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Aug 19, 2010

My current setup:

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10.6.4 and Windows XP (Bootcamp/Parallels)
4GB RAM

I've read that I can bump my RAM up to 6GB (despite Apple's said 4GB limit) and with a current sale, I can get a 4GB module pretty cheap so I'm thinking "why not?". I'm planning on installing Windows 7 as well as playing more games on my laptop (my PS3 broke down on me). Would I realize any noticeable performance difference with the extra RAM in Windows 7 and/or OSX?

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I just went to the Apple store, and my friend (actually she is older than I am, like 15 years in difference. Just got friendly, so I call her 'friend') suggested me 100$ for 4GB upgrade. She told me that it's not possible to upgrade the RAM after the payment, but she is able to do it for me.
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