free RAM upgrade

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by pelachrum, May 15, 2006.

  1. pelachrum macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2006
    any idea if Apple store will offer free RAM upgrades anytimes soon?
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    I could be wrong, but I don't think they've ever done this...
  3. pelachrum thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2006
    ...hmm maybe I saw it on one of the other sites then... good point

    what's a good source of Mac RAM then to buy independently, getting an upgrade from Apple is not a good idea is it?
  4. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    People here often rely on OWC, Crucial, or DMS.

    Buying from Apple is generally regarded as a bad idea due to their pricing (though it's not as bad as it used to be). Just be sure you know the warrantee policies of the company you buy want a lifetime unconditional warranty with advance replacement.
  5. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Probably not, usually discount prices in the "special deals" section of the Apple Store when a machine in EOLd.

    Since Apple has done well with this section of the Apple Store, it almost seems like their rebates and free stuff has been reduced.
  6. Ryan T. macrumors 6502a

    Ryan T.

    Jun 13, 2005
    Rochester, NY
    Eh, better off going with a 3rd party vendor for that. RAM is pretty cheap these days anyway, and I'm sure you'd end up paying for any "free" upgrade somehow.
  7. ImNoSuperMan macrumors 65816


    Dec 1, 2005
    They do. But only in the refurbs though. That too only a lucky few ones:D
  8. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2006
    RAM from apple is extortionatly high. I would buy RAM from crucial or kingston.
  9. Vaphoron macrumors 6502


    Aug 5, 2004
    Last time I remember a RAM special from Apple was back at the end of 2002 when they had a promotion to double your RAM for $100 or something. I wouldn't exactly hold my breath waiting for them to do something like that again.
  10. D34th macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2006
    #10 offers RAM upgrades that usually come out to be free with mail in rebates when you purchase a Mac from them. You most likely won't see it on Apple's site...

    Edit: I just looked on their site and it doesn't look like they are doing that offer at this time. However, I know many people who have gone through them and got the offer. It seems the new offer now is getting a Mac with Boot Camp and Windows preinstalled...
  11. pelachrum thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2006
    I've been told to be cerful about source of RAM though.
    People had instances of getting it from places other than Apple and it worked initially but flipped out on them when they tried to upgrade to Tiger for instance. It turnes out g5's are really picky about the RAM.
    I'm not a fan of monopoly here but Apple's chips are supposed to be more expensive but also they actually work without issues

    my experience is in big part in PC's and the situation there is about manufacturers of memory reselling chips that don't pass their target speed to companies that sell them at lower speeds, cheaper
    would Apple memory be subject to the same issues? is Apple memory different from PC anyway?

    having said that, who actually makes RAM for Apple?
  12. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    I know that Apple has used Crucial (Micron), Samsung and Hynix RAM...I'm sure there are/have been other suppliers.

    I've purchased both OWC and Crucial third-party RAM and never had a problem. But based on other people's experiences, both companies will take care of you if your RAM ever goes bad. Any of those three I cited in my previous post have excellent reputations amongst Mac users. That's not to say you can't get good RAM elsewhere, but those guys are definitely top-notch.
  13. peanut48 macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2006
    would anyone know a reputed third party Ram seller in Australia pref around Melbourne...

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