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New MBP-Question about Memory and Hard Drive
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RickR
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Jun 5, 2007, 11:02 AM
 
I'm getting ready to place an order now. I just have two questions.

Memory: Apple's memory is expensive. I want to max it out at 4 gigs so what memory do I get? What type of memory do I buy? Is it the same memory that the previous C2D mac used?

Hard Drive: I really want the 200 gig hard drive but performance is important to me. Is there a big speed decrease in the 200 gig hard drive since it's 4200 vs. 5400rpm? If so I'm staying with 160 gigs but my second question then is is there a big performance jump going up to the 160 gig 7200 rpm drive? Is it going to make a big difference in battery life?
     
tiger
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Jun 5, 2007, 11:14 AM
 
Apple's specs say that it uses PC2-5300 667mhz Memory which is the same as the previous generation Pros.

The 4200 will be a major slowdown compared to a 5400, I would recommend staying with the 5400 160.
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Jun 5, 2007, 11:33 AM
 
4200 vs 5400, 5400 hands down. 5400 vs 7200 rpm not worth the extra cost IMO
     
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Jun 5, 2007, 11:43 AM
 
Thanks for the quick reply. I found this option for Patriot Memory. Is this a good option?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220229

I know it voids warranty but I think I'll keep the standard 160gig HD and someday upgrade to one of the new 250GB 5400 rpm hard drives or even larger a year down the road or so.
     
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Jun 5, 2007, 11:53 AM
 
That's the same type of ram the MacBook Pros use, as Far as it being a good option, I've never used Patriot ram before.
     
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Jun 5, 2007, 12:59 PM
 
Go with the 5400rpm drive and someone posted a link on another post for gskill 2gb sticks for $135 at newegg.

here is the link:
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Notebook Memory - Retail
     
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Jun 5, 2007, 01:04 PM
 
I just placed my order!
Where are most people buying them from? I know many places like Amazon, etc. don't get them this fast. I have a Apple Business Agent I deal with. Since you buy directly from the store through them you get them fast through the Apple store. How many others use Apple Business Agents on here? What I like about this Agent is if you contact him first before ordering often he can throw something in extra for free. Sometimes it's been things such as software such as Parallels, books on Mac OS X, even in one case extra memory. I just negotiate every purchase before I order. What are other people's experience with Apple Business Agents on here? If you are interested I use his store at The Apple Store (U.S.). His web site is AVC Consulting - Home and I think his email is [email protected]
     
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Jun 7, 2007, 01:50 AM
 
I was planning to get mine BTO, but when the specs were announced I decided none of the custom build options interested me and just went to the Apple Store and picked one up. I will buy another 4GB of RAM far cheaper than Apple would have charged for the upgrade.
     
   
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