If you buy an ibook and want to have more than 256MB RAM then read this

Spanky Deluxe

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I was just looking up RAM prices for a mate of mine who's considering getting a new ibook.

Well here's what I found:

The current iBooks come with 256MB Ram soldered onto the logic board. Here are the prices of upgrading to various amounts of total RAM by purchasing a stick of memory:

Apple Store iBook Configuration
256MB - £0.00 ($0.00)
512MB - £50.01 ($75.00
768MB - £100.00 ($150.00)
1.256GB - £340.00 ($500.00

Apple Education Store iBook Configuration
256MB - £0.00 ($0.00)
512MB - £44.65 ($67.00)
768MB - £88.13 ($135.00)
1.256GB - £299.63 ($450.00)

Upgrading via www.crucial.com/uk or www.crucial.com to same total RAM amounts
256MB - £0.00 ($0.00)
512MB - £19.96 ($31.82)
768MB - £71.66 ($114.99)
1.256GB - £88.11 ($144.27)


Now I know most people know that buying memory afterward and installing it yourself is cheaper but I've never come across it being THIS much cheaper. If you look at the figures, you can end up with a total of 1.256GB of RAM for cheaper than it costs via Apple to get 768GB. The difference is even bigger if you're not using a student discount in the Apple store.
I just thought I'd show you all my findings in case you've been considering buying an iBook and upgrading it to 768MB straight out from the store.


Phil
 

Spanky Deluxe

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Yeah so would I but I really didn't realise that 1GB RAM sticks had come down in price so much, I was surprised at the price difference between buying 1GB extra afterwards as opposed to on the store. Sure I thought there'd be a difference but not THAT big a difference!!
 

deltrotter

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Thanks Spanky

I have an iBook and I am from the Uk.

I bought the xtra gig last year from the US. I'm sure it worked out at about £130. Crucial in the UK I think was selling for about £170.

That is some price drop!! Thanks for pointing it out.

Cheers

Del
 

DarkNetworks

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What is the brand of the RAM that Apple provide?
How do i know the maximum ammount of RAM my iBook can have?
 

joshysquashy

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DarkNetworks said:
What is the brand of the RAM that Apple provide?
How do i know the maximum ammount of RAM my iBook can have?
You can have 1.256 in total, because it said so on apple's website somewhere, cant remember where. I recon you could add more, but they don't say so.
 

apollo8fan

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Nearly all the big name vendors are guilty of this tactic. It's where they make the real profit. HP, Dell, and Apple are all WAY over-priced on their upgrades.

Being a VAR for one of these "big names", I always order with the minimum RAM, order from Crucial, then upgrade the box before the customer gets it. They're often amazed that I can sell the same thing as "the manufacturer" for less than they charge.
 

weg

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Spanky Deluxe said:
I was just looking up RAM prices for a mate of mine who's considering getting a new ibook.
Same is true for Powerbooks, of course. Even if you buy a 12" Powerbook, which comes with 512 MB RAM (256 soldered in, another 256 blocking the 2nd slot), and THROW AWAY the replaceable 256MB and replace it with 512 MB from crucial, you're still significantly cheaper than buying a BTO Powerbook with 768 MB RAM. Isn't that a great tactic from Apple? ;-)
 

Hattig

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ITASOR said:
Look at http://www.datamem.com 's prices and you'll be even more shocked.
$144 for 1GB there. That is £82.30 at the moment. The £88 UK price includes UK VAT, which when removed is £75. Certainly a good deal for 1GB of laptop memory. It isn't worth buying a 256MB or a 512MB stick really, so why bother to look at the prices?
 

ITASOR

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Hattig said:
$144 for 1GB there. That is £82.30 at the moment. The £88 UK price includes UK VAT, which when removed is £75. Certainly a good deal for 1GB of laptop memory. It isn't worth buying a 256MB or a 512MB stick really, so why bother to look at the prices?
yeah, I would never buy the 512MB. I would rather live with 256 until I could afford the 1GB.