 4GB kits). However, Frys seems to have a drought of 2GB modules recently.

    So... for the cheapest, best RAM... from a reliable seller...

    We've got Newegg. 2GB Patriot DDR2-667MHz chips @ $99.99 + $5 shipping after $20 rebate. Sadly, one rebate per customer.

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