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Hi all,
I'm headed to college this fall and I would like to upgrade the ram on my mid-2010 macbook pro 2.66GHz core i7. This is the 17" model, if it matters at all.

Right now I have 4GB 1067 MHz DDR3. I've read that I can't or shouldn't go higher than 8gb, but I think 8gb will be a big improvement. I'll be a photo major, so a little more pep in photoshop would be nice.

I was wondering where the best place is to buy replacement ram for this "old" macbook pro. I found 1067 DDR3 ram 2x4GB on amazon, good reviews, but also some bad...One of which says it didn't work with mid-2010 2.66GHz i7.... Is it important that I stick with the "1067 MHz DDR3"? Excuse my lack of knowledge on the subject.

Also, another quick question... The battery doesn't seem to hold a charge like it used to. No big deal, but I was also wondering if I can pick up a replacement battery for it, somewhere? Best brand? Place to find one?

Thank you very much in advance. I appreciate any input on this topic!
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I've read that I can't or shouldn't go higher than 8gb, but I think 8gb will be a big improvement.
This is because 8gig of ram is the max. for this computer. You cannot go with more than 8gig...simply because it wouldn't work!

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I was wondering where the best place is to buy replacement ram for this "old" macbook pro.
- OWC
- Crucial.com

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...but I was also wondering if I can pick up a replacement battery for it, somewhere? Best brand? Place to find one?
Your local Apple Store...or Apple.com.

HTH,

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Thank you very much Nick. One question, why is this ram... OWC OWC8566DDR3S8GP 8.0GB (4.0GB + 4.0GB Kit)... in stock at OWC ..

1066MHz, and my laptop says 1067MHz? Does it not matter. Here's what my specs are.... If this is what I need to get, I will order it. Thank you very much.
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One question, why is this ram...and my laptop says 1067MHz? Does it not matter. Here's what my specs are.... If this is what I need to get, I will order it. Thank you very much.
That's because 1066mhz ram is actually 1066.666666666666mhz. So if it's rounded...it would be 1067mhz.

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Thanks Nick. Now I see crucial is $10 less. On OWC the ram is 1.5V, on Crucial it's 1.35V. I've read that they can be nterchangeable, but which is "original" to my mid 2010 macbook pro? I see on crucial that it says "the less voltage used by the module the better"...? How do I find out what the current voltage rating of my RAM is?
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Thanks Nick. Now I see crucial is $10 less. On OWC the ram is 1.5V, on Crucial it's 1.35V. I've read that they can be nterchangeable, but which is "original" to my mid 2010 macbook pro? I see on crucial that it says "the less voltage used by the module the better"...? How do I find out what the current voltage rating of my RAM is?
You're turning this into a PhD. project.

Trust me...what Crucial or OWC have listed for your computer is the correct ram.

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- Computer slow, too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
- Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some speedup tips: Speedup
- Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
- Apple Battery Info. Battery
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