is there any reason for getting Apple RAM ?

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  1. sanzu3 macrumors regular

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    OKay - I ordered my MBP with 4GB of ram (being lazy), but now you are all giving me grief for wasting the cash.

    I guess I could change the order (which might delay it) - but is it a dead certainty that getting decent 3 party ram is just as good as Apple ?

    Is there any downside ??
     
  2. vicious7 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes...there are several 3rd party vendors that you can choose from and the quality is just as good as Apple's. Also, it is not a difficult install, either. A monkey could do it ;)

    Save your money for something else you need and buy aftermarket RAM (crucial, OWC, etc.). Do a search here for RAM vendors and you will see the difference in price. I personally bought RAM from here based on reviews from here and other sites and I couldn't be happier.
     
  3. logandzwon macrumors 6502a

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    The only downside to non-apple ram is when you need to take it applecare they might bother you about it. I have always put the original in, if nothing else to help prevent they blaming whatever problem on the ram.
     
  4. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816

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    The only reason you would get apple ram is if you value the fact that its done for you over saving 400$
     
  5. agentphish macrumors 65816

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    Apple will probably give you crap about aftermarket ram if you need to send your laptop in as was said before. I can speak from personal experience here. Just 2 weeks ago they tried to blame my "faulty aftermarket part" (my ram) on a video/screen issue.

    The only problem is I've never had a problems w/ the ram or the machine and i've had them both for 3 years. Plus my ram uses the same ram chips apple was using at the time (samsung) Needless to say i nipped that in the bud and had them fix the problem.

    Just remember to buy some name brand stuff. The only no-name brand i can reccommend is G.Skill form newegg.com. Just maxed out my cousin's macbook pro w/ it and its GREAT and has tons of 5 star (egg) reviews from customers across the board.
     
  6. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    This is the only reason I can think of buying Apple RAM. Installing 3rd party RAM is easier than changing a lightbulb (seriously).
     
  7. WMuntean macrumors regular

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    For academia you have to go through a long chain of commands to get approval for new computer orders. Specifying that you intend for IT to upgrade your computer with ram that you buy from a third party would not pass along the lines of command. And if it would, you would have to justify it, formally with letters from consultants (A pain, and slim chance that it will work, due to dealing with multiple warranties and the like). In cases such as these it is simpler to pay the premium, as the processes is shorter and less hassle.

    -I'm only referring to research labs at universities, the process might be different for other areas of academia.

    -In your case, I don't think that I can find justification other than dealing with one warranty
     
  8. jackc macrumors 65816

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    The premium that Apple charges is kind of ridiculous.
     
  9. sanzu3 thread starter macrumors regular

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    oh heck - you all seem to agree,,,

    I may have to change my order.....:eek:

    thanks for the replies
     
  10. Tymmz macrumors 65816

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    Don't worry to much about that problem. I brought in my PowerBook for repairs and no complaints about 3rd party RAM.
     
  11. sanzu3 thread starter macrumors regular

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    OKay okay !
    I just email the apple rep who took the sale and asked him to change it back to the standard 2 GB.

    I HOPE you guys are now satisfied !
     
  12. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Soooo satisfied. Everything is going to be... OK.
     
  13. sanzu3 thread starter macrumors regular

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    its coming to something when you can't even throw away your own hard earned cash without busy-bodies telling you to put your credit card away and step away from the store...
     
  14. vicious7 macrumors 6502a

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    No, we are just asking that you spend your money wisely ;)
     
  15. sanzu3 thread starter macrumors regular

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    i'm at a loss as to what to spend it on :confused:
     
  16. J@ffa macrumors 6502a

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    2GB more of RAM and, erm, a house in the Caribbean?

    Ah. No, it's not that expensive, but still, it's saved you a not insignificant amount of money, no?
     
  17. vicious7 macrumors 6502a

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    Well, let's see. You can buy any of the following to augment your Apple experience:

    1. An External Screen - Dell, Samsung, HP, Apple
    2. External Hard Drives
    3. External KB and mouse
    4. External Speakers
    5. A Stand - mStand, Griffin Elevator, etc

    You get the idea and obviously all these additional toys are for home/office use.

    You can also pick up Leopard when it comes out or get a new shirt, buy your girlfriend/boyfriend a gift or take em out to dinner. Hell, you don't even have to spend the money you saved :D
     
  18. sanzu3 thread starter macrumors regular

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    its reduced the bill by £370 (see how expensive apple is in the UK!)

    bear in mind this is AFTER a 14 % student discount as well.
     
  19. johnfromspokane macrumors newbie

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    Idiot newb question


    So,

    I was not even aware that there were 2GB ram chips compatible with the MacBook Pro. Please point me to a link?

    Regards,

    JF
     
  20. miniConvert macrumors 68040

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    I buy Apple RAM. Call me crazy and lazy, but if anything goes wrong then it's just easier to know that everything inside my casing is Apple and that, for any fault, there's only one point of contact to sort it out.

    I appreciate that Apple's RAM is not good value for money, but it does seem to be good stuff and, if you're ordering BTO, I think getting Apple RAM is perfectly acceptable :)

    Now, if you were going to fill up a Mac Pro with 16GB of RAM then perhaps getting it from Apple would be something worth arguing about...
     
  21. sanzu3 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Don't want an external screen - trying to save space
    Have an external hard drive already
    have a wireless might mouse - but Yes I'll get the new wireless keyboard
    no need for speakers - i use airport express plugged into my hifi
    Yes - I'll get the mStand + I'll get Leopard

    ... even so, still money left:(
     
  22. sanzu3 thread starter macrumors regular

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    AT LAST ! someone who agrees with my desire to throw away the cash on apple ram...

    ...there is also some validity to you point
     
  23. WillJS macrumors 65816

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    umm.. No, i hope you're satisfied. You made a purchasing mistake, and we told you a way to correct it. We did it for YOU, not us.

    Anyway, i recommend/vouch for crucial ram and/or owc ram (otherworldcomputing.com) ;)


    Edit @ CanadaRAM : i agree but a small part of me says keeping the original Apple branded ram to use to test to see if the 3rd party ram is bad and/or to use when you send your machine back to apple would be a good idea (read: buying the smallest amount of apple ram you can). But since apple regards ram as a user replaceable part would that mean that any ram that went bad and may have messed something up apple would fix under applecare, no? (i mean the ram, not something the user does in process of changing the ram)
     
  24. vicious7 macrumors 6502a

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  25. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Well, if the money is burning a hole in your pocket, then get:
    Airport Extreme Base Station, Apple TV, or iPod =)
     

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