Currently Being ModeratedJan 17, 2013 4:47 AM (in response to christine5431)
You'll pay 2X more for memory from Apple, which they don't manufacture, they just resell. Two reliable sources of memory are OWC and Crucial (those links should take you to the memory for your system). And yes, looking at your screenshot, you can use more memory for what you run, as page outs should be no more than 10% to 15% of page ins.
When you upgrade, recommend buying 2 of the same sized memory cards, as the Intel-based memory system runs faster that way. So, that would be two 4GB cards, for example.
PS. You can usually find a 5% off coupon and free shipping on Crucial from sites like retailmenot.com.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 25, 2013 1:26 AM (in response to christine5431)
Thanks so much for the help. I received the new memory from Crucial, but then I saw some other reviews that said this upgrade actually slowed things down... thoughts?
Here is what I purchased from Crucial:
-CT3309229 Upgrade for a Apple MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 (13-inch DDR3) Early-2011
-2-4GB DDR3L-1333 SODIMM MAC
Currently Being ModeratedJan 25, 2013 4:15 AM (in response to christine5431)
You did good. That upgrade will not slow anything down.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 25, 2013 5:30 AM (in response to christine5431)
I've used Crucial memory for years in a number of different systems, with no issues or regrets. You got the right memory and your system should run better with it.