New Mac User - Power Mac Memory Upgrades?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bracki, May 3, 2005.

  1. bracki macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2004
    I just jumped in to the Mac world for the first time with the purchase of a Dual 2.0Ghz Power Mac (older version).

    Can someone please advise as to whether I need special kind of Ram or whether standard issue stuff would work (PC 3200, 2 separate chips, CL 2.5, etc.)

    For example, Newegg has a set of Crucial sticks for $82 and Fry's has a set of Mushkin for $85 (after rebate) that seem to meet these criteria. Before I ordered I just wanted to make sure that these would work.

    Thanks for your help, and I'm excited about getting my first Mac!
  2. varmit macrumors 68000


    Aug 5, 2003
    I would go to Crucial or Other World Computing (OWC) and use their memory selectors to help get the correct RAM for your particular computer. From there, you can go else where to find the same stuff for cheaper, just buy right from them.
  3. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    I bought this for my PMG5 and it works great. Also almost 20 cheaper than what I paid for it a month ago :mad:
  4. Kerry Sanders macrumors regular

    Kerry Sanders

    Apr 25, 2005
    Hayden, AL
    Thanks for the post. Very nice price on this gig of Mushkin RAM.
  5. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    You can't tell Mac compatibility from the PC3200 specification, unfortunately; there is much more to it than that.
    PC Generic RAM might or might not work. IMO the hassle and expense of shipping back RAM that doesn't work, outweighs the few dollars you'd save going with the cheapest PC RAM.

    This RAM is guaranteed to work, no hassles, no rebate waits: 1 Gb kit (2x512) $98

    I advise new Mac owners to buy from a reputable dealer that guaranteed compatibility with your model of Mac in writing, and offers a lifetime warranty.
  6. cgratti macrumors 6502a


    Dec 28, 2004
    Central Pennsylvania, USA
    bought 3rd party RAM and it gave my mac fits, sent it back and got Grade A ram and it runs perfectly now.... dont buy cheap RAM, buy from APPLE or Crucial.

    The few bucks you save wont be worth the hassles if it doesnt work, and you may not know immediately. I had my RAM in about a week before it started to act up. I replaced it with new memory and all the problems went away instantly.
  7. bracki thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2004
    Thanks for all of the help guys.

    On the Crucial sight I noticed some of there cheaper stuff had a CL of 3. Does that matter for my purposes? I'd heard somewhere that a CL of 2.5 is much better.

    I'd be focused mostly on home movies/video editing.


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