That is the question, to update RAM or not to update it.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by igmolinav, Oct 5, 2005.

  1. igmolinav macrumors 65816

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    Hi !!!

    I recently bought an ibook, (not yet delivered). I will be using an audio recording software called Audacity to do voice recording and I will also be using two software programs for architecture - Archicad and Vectorworks.
    Will i need to update the RAM to 1.5 GB, (by buying an extra 1 GB), or should i be ok with 512 MB.

    Who do you recommend me to buy from? Is, in your opinion, Data memory systems the best source to buy quality products, with good prices, are they honest. Who else would you recomend, if not them?

    If i were to order from Data memory systems, which memory should i get (out of the four that they propose for the 12" ibook).
    http://www.datamem.com/parts_that_fit.asp_Q_submit1_E_1_A_MF_E_APPLE

    Thank you,

    igmolinav.
     
  2. tech4all macrumors 68040

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    General rule of thumb: always buy as much RAM as you can afford. 512MB RAM is decent, but more is better. Not sure how much RAM the apps you mentioned use, but it couldn't hurt. Like a RAM upgrade probably wouldn't do much good if you were just doing Word, email, internet, etc. But it would be beneficial if you were doing Photoshop or video editing.

    As far as RAM manufactures are concerned. I don't think I've heard of Data Memory Systems - doesn't mean they're bad - but I know people here love Crucial RAM.


    btw, congrats on your iBook :)
     
  3. VanMac macrumors 6502a

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    Buy the 1GB stick regardless of what you are doing. Will make everything work much better. Upgraded mine, and very happy with it. Not big $$$, so just go for it....
     
  4. AJ Muni macrumors 65816

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    your asking in a forum full of ram lovers, SO HELL YEA MAX THAT BABY OUT!! ..i think data memory is your safest bet, but newegg.com is the cheapest by far...
     
  5. maddav macrumors 6502

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    2 tips regarding RAM:

    - Max it out

    - Buy it from Crucial
     
  6. tangerineyum macrumors 6502

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    Max it out, just bought a new ibook a week ago, that following tuesday my 1 gig from crucial was on a truck headed for me. Its the most cost effective way to squeeze as much power from your machine as possible.
     
  7. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    3 tips regarding RAM:

    - Max it out

    - Don't buy it from Crucial...make a statement against their pricing games

    - Buy it from OWC
     
  8. PaRaGoNViCtiM macrumors 6502a

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    Yep, Yep....Max out the RAM! Do as much as you can afford!! It's worth it!!
     
  9. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    As stated above, max out the RAM... by all means if you can

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  10. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    To Gig or not to Gig, that is the question,
    Whether 'tis nobler in the Mac to suffer
    the slings and errors of outrageous pageouts,
    or to take RAMs against a sea of troubles
    And by upgrading, end them....
     
  11. Deepdale macrumors 68000

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    Memory wording at OWC site

    The following statement appears on the OWC website: "OWC Memory has been tested and is found 100% compatible all Apple Firmware versions including the latest 4.1.x & 4.2.x updates. Many people have experienced problems with memory after installing this latest update, but OWC has always provided memory fully meeting Apple stated specifications and as such has not been subject to these problems."

    They claim 100% compatibility and the like, but then the firmware update statement is somewhat disconcerting. Have others experienced computer memory problems that they refer to and, if so, what corrective action had to be taken?
     
  12. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    I haven't had any problems, but then again, I use OWC memory and am therefore apparently "not subject to these problems"...sweet. But I'm sure it's a small percentage of users who have a problem, and I'm sure that as long as you buy RAM with a lifetime guarantee you'll be fine.
     
  13. achie25 macrumors 6502

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    I just got my 1 gig stick from Crucial the other day and it was so easy to install into myPB. I love the speed of my 15" with a 1.5 gig of RAM.
     
  14. kugino macrumors 65816

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    get the extra ram...don't buy from crucial (i agree with the other post about crucial's stupid pricing schemes)...enjoy your sped-up ibook.
     
  15. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    What is this? I have tried their website from multiple browsers, even after clearing cookies, and the prices are always the same (at least on the same day).
     
  16. md11 macrumors member

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    Crucial

    I'm also interested in knowing what the crucial pricing game is?

    They offered me 179$ (14$ more than OWC) for the 1GB RAM (PB G4 1.5 Ghz 12').
    md11
     
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  18. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    The reports are that Crucial may from time to time use dynamic pricing: That is, based on the contents of your cookies (showing what you had previously searched for on the Crucial site) and possibly your browser and OS version, their site calculates different pricing for the same part.

    The charitable would say that this is offering a discount to certain people; the skeptical would say this is extracting extra money from the unwary. Other major shopping sites have the ability to do this as well -- whether they have it activated or not you don't know.
     
  19. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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