1 GB Stick $64 @ Frys

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  1. scotty588 macrumors 6502

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    It looks like Frys is selling 1GB sticks of PC2-5300 667MHz 200-Pin SO-DIMM for $64.99 which is a great deal. According to crucial.com this is the exact same specs for all all the Macbooks / Macbook pros CD / C2D. Someone correct me if I am wrong. Shipping is free as well.

    http://shop3.outpost.com/product/5045745

    I might pick up one of these to make it an even 2 GB upgrading from 1.5 GB in my Macbook Pro CD.
     
  2. Blown284 macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the heads up. I just ordered two of them so I can have 2gb in my new macbook pro :D
     
  3. Speedracer04 macrumors 6502a

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    Omg...niiiice deal. I wish I had $120 spare to blow though :(
     
  4. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    I never purchase RAM for a Mac unless the seller/manufacturers guarantees it works with my specific Mac. I don't know if this RAM is Mac certified, so until I know for sure I'd stay away.
     
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    scotty588, thanks for the heads up! this is the best price i've seen for RAM, so i just ordered 2 x 1gb sticks to replace the 2 x 512mb sticks in my macbook!
     
  6. mattscott306 macrumors 68040

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    I wish canada ram would come over and give the yay or nay on this.
     
  7. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    I saw this deal last night and immediately ordered 2 for my new MacBook!

    That's asking to be ripped off, in my opinion. There's nothing special about the architecture for Intel Macs that would affect if one brand of memory is more compatible than the other. Macs are now, architecturally, just PCs. ANY DDR2-667 SO-DIMM will work in any Intel mini/iMac/MacBook/MBP. Some brands are indeed more reliable than others, but that has nothing to do with the fact that it's being used in a Mac or regular PC. You're never going to get a deal this good on stuff that's marked as "guaranteed" for Mac, so you're just going to wind up paying more for the exact same thing.
     
  8. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Mac motherboards have traditionally been very pick about RAM timing, number of chips, etc. I'm not going to assume that just because the processor has change, so has everything else. I have always purchased my RAM at very reasonable prices and can honestly say that I have never been 'ripped off'.


    Edit:
    On this board, CanadaRAM tends to have the most knowledge about RAM. I'd check out what he says over here.
     
  9. shu82 macrumors 6502a

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    Would that ram work in a Powerbook 1.67? I think mine uses 2700. But will putting in faster ram be ok?
     
  10. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    No. This is DDR2. That doesn't work in DDR systems.
     
  11. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    The Outpost RAM is Kingston's generic ValueRAM -- Kingston specifically does not committ to Mac compatibility on this RAM.

    The Kingston RAM that is guaranteed compatible is the KTA-MB667/1GB, which is a different module and more money.

    This ValueRAM generic module may work, and it may not. If you are willing to take the time and trouble to test it yourself, fine, you might save $10 each. But if you have any trouble, you are going to be out shipping charges both ways, and perhaps a restocking fee if you ask for a refund (policies on non-defective returns vary by seller)

    If you don;t want to take the risk on genric RAM, look for a seller who tests and guarantees compatibility with your Mac, and that offers a no-cost (no shipping, no restocking fee) return or replacement if it doesn't work.

    If you are in the USA, before you decide, check out the guaranteed Mac compatible RAM from OWC, Crucial or Data Memory Systems

    Thanks
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  12. mattscott306 macrumors 68040

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    So DMS's econoram w/ a 1 year warranty should be fine? I guess your right, ten dollars for peace of mind is a decent price.
     
  13. sixstorm macrumors regular

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    Nice price for the RAM. If I wasn't saving up for "the engagement ring", I'd jump on 2 sticks. Hope that it actually works, according to CanadaRAM.
     
  14. richard4339 macrumors 6502a

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    I can't afford it, but I think I'll buy a stick anyway while it's this cheap.

    Update: Backordered =/
     
  15. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    Yeah mine got backordered too, so I canceled it because I found something better.

    Like CanadaRAM pointed out, this Kingston RAM is not guaranteed to be Mac compatible and you could have a hassle returning it. Normally I don't buy into this kind of thing -- to me, DDR2-667 is DDR2-667, and if it doesn't work right with my Mac I'll insist on a replacement under warranty from the manufacturer -- but if you don't have to pay any extra to get guaranteed Mac compatibility...why not? I just ordered 2GB from 18004memory.com on sale for $132, a good reseller with high ratings that's been around for a very long time that guarantees their memory is Mac-compatible. If you're looking for a bargain, this is better than this deal at Fry's.

    EDIT: Holy crap, within minutes of placing my order the sale price is up to $175!
     
  16. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    The problem arises when you return the RAM. Some stores will check the RAM and if the RAM works and they consider it good, they'll charge you a restocking fee. In the long run, it could cost you more this way.
     
  17. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816

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    Why is everybody so hyped up about mac compatibility? Don't think our macbooks and MBPs are all that different than regular PC laptops: in terms of most components, they are very similar. I see no reason why the RAM from frys would not run on a mac.

    I could maybe understand this mentality with the old G4s, as they were entirely in a different world from PCs.
     
  18. kimnkk macrumors member

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    Anyone have any idea how long it usually takes for a store like Fry's to fill a backorder? I wouldn't mind picking up a couple of sticks. if for some reason, it doesn't work with my macbook, i can use it on my PC notebook.
     
  19. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, we had this discussion already. See above. I pretty much said the same thing.

    However, I won't deny CanadaRAM's and others' experience; after some research, I found that the Intel hardware used in Macs are more sensitive to certain types of cheap RAM. In all practicality, I guess I noticed the same thing when I used to help people build a lot of PCs. More than a few times, I saw someone get a fancy-schmany motherboard but skimp on the RAM, buying the cheapest stuff they could find (with the intention of upgrading it later), and the memory would cause problems. Higher-end parts have lower tolerances for sloppiness in timing/voltage/whatever that cheap RAM can introduce.
     
  20. andysc macrumors regular

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    In my past experience, it usually takes a week or 2 for Fry's to fulfill backorders.
     
  21. nateDEEZY macrumors 6502a

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    I purchased 2 x 1gb sticks of that exact model # a month ago and have been running it on my 24" iMac without a problem.
     
  22. TraceyS/FL macrumors 68040

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    I"Ve got the Value Ram running in my iBook without a problem. Office Depot had it with a good rebate. I figured that way i could return it easy with any problems (and use my rewards $$).
     
  23. scotty588 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    By the way if people are still interested in this I read on slickdeals, (where I originally found this) someone called Frys and said they are getting more in on March 5th.
     
  24. kimnkk macrumors member

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    How long after you ordered did they send another e-mail saying it is on backorder?

    I ordered 4 sticks in 2 orders, but have got nothing yet apart from order confirmations. It's been 24 hours since the first order and i think March 5th is too long for me to wait so i might have to cancel :(.
     
  25. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    It's only a week..?
     

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