where to buy ram

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  1. dorqiekat macrumors 6502a

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    I'm shopping around for ram for my 1.33 12 inch powerbook and have narrowed it down to two. I would originally want to use Apple ram, but they're ridiculously expensive. The Apple retail store at my university sales ram and installs it, but it's not Apple ram, it's Samsung. I think they said that a 512 stick would be around 80 dollars. Should I buy from crucial or from my school? thanks.
     
  2. chasemac macrumors 6502a

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    http://www.macsales.com/
     
  3. tedrjr03 macrumors regular

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    theres also OWC, NewEgg, Datamem.com, and a few others
     
  4. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    If you want Apple Factory Samsung RAM- OWC
    If you're fine with 100% Apple guaranteed, RAM with LIfetime warranty, then
    Datamem.com or Crucial Apple certified RAM
     
  5. dorqiekat thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The 100% apple guaranteed with lifetime warranty is from datamem.com?

    And the crucial apple certified is from the crucial website right?
     
  6. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    YUP!

    All three retailers carry Apple guaranteed lifetime RAM.
    Some people prefer paying a bit more for the Samsung Apple Factory RAM DIMMS at macsales/OWC
    and that's fine, but Datamem and Crucial are also well respected for quality prodicts.
     
  7. dorqiekat thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    what about installing it? I've never installed anything on the inside of a computer, should I buy from the school for the installation? Or is it easy enough to follow the directions given?
     
  8. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    Installing RAM is considered an easy DIY upgrade, but if your school store will do it for no charge and give you a good price, go for it.

    Just to make it clear, Apple factory RAM is supplied by Samsung.
     
  9. dorqiekat thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The school's apple store will only install ram that is bought at their store. They're about 20 dollars more expensive than from any of the websites. And they sell the samsung ram.

    I'm not sure how to go about it, now that I'm thinking of adding more ram I'm leaning more and more to the 1gb stick. And that could be a bit costly if bought from school. But then again, I'm not that great with computer parts, the extra 20 bucks or so could just be payment for the labor...
     
  10. GaryE macrumors newbie

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    Re: Where to buy memory

    Hi all:

    I just joined up to ask a question when I saw your post and decided to reply. The company where I used to work bought all of our Mac Memory at:
    http://memoryto.com



    They have the best prices around and we never had any compatabily or other problems. As a point of reference we are talking about roughly 25 macs with memory purchased from them.

    HTH,

    Gary
     
  11. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    GaryE- the above link doesn't work.

    About buying RAM- I'd search for good deals on newegg. I found a 1 GB stick for my macbook pro for $60. I also like how newegg reports shipping progress...you can check to see where your package is (in transit, arrived, etc.) at any given moment.
     
  12. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    I would go ahead an buy the 1 GB Stick for your iBook.

    The original 512 MB DIMM in your iBook is permanently soldered in place, so
    adding 1 GB to your second RAM slot is the best choice.

    You'll be amazed at the performance improvement.

    Installing your own RAM is a simple matter of making sure that the pins are all lined up properly and then pressing carefully but firmly to make sure it is properly seated in place, that's it.

    Just make sure you follow basic anti-static procedure.

    Apple has step by step directions posted on their web site.
    I think PBfixit.com also has a how to posted.

    NewEgg does have great prices, but you must know exactly what you are buying and they do not guarantee Apple Compatibility, You're buying specs only which is usually O.K.
    but again, if you select the wrong DIMMs, you'll have to pay for return shipping and restocking.
     
  13. ipodcentral112 macrumors regular

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    Yeah hats what i would do, just follow apples instructions.
     
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  15. dorqiekat thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I decided to go with a 1 gig for my powerbook. It came with a 256 so will that mean that adding a gig will max out my ram? I have a 1.33 12 inch powerbook g4.

    I'm also going to buy from datamem.com seeing that there is already a thread on why you shouldn't buy from crucial. And the website for newegg was a bit confusing for me.

    The PBfix website seem to be very detailed, I hope I'll be able to install without problems.
     
  16. tristan macrumors 6502a

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    1. Get the gig. You'll thank me later.
    2. Check prices with www.dealram.com.
    3. Buy from somebody who says "this is the RAM for your computer model click here" rather than trying to go by specs alone. Any MAC retailer or memory retailer will have no problem with this.
    4. Don't buy from crucial they're overrated. RAM is a commodity.
    5. Install it yourself, it's easy. You might need a special screwdriver though, check the directions.
     
  17. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    It's really not difficult, just be careful and you'll do great.

    Once you're done, boot up and check your system profiler.

    If you did everything right, you'll see the additional RAM specs
    in the profiler.
     

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