gosh darn RAM prices!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by turtlebud, Feb 7, 2006.

  1. turtlebud macrumors 6502

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    What's going on with RAM prices? Last I checked, a 2gig kit for the dual core 2.3 was $178, now it's $210! Maybe I should have bought it a month of two ago and sat on it til I was able to purchase my dual core g5. *sigh*
     
  2. iGary Guest

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    I'd hate to show you the last price I paid for the remaining open 2 gig slots in my G5. :eek:
     
  3. Koodauw macrumors 68040

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    Yup, Ram for the new Intel Macs / MacBooks have jumped from about 130 to 180 for the 1 GB chips. ( from crucial anyways.) Not what I wanted to see as I planned on buying one soon.
     
  4. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Ah, I remember paying $600 for 16MB of RAM for my IIci.

    That's $150 apiece for four 4MB sticks.

    Whenever I think RAM is too pricey, I remember that. ;)
     
  5. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Um, I just (Saturday) paid $120 (incl. shipping) for a 1GB stick for my Intel iMac, and I see the prices are still the same. OWC. Works great - as has all of my OWC RAM.
     
  6. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Prices jumped about 20% at the wholesale level on the weekend. There will be short term variations as companies that had a lot in stock may be able to carry forward lower prices for a few extra days until they have to reorder from the Mfg.
     
  7. Steve1496 macrumors 6502a

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    I just ordered online (and I hope I got the correct model), for $101. See link

    For Intel iMac 20"
     
  8. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Those are nominally the correct spec; let us know when you install them if they work or not.
     
  9. Koodauw macrumors 68040

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    Any chances of them falling back down in the next 2 month period?
     
  10. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Yup. I would give you 60:40 odds that it will be back down to last weeks levels within 2 months.

    Course that's also 30% odds it'll be higher and 10% it'll stay the same.
     
  11. Steve1496 macrumors 6502a

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    I just received it and installed--works perfectly!!
     
  12. OldCorpse macrumors 65816

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    From various rumblings in the industry, including Apple projections in their filings, the expectation for this year is: INCREASE in RAM prices, holding steady for hard drive prices and DECREASE in LCD prices... YMMV.

    Of course, what will actually happen is hard to say, there are so many factors. In addition to the usual supply/demand factors, there is one other which is keeping economists up at night. That's the exchange rate for the dollar. As a lot of hardware is manufactured abroad, this is particularly sensitive factor. And the news can only be bad. The U.S. is running unbelievable budget and account deficits. So far, foreigners (banks, government institutions, investors etc.) have been willing to finance our deficits. But as the deficits keep exploding on every front (hey, maybe shrub will invade Iran next!), they may get cold feet. When that happens, the dollar will plunge against other currencies, and prices for imported goods will escalate drastically. You can have enormous price growth within a very short period of time. Will it happen - yes, absolutely, eventually it HAS to happen... our deficits are unsustainable. The question is not IF but WHEN. And without a crystal ball nobody can tell WHEN. Something to keep in mind, as we go about planning our hardware purchases. YMMV.
     

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