$100 4GB RAM Upgrade

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by kingsal, Oct 20, 2010.

  1. kingsal macrumors member

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    What a great deal. Just checked and OWC sells 4GB RAM (2x2GB) for $87. Is there any reason not to get it?
     
  2. tastychicken macrumors member

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    Based off the pictures the ram is soldered to the motherboard. So you would not be able to upgrade the ram.
     
  3. King t. macrumors regular

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    if you're planning on getting a MBA than def. pay the extra $100 for the 4GB Ram ;)
     
  4. kingsal thread starter macrumors member

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    I should clarify, I meant that the $100 RAM from Apple is a great deal...
     
  5. C64 macrumors 65816

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    So it's not a great deal.

    $87 gives you 4GB from OWC, yet $100 only 2GB extra from Apple.

    That's $13 more for half the amount of RAM.
     
  6. Scottsdale macrumors 601

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    I could be wrong, but I think there's one expansion slot and 2 GB RAM soldered to the board. When you read it at Apple.com, it says 2 GB "onboard." And it gives option to upgrade to 4 GB. I believe they're just throwing in a 2 GB notebook stick on the available slot. Apple used to do this with all of its Macs. PowerBook G4 had them, and many Macs before them. It seems like the case to me, but we will not know until someone gets it home and tries OR iFixIt tears one apart? Anyone know if they have yet?
     
  7. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    the end result is the same.......or were you going to use your old ram somehow?
     
  8. C64 macrumors 65816

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    The end result is 2GB RAM difference. Ever tried selling official Apple RAM online? You get big bucks for that.
     
  9. kingsal thread starter macrumors member

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    I see where you're going but I think there's more to it than that.

    I actually value my time at a lot more than the $13 difference. The luxury/assurance of having it pre-installed for me when my laptop arrives (and by a vendor like Apple) is worth quite a bit to me too. Also, even though it's $100 for only 2GB "extra" vs. 4GB, in the end I'm looking at it as 4GB of RAM in my laptop. I'm really not going to do anything with the 2GB factory RAM I take out of the MBA. As far as I know RAM sitting in my drawer doesn't help my computer speed up.

    Anyway, I mentioned that it's a great deal because I think $100 is worth the marginal cost of doubling your RAM. Saying that it's a great deal doesn't mean you're saying that it's better than every other possible deal out there. I'll say it again: it's a great deal.

    The time and effort associated with that isn't worth it to me. But if you think that selling 2GB of RAM on eBay is "big bucks," it's probably worth it to you. It's just a matter of perspective.
     
  10. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    Really? There is not market for the 2X1 gig sticks of ddr3 ram I just yanked out yesterday as every mac with ddr3 has at least that.

    or do you know where i can make big bucks for it? im all ears as right now, its in a box...doing nothing
     
  11. wirelessmacuser macrumors 68000

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    I concur.
     
  12. C64 macrumors 65816

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    I'm talking about 1x2GB, not 2x1GB. The latter is probably useless for most MacBook nowadays. New memory from the newest MBA can be sold for lots on eBay.
     
  13. kingsal thread starter macrumors member

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    Here's 2GB of Apple RAM on eBay. The reserve is all the way up to $9 with a 1 minute and change left and no one has bid yet: http://cgi.ebay.com/Apple-2Gb-2-x-1...314?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_2&hash=item45f60c14ca If that were "big bucks" to me, then I would probably not be buying Apple products to begin with. :cool:
     
  14. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    You had me excited as I'd sell mine for 9 bucks...considering I upgraded to 8 for 130 but there were no bids on it, that was merely the starting bid lol
     
  15. kingsal thread starter macrumors member

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    Considering my White Mid 2007 MacBook has only 1GB of 667 MHz RAM, $9 is actually not that bad.
     

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