$300 for 1GB Powerbook G4 RAM?!?! HELP!

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by undead-design, Oct 6, 2006.

  1. undead-design macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2006
    Hey everyone. I am getting an older Powerbook G4 17 inch from a friend pretty soon. She's selling it to me for about 700 bucks because it only has the on board 512 MB of RAM and the usual wear and tear. I think it is a fair price (as I am buying it to hold me over until I need a new laptop next school year), but after looking into upgrading the memory on Apple's store online, $300 dollars for 1GB of RAM seems a bit ridiculous! I need more then 1GB to run Aperture, Photoshop CS2 and Final Cut Pro. But that means I am spending nearly 1000 dollars for a kind of dated computer when I could buy a refurb macbook pro for a few hundred more. Am I wrong, is there anywhere else I should shop for RAM? Or anything I need to know!?
  2. barkins macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2006
    Encino, CA
    Check Ebay... :)
  3. undead-design thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2006
    I was thinking that...but....

    thats what i was thinking about doing but i don't know enough about RAM for laptops to know what to look for. I saw that the apple site lists it as:

    "Apple Memory Module 1GB PC2700 DDR333 SO-DIMM"

    Should I just ebay search that? Is Apple RAM the same as other RAM? Kind of a stupid question :confused: , but I haven't actually had to buy RAM for an Apple before. Thanks!
  4. NewSc2 macrumors 65816

    Jun 4, 2005
    New York, NY
    no, any RAM with the right specified size should work fine. Check newegg.com for prices and reviews, and http://www.crucial.com/ can help you determine which size you would need.
  5. tdhurst macrumors 68040


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ

    Dude...crucial.com, 18004memory.com and kingston.com all have better prices.

    If a macbook pro is only a little more and you can afford it...why not?
  6. Pressure macrumors 68040


    May 30, 2006
    For PowerPC based system I strongly suggest getting ram that has been tested and deemed compatible with Apple systems.

    The new Intel based computers isn't as fuzzy about ram as the PowerPC architecture is.
  7. Swarmlord macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2006
    Where are you seeing a Macbook Pro of that caliber for just a "little bit" more? The cheapest new one is $2K and even refurb is just slightly less than that. That 17" screen would really help with the software you listed and if the copies you have are written for the PowerPC processor and not Universal or Intel that G4 machine would work fine for less money.

    Maybe I need to browse the refurb unit area a little more often if prices are that much lower than new.
  8. NewSc2 macrumors 65816

    Jun 4, 2005
    New York, NY
    I wouldn't say so. There are many, many Powerbook owners that use 3rd party RAM (including me) with no problems. Samsung, Corsair, Crucial, and Kingston are all very reputable brands. Newegg has many reviews of satisfied Powerbook, iBook, iMac, and Powermac upgraders.
  9. lamina macrumors 68000


    Mar 9, 2006
    Check out CanadaRAM.com. I've heard good things on the forums about them.
  10. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    You'll find a lot of recommendations on here for OWC and DMS. PPC Macs can sometimes be picky about RAM, and both of these companies are knowledgeable and stand behind their products with terrific customer service. Both sites have online memory wizards that will allow you to input your machine specs and they'll show you the exact memory you need.
  11. generik macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2005
    Because she is a gurl! Even if it is sold at a lousy price there is still the scent :rolleyes:

    I'd buy from a very reputable dealer for a PPC machine. I once bought a Kingston module that is certified for the exact same PB model, it didn't work.. or rather it did but kernel panics from time to time. Works great in another PC laptop though.

    Go figure.

    OWC all the way for this.
  12. undead-design thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2006
    thank you guys....one more thing

    Thank you all. Thats exactly what I was worried about. After going to macsales.com and datamem, I found a few things that were kinda confusing. There is different prices on the 1GB memory but I am not really sure what the difference are between any of them. It is a helluva lot closer to my kinda prices then 300 dollars for 1GB.

    There is a few prices here. $189.00, $144.95, $138.99

    The best price here is $131.00 but there is another one that is listed as "call"

    Any further suggestions? :D

    As for the "little bit more" I got my prices mixed up with the black macbook thats on there for around 949.00 or something. My mistake.

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