Want to Upgrade 3 different Macs

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Superman730, Nov 30, 2014.

  1. Superman730 macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2012
    Hi everyone, I'm hoping you can help me. For Christmas I wanted to upgrade my brother's Macbook Pro, my wife's Macbook, and if there's spare parts afterward, also upgrade out Mac Mini.

    The Macbook is a Macbook5,1 with a 2GHz Core 2 Duo and 2GB of RAM.
    The Macbook Pro is a MacbookPro7,1 with a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo and 4GB of RAM.
    The Mac Mini is a MacMini5,1 with a 2.3GHz i5 with 2GB of RAM.

    For the two laptops I purchased both of them Crucial M500 240GB hard drives. They seemed like the best bang for the buck. Not as fast as the Samsung 850s but not as expensive either.

    Now my real conundrum is RAM. I would like to max out the two laptops in RAM but from what I saw the RAM for the Macbook is really expensive for some reason. For those that have upgraded your RAM, what is the max you have done and where have you gotten it? Did you go with Apple memory or is that all smoke and mirrors? And if I upgrade the MacBook Pro's RAM, can I use that RAM in the Mac Mini? Any help here is appreciated, I've never bought RAM for an Apple machine before and I'm a little nervous of getting the wrong items.
  2. cycledance Suspended

    Oct 15, 2010
    there is no such thing as "apple ram"

    the first thing you do is look up the specs of these machines.


    max 8GB ram
    2 slots
    PC3-8500 DDR3 1066mhz

    macbook pro

    max 16gb ram
    2 slots
    PC3-8500 DDR3 1066mhz

    mac mini

    max 16gb ram
    2 slots
    PC3-10600 DDR3 1333 MHz

    you can't use the macbook ram for the mac mini.
  3. Superman730 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2012
    Thanks for your expertise! Newegg for some reason seems to be only stocking things from some unknown Asian supplier, so I checked Amazon. If there's somewhere else you guys get RAM, let me know.

    If I'm looking at this correct like than my Mac Mini would use this:

    The MacBook Pro can run this (I can't find 16GB, so I might have to settle for 8):

    And I maybe I can put the 4GB from the Pro into the MacBook for the time being to save some $ (although ~$70 isn't bank breaking when we're talking about apple products...)

    Does that sound good?
  4. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    I have noticed the same thing. I've been temptd to upgrade the ram in my mini, just because I can :D and I am not in the mood to open it up and stick an ssd in.
    But with 130€ for 2x8gb sticks, I thankfully decline. Do you guys have any idea where i can find really cheap, used RAM.
  5. cycledance Suspended

    Oct 15, 2010
    yes u can put the mbp ram into the mb. id look around more for cheaper ram prices. don´t get apple certified stuff. just make sure the type of ram and speed matches.
  6. Neodym macrumors 68000


    Jul 5, 2002

    Why not? It would simply run with 1066MHz in the mini. The difference is only noticeable under rare circumstances.
  7. cycledance Suspended

    Oct 15, 2010
    that'd be a downgrade and i am not sure if it really works so i didn't suggest it.
    i never heard of someone successfully using a lower than minimum speed.

    it's usually better to choose a higher speed but honestly we'd need to research more for that in this case. i know i have higher speed ram in some macs here.
  8. jdphoto macrumors 6502


    Jan 13, 2014
    I usually buy my memory from crucial's website since they have a good return policy and make it easy to find compatible memory, but their price isn't much better than what you're seeing. Even eBay didn't give me good results when looking, though I'm sure if you waited and hunted around you may find something a bit cheaper.
  9. Superman730 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2012
    Just wanted to update the thread and say that I upgraded the Mini and the Pro with their RAM and they are both running 8gigs smoothly and I ran memtest and all the new sticks passed with flying colors. I put the old 4gigs into the Macbook and it's still a little sluggish. I'm probably going to get 8gigs in it sooner than I thought, but we'll see what happens once I put the SSD in.

    BTW I've been running Memory Clean to keep track of the RAM usage and it works like a charm! Idle running on the Macbook has it using 3gigs. And it's doing nothing but running! I have to look into what it's doing in the background because that seems crazy. (The Macbook is running Mavericks BTW).
  10. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Free RAM is wasted RAM. Don't worry if the displayed free memory is almost nil. As long as RAM pressure in Activity Monitor is green, it's running fine.

    You might want to throw in an SSD to get rid of the sluggishness.
  11. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    I'll give a guess here that your MBP 5.1 is limited severely by its harddrive, which is why you still see it being sluggish.

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