What is your Favorite 3rd Party RAM Dealer?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by asencif, Mar 31, 2006.

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What is your favorite 3rd Party memory dealer for your Mac?

  1. OWC

    6 vote(s)
    12.0%
  2. Datamem

    4 vote(s)
    8.0%
  3. Crucial

    27 vote(s)
    54.0%
  4. Other

    13 vote(s)
    26.0%
  1. asencif macrumors 6502

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    #1
    Just wondering what your favorite 3rd Party RAM dealer is for your mac? I have checked pricing and noticed the OWC has the cheaper all around followed by Datamem. Not sure which is more reliable though.

    OWC
    Datamem
    Crucial
    Other
     
  2. iGary Guest

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    I'd have to say Crucial is my favorite, although expensive...it's all that I have in my Macs.

    I would say OWC after that (Samsung RAM).
     
  3. dancormier macrumors newbie

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    www.macsolutions.com

    I have always had good luck with www.macsolutions.com - they are very friendly and helpful on the phone and the website is easy to navigate.
     
  4. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    I always go to MicroCenter. Muy cheap. Bueno.
     
  5. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    I go with www.newegg.com. It has been consistantly cheaper. However, you need to now the specks of the memory you need. i.e. DDR2 533. After you get all the matches you need to read the customer reviews to see what memory has been found to be Mac compatible. Wintec AMPO seems to work great thats what I have used for several macs now.

    Currently the Wintec AMPO is around $150 for 2x1GB DDR 400/DDR2 667.
     
  6. turbopants macrumors regular

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    I've had great success over the years with Corsair ram. Good prices, haven't had any problems.
     
  7. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

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    I went with Datamem this time only because OWC was out of the Ram for my Intel iMac when I called. I found that they were very nice to deal with and as I forgot to give some info to them, they called me back within 15 mins. to get the info needed to ship out my Ram :D
    After that service, not just sending an email to me, I would go with them from now on, what can I say ;)
    Also CanadaRam has made some posts about the warranty and service from them. If you look closer at those things there is a difference that only a few others can match, so it's a no brainer. It's just who has the best price among the top 3 or 4 as well as is it in stock.
     
  8. Matt Phoenix macrumors regular

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    For PCs, it's a no-brainer: NewEgg. Actually I used them for all my computer parts, including power supply unit, DVD burner, fans, memory, graphics cards, hard drives and so on. I have yet to have a problem with them and they are always the first place I check for good stuff at low prices (in retrospect, I was just looking at the list of purchases I made from them in the past year and realized I spent a lot just there).

    I'm pretty new to the world of Mac. While you just have to match up the memory speed for a PC, I didn't know if the memory at NewEgg would be Mac compatible. I bought a 1GB stick of memory for my iBook, snapped it in, and had absolutely no problems. And for guaranteed compatibility, it wasn't much more expensive than at NewEgg.
     
  9. gman71882 macrumors 6502

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    Ive been an Apple tech @ Louisiana State University for 2 years and used TheChipMerchant with no problems yet!
    :cool:
    They always seem to have the most Competitive pricing & the Best quality.
     
  10. Koodauw macrumors 68040

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    I am big fan of crucial. I buy it for all my ram needs.
     
  11. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040

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    yup gotta go with crucial, yeah arean't the cheapest but the ordering/delivery process was so painless (2 day delivery to Canada!) that I'm willing to pay a little more to avoid headaches
     
  12. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    crucial. fast delivery, and their RAM has never gone bad on me (unlike cheaper brands).
     
  13. Stampyhead macrumors 68020

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    I too like Crucial, because they make it really easy to find the correct RAM.
     
  14. emaja macrumors 68000

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    As long as the reseller guarantees Mac compatibility and has a lifetime replacement warrantee, I'll buy any name brand from anywhere that has the best price.

    Of those mentioned, I do like OWC quite a bit. They are obviously very Mac-centric and have great pre- and post-sales support.

    Right now, I use Patriot RAM from New Egg, but if OWC was cheaper - and at the time they weren't - I would have bought from them.
     
  15. dcv macrumors G3

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    I've bought all my RAM from Crucial because it's easy to find the correct memory, it's guaranteed and their delivery is really fast.
     
  16. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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  17. echeck macrumors 68000

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    Have to go with Crucial. I've never had a bad experience with them. I usually go through newegg to buy it though because it's cheaper. :)
     
  18. lamina macrumors 68000

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    At work we use Kingston. It's a bit pricey, but I dig the lifetime warranty and the fact that we've had not one problem with it, although we haven't tried many others.
     
  19. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Boo on Crucial's pricing games!! OWC all the way!
     
  20. Caitlyn macrumors 6502a

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  21. the Helix macrumors regular

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    RAMJET furnishes my TiBook and last revision AL Book.

    I've used them for years. They have the quality and lifetime guarantee for compatibility like Crucial, but typically at $30-$50 less than what they charge.
     
  22. darwen macrumors 6502a

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    Why would you even suggest anything other than crucial?
     
  23. Timepass macrumors 65816

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    I always wondering why it only on it seems to be mac sites that people even recomend crucial.
    On other PC forums it is Corsair and kingston ram that come have the top place. OWC is states quite a bit but crucial is never used or even talk about it. I more likely to go with corsair or kingston ram for my ram needs that crucial. I either buy it from fry's or newegg.com
     
  24. emaja macrumors 68000

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    Because you can get the same quality, service, and support for less elsewhere.

    Why pay more just for a name?
     
  25. asencif thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It seems Crucial is the most popular one so far, however some of their prices are a too high. They are even $100 -$300 more for certain chips.
     

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