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

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  1. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    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.

  2. liketom macrumors 601


    Apr 8, 2004
    Good advice but i would like to think that all forum members know this.
  3. Spanky Deluxe thread starter macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    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!!
  4. deltrotter macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2004
    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.


  5. 20rogersc macrumors 65816


    Jun 28, 2005
    Brighton, UK
    Thanks Spanky Deluxe!

    I think I might buy a gig of RAM now instead of 512.

  6. DarkNetworks macrumors 68000


    Apr 12, 2005
    What is the brand of the RAM that Apple provide?
    How do i know the maximum ammount of RAM my iBook can have?
  7. joshysquashy macrumors 6502a

    May 13, 2005
    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.
  8. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
  9. Sam I Am macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2005
    Ann Arbor, MI
    1GB from Crucial.com is US $135.99 right now. Wow!
  10. apollo8fan macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2004
    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.
  11. weg macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2004
    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? ;-)
  12. Hattig macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2003
    London, UK
    $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?
  13. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    yeah, I would never buy the 512MB. I would rather live with 256 until I could afford the 1GB.
  14. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    Nice post Spanky- a good comparison of how Apple's prices for RAM are way outta whack with the price of RAM on the market.

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