I got asked this today, so thought I would share my answer here as I feel that RAM for your computer is the best upgrade you can do for both your Mac or PC and with RAM prices being so cheap right now, a hundred bucks goes pretty far, and if you can afford to double that hundred dollars to two hundred dollars you’ll find you may be able to buy not only enough RAM to fill your notebook or desktop, but if you can live with a smaller sized boot drive you can also upgrade to a SSD for even more savings.
$100 worth of RAM
You could easily fill any 2011 notebook with enough RAM for the hundred bucks, and unless you are in the need for 16GB of RAM in a notebook with only 2 memory upgrade slots, 8GB of RAM is more cost efficient and with rebate, costs close to a third of that cost overall.
Corsair notebook RAM is the cheapest 8GB RAM I could find and with a rebate until the end of the month that drops the price down to $37, you’re not even anywhere near your hundred dollar budget and for most notebooks, the 8GB RAM Upgrade is more than enough and you’ll still increase the performance of your notebook for much less than the hundred dollars you have set aside.
There’s even more choice when it comes to buying a new hard drive to replace the stock and ever shrinking stock hard drive that came with your computer. You can buy a big conventional hard drive if you care more about storage space than speed, or if a faster hard drive i what you’re after replace the drive you have with a much faster (but smaller) SSD drive. 60GB SSD’s are under $100 and 128BB SSD’s are dropping in price too if you can wait a bit longer before you upgrade to a solid state drive.
Another option is the Seagate Momentus XP that offers the best of both worlds: 4gb of SSD storage for your operating system and othet commonly used files and 500GB of storage space so you’re not limited to drive space. This is especially important for notebook computer users who want to carry all their files with them for easy access at any time.