Big Difference Between RAM Prices

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by mikeishi, Apr 30, 2007.

  1. mikeishi macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2007
    Hey guys, I was looking for a RAM upgrade for my Mac Pro. I thought I could only afford a 1GB upgrade, but while researching prices on Crucial's official website, I noticed that I could actually afford 2GB. What worries me is that the Newegg price is very different than Crucial's website's price.

    I know Crucial does some shady pricing tactics, but why would they give me a price difference of $124 cheaper than NewEgg?

    Here's the RAM at NewEgg:

    Here's the RAM at Crucial:

    So should I go ahead and get that Crucial RAM from Crucial's website?
    Thanks guys!
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Personally, I'd go with DMS. Great Mac vendor with terrific customer service and RAM that is guaranteed to work in your Mac. Cheaper than Crucial too, so you don't have to support Crucial and their shadiness.

    OWC is fantastic as well.
  3. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    i'll second the recommendation for DMS. great prices and i've had no problems with any of the RAM i've gotten from them. (iMac G5 and Macbook both upped to 2gigs)
  4. esaleris macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2005
    RAM prices have been falling pretty fast recently. I remember buying 2 x 1GB sticks of a less reputable brand for my mom's Macbook for about $160 for two. Now it's barely $100 for two, and a better brand (Crucial CL5, not CL12) at that.

    Point being that Crucial's the vendor, newegg's the reseller. Given the rate of price drops, it could be possible newegg hasn't caught up yet. Either way, I haven't found either vendor to be shady at all, when it comes to RAM.
  5. akadmon Suspended

    Aug 30, 2006
    New England
    Like the previous poster said, Newegg is reselling Crucial RAM that they probably bought when prices where high. Too bad for Newegg! :D
  6. filman408 macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2006
    San Jose, CA
    I've bought from RamJet. No issues what-so-ever. They even use the same heat sinks Apple does for the FB-DIMMS.
  7. brooker macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2007
    I've been shopping for RAM for the last few weeks now, watching prices, configuring and reconfiguring my setup...

    Newegg has great deals on nearly all components, but they can't compete on RAM prices. Look elsewhere.

    I ended up going with OWC, because of the great reputation their customer service has, and the Lifetime Advance Replacement guarantee (they send you replacement ram before you RMA what you have if you have any problems). Sure didn't hurt that their prices were very competitive!

    Whatever you do, be sure to get large, finned heatsinks of some kind (not really available on NewEgg, anyway), to keep your ram happy for it's lifetime.

    happy shopping!
  8. localoid macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2007
    America's Third World
    Heh... get used to it! ;) I've watched RAM prices go up, then down, then up, etc. for >25-years now. Historically,RAM prices have always changed (up and down), sometimes very quickly. It's just a part of the computer world!

    In general, RAM is usually higher during the months before and after the Christmas season, and lowest during the spring/summer season, etc.

    Right now, RAM is at it's cheapest price point in history, in terms of price per MB/GB. Despite all the ups and downs in the RAM pricing over the decades, the prices have fallen (in the long term.) Compared to the price I paid for 16KB RAM in the 80's, today's price for 2GB is a real bargain! :p

    There's never been a better time to buy RAM, than now. But, it almost always pays to check RAM prices at more than one vendor before buying.
  9. Lycanthrope macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2005
    Brussels, Belgium, Europe
    Have mine on order from OWC (2xx2GB) via a friend in California, I went for the slightly more expensive Netlist stuff for the sake of $40 more.

    After reading multiple threads on this forum they seemed to get the most consistently good feedback plus the RAM has been tested by several independent tech sites so I felt pretty comfortable about choosing them.
  10. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2005
    I'm only really here at night.
    Another vote for DMS ! Excellent service & knowledgeable folks there..... Although, I have never had any problems with Newegg, or OWC for that matter :D
  11. speekez macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2003
    my 2x2gb from is working nicely. no problems. good reputation.
  12. mark476p macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2007
    I purchased 2 512MB RAM from DMS less than a month ago for $164. After reading this thread, I decided to see if the price changed. Sure enough, it's now $150. Nothing huge, but worth mentioning.

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