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MacBook Pro 1.83ghz newbie...Ram question


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Just purchased a used MBP 1.83 ghz w/ 512mb ram off of ebay (have not received the MBP yet) but I am already interested in upgrading the ram.

Here are my plans for the MBP: Install Leopard 10.5, install Winblows XP (for work application) and VMWare Fusion.

I always think "more is better", so is 4gb (2X2gb) mushkin ram sufficient, not enough, or overkill? I assume there are 2 memory slots for the 2x ram, correct?

Newegg.com has this ram for $130 here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820146697

Is this ram sufficient, and is this a good price, or is there a better alternative?

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that is a really good price for the ram, but you need to provide more info for us to answer the "overkill or sufficient" question. Personally for me it would be overkill, but i'd be prepared for the future.

What do you use your computer for?

What programs would you run, and what would you run all at the same time?
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The 1.83Ghz MBP uses the Core Duo processor.

It cannot use more than 2GB of RAM. Anything more is a waste of money.

The Core2Duo can use up to 3GB or RAM you can put in 4GB and it will see it but a motherboard limitation prevents all 4GB from being addressed.

Only the Santa Rosa based Core2Duo MBPs (release last July) can address 4GB of RAM.

Don't waste your money. Get 2 x 1GB of SoDIMM.
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Don't waste your money. Get 2 x 1GB of SoDIMM.
Yup.
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The 1.83Ghz MBP uses the Core Duo processor.

It cannot use more than 2GB of RAM. Anything more is a waste of money.

The Core2Duo can use up to 3GB or RAM you can put in 4GB and it will see it but a motherboard limitation prevents all 4GB from being addressed.

Only the Santa Rosa based Core2Duo MBPs (release last July) can address 4GB of RAM.

Don't waste your money. Get 2 x 1GB of SoDIMM.
Thanks, just what I needed to know...that will save me ~$70 (nice dinner for me and my better half) :^)-
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Thanks, just what I needed to know...that will save me ~$70 (nice dinner for me and my better half) :^)-
That's a week's worth of groceries for me and my better half!

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That's a week's worth of groceries for me and my better half!
lol. With 3 children under 4 yrs old, that is about a weeks worth of milk and diapers for us!! Groceries are extra! :^)-
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