Best place to buy RAM online?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by hkriffraff, Oct 9, 2006.

  1. hkriffraff macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2003
    Can anyone recommend a place to buy cheap, but reliable memory for my macbook pro? Preferably with international shipping available... My local computer stores are charging way too much!
  2. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    DDR2 RAM for all notebooks is in high demand, so the prices are up everywhere.

    Check prices and shipping at DMS and OWC
  3. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    it would help to know what country you are in, atm in the UK dabs and PC World offer good prices/quality (well I dunno about PCW but it can't be that bad (I'm getting mine from them) ), offer excellent prices but as far as I can see bad service. All of these come to between £140 and £185, my local computer shops are charging £250 which is stupidly high.
  4. ascender macrumors 65816

    Dec 8, 2005
    Have you tried Crucial? They've always given excellent service to me and been competitively priced too.
  5. slackersonly macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2006
    I purchased my 1x1GB stick at I have seen lots of good reviews of datamem, owc, and even crucial (IF you can get a low price. see posts on price 'fixing').
    I would first find the exact/best memory for your mac and then price all 3 places and go with the cheapest (with comparable warranties).
    I have read posts here that suggest that memory prices will fall after this demand surge slows (Apple's current upgrades and pending release of vista is driving higher amounts of ram than just 3 months ago).
  6. oldMac macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2001
    Going with cheapest = bad advice IMHO

    My experience tells me that going with the cheapest RAM module is asking for trouble. This is potentially more problematic if you're dealing with a dealer who isn't mac-friendly/aware as there are subtle differences in some memory modules and macs can be picky.

    In the past, I've twice (shame on me) made the mistake of buying the cheapest module and twice paid for it in time and energy exchanging it for another module under warranty within the first week or two. This can be especially frustrating when the module seems to work initially but then results in an unstable system that crashes periodically.

    Personally, I always go for a name-brand (Samsung, Kingston). Generally, you'll see these offered side-by-side to the generic brand and they only cost a few dollars more. I usually buy memory from because they know macs, have given me good service in the past and are generally competitive on price.
  7. ziwi macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2004
    Right back where I started...
    Memory prices are crazier than oil - there is no real explanation of why they are high now and at other times low. is a good place - cheaper than crucial and free ship and no tax..for me anyway...;)

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