Trying to decide on RAM for Early 2011 13' Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by trudeljb, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. trudeljb macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2011
  2. 24Frames macrumors regular

    Mar 23, 2012
    Nothing much to choose between them.

    Having said that I would buy the Crucial, directly from Crucial. That way you can buy it using the selector based on your MBP model for additional security.

    Make sure that you have the correct screwdrivers for the job. Otherwise you need to order those as well. Don't try to remove the screws without the correct screwdriver it could be disastrous!
  3. Medic278 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 1, 2012
    New York
    I also would buy form crucial. Crucial is highly recommended and one of the better products out there. That being said there is not much difference, RAM is RAM more or less.
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Any phillips or flat head head screwdriver that is small enough to fit will work. Not really sure why you're worried about it being a "disaster." The screws come out very easily.
  5. 24Frames, Apr 20, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2012

    24Frames macrumors regular

    Mar 23, 2012
    I'm not worried, it is not my computer!

    However I have done a RAM upgrade on an MBP 17 (early 2011), and the screws are very small. If you don't use the correct screwdriver you run the risk of damaging the screw heads which could make it impossible to get into the case.

    It seems prudent to use the correct tools for the job given the cost of the hardware.

    I am pretty sure that the correct screwdriver is a Philips #00.
    Apple may have moved to using smaller screws in the early 2011 updates.
    Here is a link to show you how.
  6. trudeljb thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2011
    A friend of mine had told me that he never bought anything but CoSair, but from what I've read on here it either 1) doesn't matter what brand you buy, or 2) everyone seems to trust Crucial with their RAM.

    I should be good with installation. Thanks
  7. charliex5 macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    I've upgraded RAM a few times and it's no big deal. On my 13" I had a small screw driver set and one of them fit. Not sure what size it was. I usually just browse newegg for what I want and read the reviews to make sure it will work with what I've got.
  8. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    One reason to recommend Crucial is that they let you pick your exact Macintosh model and will sell you the appropriate RAM for that exact model. So you don't risk recommending something and then it turns out to be the wrong memory.

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