Updating your own RAM question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by BostonBrawler, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. BostonBrawler macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2011
    Hi all. Have a mid 2010 17" 2.8 GHz MBP i7.

    Memory is a 4g 1067 MHz DDR3. Says the upgrade would be PC3-8500 DDR3 1066 MHz on the website.

    So on the Apple website, they sell the 8g upgrade.

    My question is, do I have to use their brand, or is there an equivalent/better memory card(s) I could purchase? I saw online that I could get some for around $60 vs apples $400.

    So other than the 'its apple they can charge what they want' answer, is there a reason for their price increase? Is it better for the machine to have a native product?

    If not, what would you recommend?

  2. -tWv-, Jul 21, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2011

    -tWv- macrumors 68000


    May 11, 2009
    Do NOT buy RAM upgrades from Apple, they are ridiculously expensive. It doesn't make a difference whether the RAM is from apple, there is no difference in quality but it is covered under their warranty if it is apple RAM.

    I get all my RAM from macsales.com. They offer really great prices and have install videos and basically everything you need to successfully upgrade your existing mac hardware. Don't pay the extra money for the same thing :)
  3. BostonBrawler thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2011
    Great thanks, just did that.

    Another question from a novice - once I swap out the memory, will the computer automatically detect and change the settings in my 'about this mac' section?
  4. bjett92 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2007
    Indy, IN
    Yep. Check there to make sure it shows the correct amount to ensure the RAM is seated properly.

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