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    Upgrading Ram
    Well i have the stock C2D macbook, as you know you get 2 x 512 ram. I would like to go up to 2gb of ram, but cannot afford 2 1gb sticks at once at the moment (student)

    Would buying 1gb ram stick and using that with 1 x 512 stick be an improvement over the 2x 512. I know its best to match your ram, but will it still work better as they will be 1512 Ram installed.

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    Yes, it will still work. The speed increase you get from matched pairs is barely noticeable, if at all. You'll see a bigger improvement going to 1.5Gb, rather than keeping your matched pairs.
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    yes you will notice a significant increase in "performance." i hear alot that the matching of the sticks is completely overrated, it works just as good without the matched sticks. nothing to worry about

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    Thanks guys

    So would setting 512 for xp and 1gb for osx be ok for using paralells

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    i am not sure if the ram works like that, i think itll use the ram for whatever OS you are using, if you are going to be using paralells i would suggest getting 2x1GB sticks. i have heard that from quite a few different people around the forum

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    Quote Originally Posted by surfwax95 View Post
    Yes, it will still work. The speed increase you get from matched pairs is barely noticeable, if at all. You'll see a bigger improvement going to 1.5Gb, rather than keeping your matched pairs.
    So if I go get 2X1 gig sticks it'll barely be noticeable from my 2X512 sticks? That sounds unbelievable. Also I read that if you are using 2 different sticks, say a 512 and a 1g, then the system will not operate at its optimum. The info was from an online store, so they may have been trying to just sell 2 sticks at a time Vs only getting Joe Consumer for one stick :blind: I am new to this awsome OS and machine so I'm interested in getting all the info I can. Also I'm interested in upgrading my 1Gig MB to a 2g but want to know what kinda differences I can expect

    By the way is $249 -$65 trade in rebate a good deal?

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    i was at the mac store asking this same question. they told me that the computer could possibly not function right with just one stick.

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