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    I am going to be upgrading my MacBook's RAM soon. Its still got the standard 512mb that came with them back around when they first came out. I'm just not sure which RAM to get, and whether to upgrade to 1GB or just for the **** of it get 2GB. What actual difference would having 2GB instead of 1GB actually make?

    The main two makes I have been looking at are Kingston and Crucial.
    Kingston RAM would cost 43.34 for 1GB(2x512mb) and 79.03 for 2GB(2x1gb)
    Crucial RAM is 28.19 for 1GB(2x512mb) and 56.39 for 2GB(2x1gb).

    The Kingston RAM comes with a lifetime warranty, but I still dont know whether its worth the extra money. Anyone had any experience with Crucial RAM? Is it reliable etc?
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    Crucial RAM is great. If you buy from apple, you'll receive Crucial RAM.

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    Except from apple it costs about £110 for 2gb??

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    Crucial.

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    I've never used Crucial, but I've heard nothing but good things about it. I personally wouldn't pay extra for the Kingston. I would however spring for a full 2g of memory. You will almost certainly notice the difference, particularly if you ever decide to run Parallels.

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    go for the crucial and go for the 2gb

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    Is 2GB the maximum a MacBook can take?
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    also consider www.macsales.com as another option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Verted View Post
    Is 2GB the maximum a MacBook can take?
    As far as the specs say, yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Verted View Post
    Is 2GB the maximum a MacBook can take?

    3GB is, but 2GB is recommended so that you have an equal amount of RAM (1GB) in each slot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaline View Post
    3GB is, but 2GB is recommended so that you have an equal amount of RAM (1GB) in each slot.
    Actually, I think it is 2GB for a MacBook and 3GB for the MacBook Pros.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattlike View Post
    Actually, I think it is 2GB for a MacBook and 3GB for the MacBook Pros.
    It has been tested. A Macbook will recognize 3GB if you insert 2GB + 1GB in the slots, or even if you upped it and put 2GB into each slot. The advertised capacity is 2GB RAM though, since it's usually better to have an equal amount of RAM in each slot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaline View Post
    It has been tested. A Macbook will recognize 3GB if you insert 2GB + 1GB in the slots, or even if you upped it and put 2GB into each slot. The advertised capacity is 2GB RAM though, since it's usually better to have an equal amount of RAM in each slot.
    Cool Although from what I have read the benefits for having matching sticks isn't as great as most think it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaline View Post
    It has been tested. A Macbook will recognize 3GB if you insert 2GB + 1GB in the slots, or even if you upped it and put 2GB into each slot. The advertised capacity is 2GB RAM though, since it's usually better to have an equal amount of RAM in each slot.
    So you could (Although not advised) put 2gb in each slot, for 4gb of ram?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Verted View Post
    So you could (Although not advised) put 2gb in each slot, for 4gb of ram?
    Physically, you could but I am willing to bet like the iMac it will only recognize 3GB of RAM.

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