Newbie memory question - Apple store?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by cleaner416, Mar 8, 2004.

  1. cleaner416 macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2004
    New York City

    I am trying to upgrade my wife's memory on her G4 PowerMac 400 Mhz. She has at present 128MB RAM via 1 SDRAM module. Some (mac newbie) questions:

    1. Should I buy the memory at the Apple store?
    2. Are there any pairing restrictions? (Can I simply add a 256 module to get 384 - sometimes you can't do this on a PC)

    Also - is there a way to get into the bios to do any overclocking? I've read you can, but I'm not sure what the interface is to do so on the mac...

  2. thehuncamunca macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2003
    crucial makes extremely good memory i'd go with them and get a 512MB module
    there aren't any pairing restrictions for the G4 powermac only on the G5 where you have to install memory in pairs

  3. Naimfan macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2003

    I couldn't recommend buying memory directly from Apple--it's WAY more expensive than elsewhere. Two companies I have good direct experience with are Crucial and Transintl.

    I agree with the above poster about getting a 512 stick if you can.

    I don't know if it's possible to overclock it, sorry!


  4. invaLPsion macrumors 65816


    Jan 2, 2004
    The Northlands
    I recommend getting your ram from macsolutions. They have a lifetime warranty with all of their ram and great prices, which, as far as I know, cannot be beaten.
  5. Opteron macrumors 6502

    Feb 10, 2004
    South Australia

    This is an online bizzar for computer vendors.
    Buy from any of the listed sites and you won't go wrong.
  6. Colonel Panik macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2004
    Dublin, Ireland
    I can recommend Crucial. You choose your computer model first, then they tell you what memory you can have in it, and everything's explained. Don't buy memory from Apple, it's just too expensive, and Crucial will give you a guarantee - and no fuss exchange if the module is bad.
  7. Stolid macrumors regular


    Jan 29, 2004
    Norfolk, VA, USA
    Pricewatch tries to keep bad companies out; but they aren't perfect. Be suspicious, use along with pricewatch
  8. superbovine macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003
    i'd agree with the above poster, crucial is the way to go. they customer support is good, and their ram is of good quality. i have been buying ram from them for 6 years never had a problem.
  9. KingSleaze macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2004
    So. Cal
    So far, you've gotten good advice on RAM buying and installation.
    Overclocking IS possible, though extremely risky. Voids any warrenty you might still have, increases heat production..... all in all not worth the effort since it can easily cook the cpu. There are several companies that offer CPU upgrades, change your G4 for a 1.5 GHz one (Sonnet, Newer Technology and Power Logix come to mind). Search for the best offers.

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