iMac Ram, WHY IS IT SO EXPENSIVE!

Pistol Pete

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i have been tracking the imac g5's ram for a few months now and it went to $115 in july and has been around $150-$160 for about a month now. i am tracking crucial by the way.

what is the reason if there is one?

Thanks!
 

Deepdale

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Pistol Pete said:
i have been tracking the imac g5's ram for a few months now and it went to $115 in july and has been around $150-$160 for about a month now. what is the reason if there is one!
Don't you just hate it when RAM pretends it is actually GAS?
 

EJBasile

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Cinnamon Swirl said:
Don't you just hate it when RAM pretends it is actually GAS?
I have also noticed crucial's prices going up on PM G4 RAM (or maybe its just me)

I found this generic gas station in Mass, about 20min away from my house with regular for $2.39 and diesel for $2.69. Not bad!
 

AstrosFan

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Pistol Pete said:
i have been tracking the imac g5's ram for a few months now and it went to $115 in july and has been around $150-$160 for about a month now. i am tracking crucial by the way.
I recently purchased a 1GB stick from DataMem, based on CanadaRAM's recommendations. The cost was $119 + shipping.
They guarantee compatability & offer a lifetime replacement warranty.
Here's the link to the page.

Good luck!
 

chucknorris

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Pistol Pete said:
what is the reason if there is one?

Thanks!
In answer to this question, I've been told it's a simple supply/demand issue.

Memory prices bottomed out earlier this year while supply was high, now they're rising again with demand and will be for several months to come.

These kind of cycles are normal, but very irritating.
 

gammamonk

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EJBasile said:
I have also noticed crucial's prices going up on PM G4 RAM (or maybe its just me)

I found this generic gas station in Mass, about 20min away from my house with regular for $2.39 and diesel for $2.69. Not bad!
Holy cow! I haven't been to the states for a while, is it really that expensive??
 

jamesW135

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EJBasile said:
I have also noticed crucial's prices going up on PM G4 RAM (or maybe its just me)

I found this generic gas station in Mass, about 20min away from my house with regular for $2.39 and diesel for $2.69. Not bad!

Whoa, thats cheap gas.
 

Artful Dodger

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Pistol Pete
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Originally Posted by Artful Dodger
Hi, it's still $104 for a 1gig stick of Crucial from Newegg and I think thats a good price
Here's the link http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16820146545
Hope this helps



is that ram recommended from apple and is it the same as crucial.com sells?

thats a great price. i used to shop newegg all the time when i owned a pc....

THANK YOU!!!
Hi, just got off the phone with Newegg and yes as all the numbers (less model # and order #) are the same. So before my order was placed I contacted Crucial and they couldn't match the price but after I gave them the #'s the guy at Crucial said it was fine and not "fake" if that was my main concern.
So my total was about $109 for 1 stick but funny if I put two in, the price dropped :rolleyes: Should be here by the end of the week and will let you know how it works out ;)
 

Pistol Pete

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Artful Dodger said:
Hi, just got off the phone with Newegg and yes as all the numbers (less model # and order #) are the same. So before my order was placed I contacted Crucial and they couldn't match the price but after I gave them the #'s the guy at Crucial said it was fine and not "fake" if that was my main concern.
So my total was about $109 for 1 stick but funny if I put two in, the price dropped :rolleyes: Should be here by the end of the week and will let you know how it works out ;)

cool thanks a lot... i may just go ahead and order that and tiger now.....

maybe ill wait for the 20th and see if theresa better way to spend $200...

that would be great help if you let me know..PS newegg ships really fast!
 

CanadaRAM

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DDR RAM is going up in price generally, as fabrication plants switch to making DDR-2 modules for PC's, WinLaps and perhaps future Macs. There will be a slight shortage of DDR PC3200 modules, particularly in the 1 Gb size through the end of the year at least.

When you get Crucial or whatever RAM from NewBestTigerEggBuyComp.com, you are not getting a guarantee of compatibility with Mac, so you are assuming the risk of shipping cost, time and trouble, not the seller. And the iMac G5 with Tiger is the most picky Mac currently sold vis-a-vis RAM compatibility.

To recap: Apple demands not only that the speed and electrical spec (PC3200 2.5V CL2.5 etc.) are right, but that the Serial Presence Detect settings are correct as well. These don't matter much to most PCs, so the cheapest RAM vendors don't bother checking the settings, 'cause that takes extra time and cost. Good Mac vendors will ensure these SPD settings are right, will test each and every module, and do random tests from each batch in different Mac machines. Discounters and volume online sellers don't, obviously.

Different models of Mac also have different tolerances to marginal RAM. It's not uncommon to see RAM that fails in an iMac or Mini work fine in a PowerMac G5 - this is not because the RAM is good, it's just that the PowerMac has more leeway for error and can run the out of spec RAM. This is a problem when a major OS upgrade like 10.4 or a firmware upgrade comes out, though, because all of a sudden RAM that was out of spec but functioning might stop working - just because the new OS is holding the RAM to standards more rigorously.

Thanks
Trevor
CanadaRAM.com
 

Counterfit

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gammamonk said:
Holy cow! I haven't been to the states for a while, is it really that expensive??
That's actually pretty cheap for New England right now. I saw the cheapest in a few weeks today, for $2.52. Do you know how much it sucks to be giving at least 1/6 of your paycheck to the Almighty Gasoline Dispenser? :(
 

CanadaRAM

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Counterfit said:
That's actually pretty cheap for New England right now. I saw the cheapest in a few weeks today, for $2.52. Do you know how much it sucks to be giving at least 1/6 of your paycheck to the Almighty Gasoline Dispenser? :(
This is why I can't understand the concept of a 45 minute or 1 hour oir 90 minute commute to work and back :eek: besides the gas cost, there's all that time wasted, sittin'.

I've got it lucky - even though our gas is now > CAN$4.20 a US gallon ($5 per imperial gallon) I've got a 4 minute commute to the office

---- or 20 minutes during tourist season.

Hey! all you camera toting furriners who don't know what Walk and Don't Walk mean, who walk backwards onto the road in traffic while framing your 1,500th digicam shot of the day and who tell your horsedrawn carriage driver to stop in the middle of the street during rush hour, we... we... <sound of teeth clenching> we bless you and welcome you to our fair city and our ravaged formerly-resource-based economy. Please, stay a while longer. :(
 

Nermal

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CanadaRAM said:
DDR RAM is going up in price generally, as fabrication plants switch to making DDR-2 modules for PC's, WinLaps and perhaps future Macs.
The Intel developer systems use DDR-2 :)
 

Pistol Pete

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so canada ram....is that ram compatible?

or will i just wait for the confirmation that it works....i want to buy today!
 

FocusAndEarnIt

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Nermal said:
The Intel developer systems use DDR-2 :)
Well, those are the Intel Delevoper machines, they can and/or will change.
If DDR-2 is the best solution for Apple, they will use it ;) .
 

tjwett

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i was recently able to get my hands on a 1GB set (two 512 chips) for my dual G5 from Compusa for the silly price of $70 total, after the mail-in rebate. but even before the mail-in the price was only $110. typically i wouldn't even bother looking retail for RAM but this deal was too good to pass up. these are the same chips that go in the iMac G5 so keep your eyes peeled and you should be able to find a good deal.
 
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