Macbook 4GB ram, more expensive than told by Apple Rep.

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by ckesten, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. ckesten macrumors regular

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    Hey...

    On Saturday, I just bought the 2.0 mhz with 2GB of ram and I was going to upgrade to 4GB of ram in the future because the apple rep told me it was $100 either way if I did it on my own or got it in the macbook when I bought it.

    I'm seeing on Apple's site it says its $200 (http://store.apple.com/us/memorymodel/ME_13_2_0_MB_G5)

    Do I have any recourse with them? If I knew it was $200 I would have saved the money and did it all right away. The reason I didn't was because of money issues, I was going to wait before doing so.

    Any insight would be great.

    Thanks

    Craig
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  3. macuser154 macrumors 6502

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    RAM is always more expensive when you buy it from Apple, you can get RAM much cheaper from other companies like OWC or Crucial, you will have to install the RAM yourself though.
     
  4. KoolStar macrumors demi-god

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    Not to be smart, but I'm pretty sure 4GB of ram is not going to help with your 2.0 mhz brand new computer.:):D
     
  5. ckesten thread starter macrumors regular

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    really? everyone i spoke with said that i should get 2.0 with 4gigs over 2.4 with 2..
     
  6. ckesten thread starter macrumors regular

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    thank you guys.. but are these other brands just as good? same quality, same performance?
     
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Why wouldn't they be? There are at most a dozen RAM manufacturers in the world. You're just relabeling what you get from someone else. Hynix and Samsung are Apple's recent predominant suppliers.
     
  8. ckesten thread starter macrumors regular

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    last question.. would this void my warranty with apple?
     
  9. KoolStar macrumors demi-god

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    No this would not void the warranty. Apple allows for you to upgrade the ram and hd without voiding the warranty. What I do is keep the old ram as well, in case i have to send it in i just swap the ram back to the old stuff, because i had a bad experience when i sent a computer in with more ram than it came with they took mine out and put the lower ram back in.
     
  10. ckesten thread starter macrumors regular

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    awesome.. you guys have been very helpful, much appreciated.

    I'm a little puzzled by one of the posts in here saying that 4gb won't improve the 2.0ghz macbook? any thoughts?
     
  11. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I believe it was a small quip on MHz vs. GHz.

    Otherwise more RAM is never a bad thing, ever.
     
  12. ckesten thread starter macrumors regular

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    ohhh haha i didnt realize i put mhz instead of ghz... ok good.. just wanted to make sure im not throwing my money away.. im new to mac.. trying to soak it all in
     
  13. Snowmang macrumors newbie

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    4GB of DDR2 800Mhz will run you roughly $50, so no it doesn't cost $100 or $200 :)
     
  14. sosaysiburke macrumors member

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    would be nice to hear about 6 gigs in a macbook .
     
  15. RDM3 macrumors regular

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    I have a 13.3 white macbook and I got my RAM from newegg.com $45 shipped, the ,acbook use a different RAM but $60 isn't bad for your needs, but try newegg and compare.
     
  16. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816

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    6GB works but a 4GB chip is fairly expensive. There you've heard it.
     
  17. denver133 macrumors member

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    Thank you for that link. Just ordered. :)
     
  18. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I would have suggested RAM off of NewEgg but the nVidia's chipset memory controllers have been known to be somewhat picky with RAM in the past. I went with the safer bet on guaranteed compatible RAM from OWC.

    I have yet to hear an issue with DDR2-667 on the earlier Intel Macs using an Intel chipset.
     

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