iMac Ram, WHY IS IT SO EXPENSIVE!

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  1. Pistol Pete macrumors 6502a

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    i have been tracking the iMac g5's ram for a few months now and it went to $115 in july and has been around $150-$160 for about a month now. i am tracking crucial by the way.

    what is the reason if there is one?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Deepdale macrumors 68000

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    Don't you just hate it when RAM pretends it is actually GAS?
     
  3. EJBasile macrumors 65816

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    I have also noticed crucial's prices going up on PM G4 RAM (or maybe its just me)

    I found this generic gas station in Mass, about 20min away from my house with regular for $2.39 and diesel for $2.69. Not bad!
     
  4. AstrosFan macrumors 6502

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    I recently purchased a 1GB stick from DataMem, based on CanadaRAM's recommendations. The cost was $119 + shipping.
    They guarantee compatability & offer a lifetime replacement warranty.
    Here's the link to the page.

    Good luck!
     
  5. chucknorris macrumors 6502a

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    In answer to this question, I've been told it's a simple supply/demand issue.

    Memory prices bottomed out earlier this year while supply was high, now they're rising again with demand and will be for several months to come.

    These kind of cycles are normal, but very irritating.
     
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    Ticks me off to no end. ;) :D
     
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  9. Pistol Pete thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    is that ram recommended from apple and is it the same as crucial.com sells?

    thats a great price. i used to shop newegg all the time when i owned a pc....

    THANK YOU!!!
     
  10. gammamonk macrumors 6502a

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    Holy cow! I haven't been to the states for a while, is it really that expensive??
     
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    Whoa, thats cheap gas.
     
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    4GB of RAM from Crucial cost me $400.00 two months ago.

    I just paid $320.00 for 2GB today. :rolleyes:
     
  14. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

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    Hi, just got off the phone with Newegg and yes as all the numbers (less model # and order #) are the same. So before my order was placed I contacted Crucial and they couldn't match the price but after I gave them the #'s the guy at Crucial said it was fine and not "fake" if that was my main concern.
    So my total was about $109 for 1 stick but funny if I put two in, the price dropped :rolleyes: Should be here by the end of the week and will let you know how it works out ;)
     
  15. Pistol Pete thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    cool thanks a lot... i may just go ahead and order that and tiger now.....

    maybe ill wait for the 20th and see if theresa better way to spend $200...

    that would be great help if you let me know..PS newegg ships really fast!
     
  16. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

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    Thanks and yes they do it's at that part now of being shipped so it should be here by Thursday (3 day UPS).
     
  17. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    DDR RAM is going up in price generally, as fabrication plants switch to making DDR-2 modules for PC's, WinLaps and perhaps future Macs. There will be a slight shortage of DDR PC3200 modules, particularly in the 1 Gb size through the end of the year at least.

    When you get Crucial or whatever RAM from NewBestTigerEggBuyComp.com, you are not getting a guarantee of compatibility with Mac, so you are assuming the risk of shipping cost, time and trouble, not the seller. And the iMac G5 with Tiger is the most picky Mac currently sold vis-a-vis RAM compatibility.

    To recap: Apple demands not only that the speed and electrical spec (PC3200 2.5V CL2.5 etc.) are right, but that the Serial Presence Detect settings are correct as well. These don't matter much to most PCs, so the cheapest RAM vendors don't bother checking the settings, 'cause that takes extra time and cost. Good Mac vendors will ensure these SPD settings are right, will test each and every module, and do random tests from each batch in different Mac machines. Discounters and volume online sellers don't, obviously.

    Different models of Mac also have different tolerances to marginal RAM. It's not uncommon to see RAM that fails in an iMac or Mini work fine in a PowerMac G5 - this is not because the RAM is good, it's just that the PowerMac has more leeway for error and can run the out of spec RAM. This is a problem when a major OS upgrade like 10.4 or a firmware upgrade comes out, though, because all of a sudden RAM that was out of spec but functioning might stop working - just because the new OS is holding the RAM to standards more rigorously.

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  18. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

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    Thanks CanadaRAM, I just got my iMac early today and hope all goes well with the ram, if not it'll be off to Crucial or one of the places you have posted to go before ;)
     
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    That's actually pretty cheap for New England right now. I saw the cheapest in a few weeks today, for $2.52. Do you know how much it sucks to be giving at least 1/6 of your paycheck to the Almighty Gasoline Dispenser? :(
     
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    This is why I can't understand the concept of a 45 minute or 1 hour oir 90 minute commute to work and back :eek: besides the gas cost, there's all that time wasted, sittin'.

    I've got it lucky - even though our gas is now > CAN$4.20 a US gallon ($5 per imperial gallon) I've got a 4 minute commute to the office

    ---- or 20 minutes during tourist season.

    Hey! all you camera toting furriners who don't know what Walk and Don't Walk mean, who walk backwards onto the road in traffic while framing your 1,500th digicam shot of the day and who tell your horsedrawn carriage driver to stop in the middle of the street during rush hour, we... we... <sound of teeth clenching> we bless you and welcome you to our fair city and our ravaged formerly-resource-based economy. Please, stay a while longer. :(
     
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    The Intel developer systems use DDR-2 :)
     
  22. Pistol Pete thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    so canada ram....is that ram compatible?

    or will i just wait for the confirmation that it works....i want to buy today!
     
  23. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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    Well, those are the Intel Delevoper machines, they can and/or will change.
    If DDR-2 is the best solution for Apple, they will use it ;) .
     
  24. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Impossible to say -- it is not Crucial's Mac part number, so Crucial will not commit one way or another, and NewEgg certainly won't

    I would spend the $10 more and get it from Data Memory Systems , and then you have no doubt.
     
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    i was recently able to get my hands on a 1GB set (two 512 chips) for my dual G5 from Compusa for the silly price of $70 total, after the mail-in rebate. but even before the mail-in the price was only $110. typically i wouldn't even bother looking retail for RAM but this deal was too good to pass up. these are the same chips that go in the iMac G5 so keep your eyes peeled and you should be able to find a good deal.
     

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