And the finalists are... - where do you buy extra RAM from ???

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by igmolinav, Oct 5, 2005.

  1. igmolinav macrumors 65816

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    Hi !!!

    Where would you buy your extra RAM and why would you choose
    any of the following:

    *Data Memory Systems,
    *Crucial RAM
    *OWC

    These are "the finalists" I found doing a search on mac rumors.

    They have more or less the same price (around $140 usd). However, I am very concerned about honesty, reliability, and product quality. If you think no third party can offer that, then I wouldn´t buy the extra RAM. If you know another RAM provider you may want to recommend, I would appreciate it.

    Thank you very much,

    igmolinav.
     
  2. joecool85 macrumors 65816

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    Crucial definetly. They guarantee it will work for the product its listed for.
     
  3. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040

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    seriously? you really can't do a search for "RAM" and come to your own conclusions. we had at least 3 RAM threads today...

    all of them ended the same...

    it doesn't matter!
     
  4. roadapple macrumors regular

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    OWC for an iMac 512mb and TiBook 80GB HD, quick shipping and no problems.
     
  5. achie25 macrumors 6502

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    I took the advice of many here on the forums and I bought my 1 gig stick from Crucial last week and I am very pleased. They have a very simple 3 step process to identify all compatible RAM for your system.
     
  6. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    All three companies guarantee their RAM for specific Mac machines, and have lifetime warranties -- those are the most important things. Search here for OWC (macsales.com) and returns for additional comments from forum members.

    For honesty and good customer service I prefer Data Memory Systems, hands down. Try this test: Call them on the phone, 800-662-7466 and put a stopwatch on how long it takes to get someone who is a real Mac expert on the phone and answering your questions.

    Now try that with any other RAM vendor.

    I have dealt with DMS for over 5 years. They are honest, fair, and they know and use Macs.
     
  7. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Crucial gave me excellent service each time I ordered. Therefore, I haven't tried the others.
     
  8. mariahlullaby macrumors 6502a

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    DMS is great (but I haven't used the others). Great service, super fast shipment.
     
  9. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    Are there any 'approved' MAC compatible suppliers listed in Canada?
     
  10. iDM macrumors 6502a

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    Is this a tricky way to re-post a beaten to death thread about ram? Anyway I just bought from Datamem and did their free shipping on Saturday. It's Wednesday night here, I will post back with good or bad news. According to CanadaRAM a well respected(from what i hear dude) DataMem is the only way to go.

    P.S. I'm not one of those people that get super pissed at reposting......
     
  11. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    Thanks.
     
  12. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    OWC, since they have never been mentioned for playing internet pricing games lke Crucial has. And add to that the two times I have ordered, they have been much more responsive that Crucial has.
     
  13. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    Data Memory Systems just saved me after a month-long search for memory that would work in my PB.
     
  14. igmolinav thread starter macrumors 65816

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    RAM for 12" ibook...

    Data Memory Systems lists FOUR different types of RAM for the 12" 1.33 GHz ibook, which one should i pick (it will be for the new ibook) ???
     
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  16. DaveP macrumors 6502

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    Honestly, I don't think it matters much. As well as it is a reasonably reputable company, they pretty much all guarantee their RAM to work and will replace or refund it if it doesn't.
     
  17. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    I did well at Newegg buying their (2X512) CAS 2.5 GeIL Apple Series 1 GB KIT for $104.

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  18. dcv macrumors G3

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    I bought my extra RAM from Crucial - because they guaranteed the memory module for my PowerBook. Also because my friends have ordered from them before and recommended the service.
     
  19. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Fer Criminey Sake: We've been over this ground before. The Kingston that Outpost (and NewEgg, and Tiger) sells is the Kingston ValueRAM and it is neither tested nor guaranteed compatible with Macs. Outpost does not provide any compatibility guarantee.

    If you are a Mac-adept and want to play RAM Roulette to save $10, sure. But make sure you have time on your hands and can cover the return shipping costs, (and worst case, restocking costs) if it doesn't work.

    Danski: Apple doesn't approve any RAM or any RAM suppliers, it's down to the seller doing their homework and guaranteeing compatibility for you. PM me for more info.

    Thanks
    Trevor
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  20. drake macrumors 6502a

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    Can't find any info on shipping to canada on their site.
     
  21. Fender macrumors regular

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    I'd probably stick to Crucial as has been said in this thread, or the original Samsung RAM. If I were going to buy RAM (which I am), I'd order it from CanadaRAM.com . I'm telling you, there's no place or webstore based in Toronto with any decent RAM for Macs. Even the Mac-centric stores around here sell brands I've never heard of or are over-priced. :mad:
     
  22. nagromme macrumors G5

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    I've been very happy with OWC (eshop.macsales.com). They know Macs. My friend recently shopped for RAM for an old G3 and they had a note about a very obscure memory controller issue, and which brands of RAM were affected.

    I've also been happy with transintl.com in the past, but haven't used them lately.

    Both have comparably low pricing in my experience, although OWC has more selection. Transintl.com is a RAM maker themselves.

    Always make sure you have a lifetime warranty. But with generic-brand RAM, in my experience (the free RAM upgrade MacConnection gave me with my PowerBook), actually getting them to honor that warranty can take some effort.
     
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