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Saturday, January 31, 2015

I updated the RAM on my Macbook Pro =|

It's a bittersweet day: I have just prolonged the life of my Macbook Pro by updating from 4GB of RAM to 8GB of RAM. The irrational side of me wants new gear! But the rational side is like $85.00 for more years out of your current system is way more reasonable than spending $2000 on new gear ($2000 because I pay a premium for Apple stuff and because I'm going to max off the specs, duh. I'm eyeing a 16GB of RAM system!). But I want new gear . . .

It was actually on sale for $79.00.
It was a pretty simple process: unscrew a couple of screws, lift the lid, pop out the old RAM, and snap in the new RAM. I'm currently running some memory tests to make sure the RAM is good. But so far, everything seems a-okay.

It's that patch of green with 8 rectangles (ICs).
My current specs for my Macbook Pro stand at:

Processor: 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Ram: 8GB DDR3 1067 MHz
Harddrive: 320GB (5400-rpm)
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 320M 256 MB

Yes, everything is on the older side. I could use a new processor and a solid state hard drive would probably make things a lot more snappier and I could probably run more graphics intensive applications with a new graphics card. But it's nothing I can't live with. Despite wanting new gear, I'm pretty attached to this Macbook. It got me through undergrad! So the RAM upgrade was needed. It's also the easiest thing to upgrade; my system was really starting to crawl: I was regularly seeing the beachball of death . . .  And here I am bittersweet.

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