buying advice needed

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by neurophysicist, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. neurophysicist macrumors member

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    I am going to purchase a RAM kit for my 2011 MBP and have narrowed to two options.

    http://www.frys.com/product/6544743?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...-na&AID=10521304&PID=4169666&SID=h5h5v78x39ks

    I have never purchased from either group before, though I have heard positive things about newegg. I am wondering if anyone has experience with frys, or has a preference for either store. The frys option is $30 cheaper, but I was wondering if anyone with buying experience from this store could give me some feedback in terms of reliability, quality, and other factors. Thanks.
     
  2. Johnny Who macrumors newbie

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    hey, sorry this isn't a helpful answer but rather an extension to your question. I'm looking to upgrade to 2x4Gb RAM on my MBP too and was wondering why you chose these specific brands ? What about OWC or others ? And how come there is a 30$ difference in the price tag ?
     
  3. neurophysicist thread starter macrumors member

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    No problem Johnny, I was interested in the 1600 MHz RAM and I think I only saw 1333 on OWC. OWC is reputable, I have read as much from here, and I know one of my siblings has used OWC a few times.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/Apple_MacBook_MacBook_Pro/Upgrade/DDR3_1333MHz_SDRAM

    In terms of choosing the brands in my previous post, I had read through the thread regarding 1600 MHz RAM on the MBPs, and noticed these links were included in the discussion. There were some other links too in that thread, and then I think 1 or 2 links that are out of stock.

    As far as the price tag, that's a very good question.
     
  4. neurophysicist thread starter macrumors member

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    I appreciate your help S.Jobs, but I am not trying to go for the 1066 memory. However, I found the same patriot memory from frys as I did on amazon. The only reviewer there experienced problems on his MBP 2.2 i7. I probably don't want to take a chance in that case.

    http://www.amazon.com/Patriot-Signa...1600SK/dp/B004SO3XAI/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

    I also found the same exact HyperX plug n play memory from newegg on amazon (same price). Not sure how I missed amazon earlier, but I'll probably just buy it there since I have an account. Thanks for the help everyone.

    http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Modu...1K2-8G/dp/B004Y4XAAK/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
     
  5. Murphy2011 macrumors newbie

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    I've had good luck with www.crucial.com in the past. Currently selling for $66 for 8GB, but it is 1333.
     
  6. neurophysicist thread starter macrumors member

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    I've received my RAM from amazon today. Now I haven't upgraded to Lion yet, but I was strongly considering changing my RAm after upgrading to Lion, to rule out the source of problems (if any arise). Do you all believe I should change my RAM before or after upgrading to Lion?

    Second, I understand you can run a hardware test with the os x install dvd for snow leopard and everything before, but how do you run the hardware test if you have installed lion? I was just wondering because I am leaning towards installing Lion, then upgrading the RAM. Thanks.
     

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