macbook memory upgrade

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by chairguru22, Jun 2, 2006.

  1. chairguru22 macrumors 6502a

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    where is a good/cheap place to order macbook memory from for a US user?

    also, apple recommends that both modules be the same capacity, i would like to get a 1GB module and use the 256MB in the other and that way be able to upgrade to 2GB in the future if i wanted to. any thoughts on using 1.25GB?
     
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  4. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    I would go with OWC or Datamem from bankshot's link...they both have great reputations and terrific prices. Crucial has become overpriced; Apple always has been.
     
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    Matching RAM will get a small improvement, maybe 6 - 8% in memory performance, but having more RAM in total is more important. Get the 1 Gb module.
     
  6. chairguru22 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks. i was looking at datamem before and they seem to have the cheapest price at $96. thats a pretty big difference from $112 so is there going to be noticeable performace differences? you would think just go with the cheapest place but im skeptical..
     
  7. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    That $96 RAM is a 1 GB "kit"...it's two 512 MB sticks that are matched. You're looking for a single 1 GB stick.

    Check here. (MacBooks and MacBooks Pros use the same RAM.) They've got the 1 GB stick for $119 and a cheaper one for $92. As you can see, the EconoRAM has only a one-year warranty. As long as it works, there's really no difference between the two sticks. But RAM can fail, so if the cheap RAM fails after a year, you're out of luck. You have to decide for yourself whether the $27 premium for the higher priced stick is worth it or if you'd be willing to suck up the full price of replacement if the EconoRAM dies in 13 months.
     

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