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I have a MacBook Pro, and it has the standard 4GB of RAM. I do lots of web browsing, running some virtual machines, and doing some video editing on Final Cut Pro. Is 4GB of RAM substantial, or would an upgrade be worth it?

asked Nov 09 '11 at 07:45

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Tux Penguin

edited Nov 09 '11 at 07:45

More memory will be needed if you plan to edit 1080p video

While it can work on 4GB, that only applies if it is the only program you are running.

(compare the cost of adding more before ordering, to the cost of heading to a site like newegg and buying extra memory)

apple charges $200 to go from 4GB to 8GB while newegg charges around $40-50 to buy 8GB

answered Nov 09 '11 at 08:05

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edited Nov 09 '11 at 08:08

Yea, anything below $100 sounds to be worth it.

(Nov 09 '11 at 16:14) Tux Penguin Tux%20Penguin's gravatar image

If you're doing a lot of editing as well as virtual machines, 8GB shouldould make things run more smoothly and allow you to multitask better. I suggest buying aftermarket RAM, though, since it's MUCH cheaper.

answered Nov 09 '11 at 15:03

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answered Nov 09 '11 at 15:16

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i would recommend getting more ram. video editing and virtual machines can use a lot of ram. especially HD video editing. then depending on what you run on the virtual machine you'll need a to too. because most virtual machines you allocate how much RAM you want to give them when you set up the machine. so if you want your virtual machine to have 2 gigs of ram that only leaves 2 for the main os. upgrading to 6 will help a lot but ideally you want as much as possible. you can probably get 2 4 gig cards for like 100. my school sells them for 50 a piece so I'm sure you can find a deal.

answered Nov 09 '11 at 15:27

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RAM is much cheaper now, so I think it would be worth it to ugrage to 8GB.

(Nov 09 '11 at 16:16) Tux Penguin Tux%20Penguin's gravatar image

yea definitely, just don't buy the RAM from apple. some guy above says new egg charges 50. i haven't looked into it much, all i know is its 100 for 2 4gig chips at school. not bad at all. especially for how much better it will handle editing and virtual machines

(Nov 09 '11 at 17:32) GilOsborne GilOsborne's gravatar image

4 gigs of ram on either a PC or a mac. Should be fine if your just doing stuff like internet, word processing, spreadsheets, maybe some some gaming if it is not too intensive, maybe listen or watch video. 8 gigs if your planning to do some video editing or into doing some compilations of some sort where your making a program of some sort. And have a need to swap a lot of files into memory or to the hard drive. Amazingly enough the only time that I have seen computers in general requiring larges amounts of ram were in Servers themselves where they are doing multiple things at the same time. Like web servers, SMTP servers and a few others where memory is at a demand for it. There are some apps that require a minimum of 4-8 gigs of ram. But are either games with high resolution that look like cinema quality.

answered Nov 09 '11 at 23:27

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i use hp notebook which has 4 gigs of ddr3 memory, been using it since last year, my experience has been great, its great both in terms of power + package, never really needed much, ddr3 memory is good, i do lot of web surfing + 3d modelling and things just works fine for me, my windows 7 machine never crashed on me, infact most stable notebooks i ve ever used!

answered Nov 10 '11 at 00:06

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More is always going to be better. Go add some more :D

Also it being a Mac Book Pro are you able to open it to change out the memory for more or larger dims?

I thought they were all enclosed :S

answered Nov 10 '11 at 11:23

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edited Nov 10 '11 at 11:25

For the Mac there are some screws underneath to open it up. Its not like some other laptops where it is just a slide of some sort in order to open the compartment or a single screw in order to open the flap where the memory is located. I had asked one guy from Best buy when I was looking around for a Mac pro 17. They thought that I would be buying the extra memory at the same time with the Mac from Apple and would have been charged the $200 amount from them. I mentioned kindly that I could pickup new elsewhere for a much lower price than what they are offering for their current price of memory that Apple suggest they used.

I am just waiting for the right time to get the money together and pick up one mac pro and get the extra memory elsewhere and a external drive with 3 terabytes drive for back up use for it.

(Nov 10 '11 at 16:40) Compucore Compucore's gravatar image

So if a 15in MacBook Pro baseline model comes with 4GB of RAM then whats wrong with this picture? Using photoshop with a mac running OS X Mountain Lion would not be ideal, if you only have 4GB of RAM. The OS itself takes up about 2GB of RAM. If you are thinking of getting a MacBook Pro that will be running OS X Mountain Lion then get one with 8GB of RAM or upgrade your MacBook from 4GB to 8GB yourself. This is my recommendation based on my experience. Look at your Activity Monitor and see how much free space you have in your RAM usage. Currently my used RAM space is at 5.08GB, well beyond 4GB and I don't have too many programs in use. My MacBook Pro runs much better on 8GB.

answered Sep 06 '12 at 16:24

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If you do that, you'll definitely need at least 8 Gigs of RAM since Mac OS X uses at least 2 GB. When using Final Cut Pro X the more RAM you have the better the App will work. Using Virtual machines will also work better with the more RAM you have

answered Dec 20 '12 at 23:37

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