Can I upgrade my MacBook Pro to 8 GB?

It is an early 2011 15" MacBook Pro, System Profiler says it's a "MacBookPro8,2". Memory shows 2 banks with 2GB DIMMs, so presumably the upgrade involves removing these and replacing them. Oddly, it says ECC: Disabled, which was a surprise.
Also, I'm running Istat and it shows Wired Memory as 943 MB!
The point of this is to try to get Aperture running above a crawl. Every time I touch a slider I have to sit and wait, unless I've remembered to close down pretty much every other applicatinon.

Yes, you can run your machine with 6, 8, 10, 12 or 16GB by replacing one or both of your present modules with a 4GB or 8GB module. 3MHz_SDRAM

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    i would like to increase my macbook pro speed, i have 4 gb RAM, 500 Gb HD, 2.3 ghz, what should i upgrade?
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