Best Place to buy memory?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jtalerico, Nov 23, 2005.

  1. jtalerico macrumors 6502

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    Where is the best place to buy Cosair 1gig DDR PC3200??
     
  2. homerjward macrumors 68030

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  3. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    I only buy my Mac memory from one of two places. My first choice is datamem.com. My second choice is crucial.com.
     
  4. jtalerico thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ahh crucial! That is what i ment. Sorry guys.
     
  5. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Yes, Corsair, although an OK company for Windows gamers, barely recognizes the Mac in their models. Crucial makes decent memory, and supports Macs but only if you buy their Mac-specific models. NewEgg only sells Crucial's PC generic line, and without a guarantee of compatibility (with anything). NE then adds a cute little policy that says they have the option to charge you 15% restocking plus shipping, if it doesn't work in your Mac and you want a refund.

    Your best bet is to buy your Mac RAM from a reputable dealer who tests and guarantees compatibility with your model Macintosh, offers a lifetime warranty and a no-cost return if it doesn't work. MR Members variously endorse Crucial, OWC and Data Memory Systems, among others.

    If you are adventurous and don't mind risking the time trouble and shipping costs, and want to try PC generic memory, at least choose a vendor that has a written 100% refund policy on non-defective returns if it proves to be incompatible.
     
  6. nichos macrumors 6502

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    True about the re-stocking fee, however, i've had to return DOA items there, never had a problem. There was no restocking fee since I was exchanging. The restocking fee really only applies to refunds, so if you do your hw, you should be fine. If you order the correct RAM, there's no need to return it, unless it's DOA. Newegg does have a "written" warranty. You get a 30 day warranty on everything, unless otherwise stated:
    http://www.newegg.com/CustomerService/StandardWarranty.asp
    The difference in price between newegg, and crucial, even with the 15% restocking fee, make newegg a better deal.

    I take it they don't have newegg in canada?:rolleyes:

    EDIT: I'm not saying I don't love crucial, I recommend my friends to them because it's easier, I personally use newegg, and just wanted to post the correct facts on them.
     
  7. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    The thing is, you can't know if it is the 'correct' RAM because 1) They don't sell Crucial's Mac-specific part numbers and 2) They don't guarantee compatibility on anything.

    An incompatible RAM isn't DOA, it's a non-defective return, and if they don't have the correct part, then you're forced to deal with the refund (and the shipping charges)

    If you are a Mac-Adept, then you can go for it. If you are a first time Mac upgrader, however, I still think you're better with a more Mac-knowledgeable supplier.
     
  8. Vasileios macrumors regular

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    Corsair 1 GB

    I've just upgraded my powerbook 15' 1.67 (last revision) memory to 1.5 GB
    I got a corsair 1 Gb stick, DDR2 200pin for 70£ including delivery
    So far (8 hours working) No problem...
     
  9. jtalerico thread starter macrumors 6502

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    This is what i am working with:

    DIMM0/J11:

    Size: 512 MB
    Type: DDR SDRAM
    Speed: PC3200U-30330
    Status: OK

    DIMM1/J12:

    Size: 512 MB
    Type: DDR SDRAM
    Speed: PC3200U-30330
    Status: OK


    DIMM2/J13:

    Size: 1 GB
    Type: DDR SDRAM
    Speed: PC3200U-30330
    Status: OK

    DIMM3/J14:

    Size: 1 GB
    Type: DDR SDRAM
    Speed: PC3200U-30330
    Status: OK

    DIMM4/J41:

    Size: 1 GB
    Type: DDR SDRAM
    Speed: PC3200U-30330
    Status: OK

    DIMM5/J42:

    Size: 1 GB
    Type: DDR SDRAM
    Speed: PC3200U-30330
    Status: OK

    I want to replace those with 1gb PC4000 Cruchial Ballistix. It seems the Mac can only handle up to PC3200. That is fine, I like to stay consistent. Let me know if newegg is the best place to get it as far as a warranty and service.
     
  10. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    NewEgg guarantees nothing in terms of compatibility. They have the ability to charge you a 15% restocking fee if you need to send the RAM back for a refund.
    Crucial Ballistix is specifically not guaranteed for use in Macs.
    Getting RAM higher than PC3200 is foolishness because the Mac cannot and will not take advantage of the higher speed capability of the modules,
    (the speed rating is the RAM manufacturer's rating of how fast the RAM CAN perform. It's not the RAM that sets the buss speed however, it's the Mac. So the Mac will take that expensive PC4000 RAM and run it at bog-standard PC3200 CL3)
    And the heat spreaders on the Ballistix RAM are neither required nor desirable for Macs -- you can get away with them in a PowerMac G5 but in a iMac G5 or a Mini they'll break the socket if you try to make them fit.

    At the risk of repeating myself:
    Get your RAM from a reputable dealer who tests and guarantees compatibility with your model Mac, offers a lifetime warranty and a no-cost return if it doesn't work. MacRumors favorites in the USA include Crucial themselves, OWC (MacSales) and Data Memory Systems.
     
  11. ronfab1 macrumors newbie

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    OWC or DMS?

    Hello
    I'm looking to purchase up to 6 gigs for using a newly purchased refurb 2.3GHz dual processor G5 for Final Cut Pro 5. From a trusted, knowledgable friend with a very successful video production company I was told he bought all his RAM from Ramjet. Went to their site and mistakenly ordered 2 gigs initially (which should arrive Monday the 28th) of DDR2 non ECC type used for newest dual core processors for $235. Was going to of course return it and ask them to send me 4 gigs instead back of the correct DDR400 non ECC. Their price though is $275 (I thought) for 2 Gigs & small price break for ordering the 4 gig package at not quite double the cost. Just went back to their site to confirm before I posted here, and now am seeing $464 for 2 Gigs. That can't be right??

    Anyway, above, CanadaRAM mentions OWC and Data Memory Systems. Their listed prices are way less than Ramjet's $275 for 2 gigs.....$209 and $198 respectively. Are both these companies selling high quality RAM? Any reason not to pick DMS at the $198 price, which tempts me to get 6 gigs for just a little over what I thought I was going to pay to Ramjet for 4?
     
  12. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    I have dealt with DMS for over 5 years and I recommend them without reservation.
     
  13. ronfab1 macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, that sounds a whole lot better then.

    Is there any "law of diminishing returns" speedwise to more RAM if the software utilizes it? On the Ramjet site it listed recommended RAM for video editing at 4-8 gigs.

    I have been using for past 2 years G4 dual 500MHz with 1 gig RAM for Final cut 4, so I can't wait to experience the exponential leap in speed for rendering, etc.

    Does it better take advantage speed wise with additional RAM to reboot every so often, or any suggested interval of time? Would 6.5 gigs make this older 2.3GHz machine "any" or "considerably" faster than a newer 2.3 dual core with only 2.5 gigs or 4.5?
     

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