Best place to buy RAM? (UK)

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  1. Emcald macrumors newbie

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    I have an G4 iBook and want to purchase some additional RAM (I'm looking for an extra 512MB).

    Where would you recommend?


    Many thanks!
     
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    I would recommend:
    http://www.crucial.com/uk/index.asp

    They have an easy-to-use memory selector so you can pinpoint the specific RAM for your Mac and shipping is very fast, sometimes overnight.

    I've never had any probs with them for the work and home Macs.

    Edit: And they're a damned sight cheaper than Micro Anvika or the Apple Store. :D
     
  3. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    I'll recommend Crucial as well. Like Blue Velvet, I've ordered quite a bit of RAM from them for various home and office Macs, and I've no complaints at all with the products or the service.
     
  4. wasimyaqoob macrumors 6502a

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    If you live close to a Mac Store, just go and purchase it from there :)
     
  5. 20rogersc macrumors 65816

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    Bought mine at Expo from a Micro Anvika stall.
    Works fine, got no problems with it.

    ::20ROGERSC::
     
  6. mdavey macrumors 6502a

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    In general, I'd recommend Crucial and Kingston Memory. PQI is a budget manufacturer with good quality control. Some of their sticks are compatible with Apple Macs. I bought my 1GiB PQI RAM new from Ebay: laptop-memory-store and I'd recommend them (although Ebay does have higher risks).

    As you are only looking for 512MiB, I'd suggest looking second-hand, there should be lots of people offering genuine Apple 512MiB sticks at very reasonable prices.

    Slightly off-topic now, but you might also want to look at this thread over at 123macmini.com.
     
  7. stevep macrumors 6502a

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  8. PCMacUser macrumors 68000

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    Just a quick question: what do your GiB and MiB mean? I can kind of understand the GIgaByte thing, but there's no 'i' in megabyte. And surely it's not short for MIllion Bytes because a megabyte has more than a million bytes...!?

    Just curious!
     
  9. thequicksilver macrumors 6502a

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    AFAIK it's the abbreviation used in a few languages other than English, I know I've seen it written in German.

    I'll put another recommendation in for Crucial, I had a good experience with them.
     
  10. bigandy macrumors G3

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    you mean if

    (a) you've got enough money to throw at silly priced RAM
    and
    (b) you're one of the three people lucky enough to live close enough to an Apple Store

    then consider it...

    :rolleyes:
     
  11. mdavey macrumors 6502a

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    MB means a million bytes, GB means a Billion bytes. They are derived from SI units used in science. These are the measurements for hard disk drives.

    MiB is short for Mebibyte, derived from Mebi meaning 2^20 (1024x1024).
    GiB is short for Gibibyte, derived from Gibi meaning 2^30 (1024x1024x1024).

    MiB and GiB (along with sisters such as TiB and KiB) are the correct unit multiples for describing RAM memory. Their use is strongly endorsed by many professional organizations including IEEE, IEE, IEC, BCS, NIST, CIPM.

    http://physics.nist.gov/cuu/Units/binary.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binary_prefix
     
  12. PCMacUser macrumors 68000

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    Thanks, I thought there must be a reasonable explanation. I'm not sure how quickly the industry will take to it though! I've been in IT for over 10 years and it's the first time I've heard of it. Cheers for that :)
     

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