7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 5, 2012 7:47 AM by coander15
StevePat Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

Hi,

 

I am thinking of upgraing my macbook pro

17" Early 2011 2.2Ghz i7

Model: MacBookPro8,3

it's only the base model 

 

I wanna put in a

OWC 6G 128GB SSD

a 7200RPM segate HDD

and i would like to upgrade my RAM

but i am not sure weather i can upgrade to 16GB or just 8GB

im worried if i get the 16GB kit it wont work if anyone could help

i will be greatful

 

thanks

 


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3), early 2011 ,17" 4GB, 2.2Ghz i7
  • 1. Re: Macbook Pro RAM upgrade
    coander15 Level 3 Level 3 (545 points)

    The 16GB RAM kit will work as long as it meet the specifications (DDR3, 1333MHz, 2x8GB sticks) for the Early 2011 Memory upgrade. However adding 16GB of RAM can be very unpractical. You should be able to do fine with only 8GB or RAM. The Early 2011 MBPs are the first MacBooks to accept over 8GB of RAM. 16GB will work, but you should think...do you really need it? 8GB is even a little high. If your not the average user than I would recommend 16GB, otherwise just install 8GB you'll be happy you did.

  • 2. Re: Macbook Pro RAM upgrade
    coander15 Level 3 Level 3 (545 points)

    Here is the link to upgrading MBP memory: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1270#link6

  • 3. Re: Macbook Pro RAM upgrade
    coander15 Level 3 Level 3 (545 points)

    Glad I helped!

  • 4. Re: Macbook Pro RAM upgrade
    StevePat Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    I do know what your getting at there but i plan to use my macbook a my main mac for 10yrs or more so i dont want to have to upgrade to 16GB later because i need to to keep up to date so i would like to make it as fast as possible so it will last

  • 5. Re: Macbook Pro RAM upgrade
    coander15 Level 3 Level 3 (545 points)

    Trust me, 8GB will do the job. Unless you are running 50+ applications at once you don't need more than 8GB of RAM. Save that extra money an put it towards a new hard drive in 6 years. 16GB will not increase your performance, or keep your machine running like new for 10 years. Unless your running multiple high-end applications at once. It won't increase performance.

  • 6. Re: Macbook Pro RAM upgrade
    OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (25,820 points)

    coander 15 is pretty much on target.  The average user today will rarely if ever be using 16 Gb of RAM.

     

    However in the future as applications may become more complex, that may and probably will change.  I suggest that you can make the upgrade then.  The advantage of  doing it then is that the prices for 16 Gb Ram will be much lower.  About a year ago, a 16 Gb upgrade was over $1000.  Now its about $250.  A year from now it may well be less that $100

     

    Buy a good external HDD instead and add RAM when you really need it.

     

    Ciao.

  • 7. Re: Macbook Pro RAM upgrade
    coander15 Level 3 Level 3 (545 points)

    OGELTHORPE wrote:

     

    About a year ago, a 16 Gb upgrade was over $1000.  Now its about $250.  A year from now it may well be less that $100

     

     

     

    Ciao.

    Yes, that is true prices are coming down on both RAM and SSDs. Both are becoming more attractive as time passes.