Upgraded Ram from Best Buy

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by dwburnell, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

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    Hey everyone,

    I am going to be getting my air next week. I have to get it at Best Buy because I got a gift card through work. Does anyone know if there is a way to get the 8gb ram in the 13" i5 MBA or is the only way through Apple. I don't mind the 4gb but though 8gb would be nice.
     
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    I believe that bto option is only available through Apple.
     
  3. macrumors regular

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    Correct - BB does not offer the upgraded RAM options.
     
  4. macrumors 68000

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    Unless they have an 8 GB one lying around then no. It's generally an upgrade option via the Apple Store.
     
  5. macrumors 65816

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    Are there any other merchants that offer extended memory options other than Apple? I was hoping Amazon would offer 8gigs, but they don't.
     
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    You can ask if they will special order it. It's not like they'll bite your head off.
     
  7. macrumors regular

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    My wife has the 2011 MBA, and it runs fine with 4gb. I am always amazed at the speed of the Air with the SSD. You will be happy with the 4gb version. Enjoy! :D
     
  8. macrumors 6502a

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    You need to order a MBA with the amount of RAM you want.

    You can get built to order MBAs from:

    Apple.com
    MacMall.com
     
  9. macrumors 65816

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    I just checked out MacMall and they do offer the RAM upgrades, but they charge sales tax, so Apple would be a better choice.

    My goal is to find an online merchant that sells the MBA's with upgraded memory and no sales tax. I may end up getting my MBA from Amazon and pass on the memory upgrade. :rolleyes:
     
  10. macrumors 6502a

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    I believe one can upgrade the ram in a MBA yourself but I'm not sure if it voids the warranty, but it's not all that complicated, there are loads of youtube vids on how to.
     
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    Yes I see that now after watching one of the vids, seems only the SSD blades are easier to replace, but they do cost a pretty penny.
    4GB ram with an SSD should be plenty, with the bus speeds now days and SATA3 ram isn't as big a factor as it used to be (depending on how the OS handles virtual memory).
     
  13. macrumors 6502a

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    MacMall only charges sales tax in a few states (looks like you're in CA, which is one of them). I believe Apple would charge tax just about anywhere. Plus, MacMall generally is a bit cheaper, and there's another site that usually has a 2-4% coupon code that's good for anything. They also do 12 months same as cash, if that's something you'd be interested in.
     
  14. macrumors member

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    www.bhphotovideo.com in NYC has updated RAM in all versions of MBA. Plus, applecare is about $95. Never ordered from them, but did read about them here.
     

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