On my first purchase...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by chukwithak, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. chukwithak macrumors member

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    Some day this week i will be going to the local Apple store and will be purchasing my first Apple. I'm going with the new MB 2.4.

    I'm going to (if they let me) open the box right there and check the computer out before bringing it home. I've read a lot about the track pad, battery case, and Keyboards, but I don't know exactly what I'm looking for. Does anyone have any pics of these they can link?

    I'm also using my education discount. Now I know i can buy the MB for 1499 but if I want the 4gb of Ram, do I
    a) Do i purchase the MB (1499) and the ram seperately (300) at time of purchase and have a genius install it, or
    b) can I get the 4GB ram added to the MB for the same price (135) as BTO like the online store?

    1499+300=1799 or 1499+135=1634 BTO in the store?
     
  2. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    i dont have a new Mac so im not sure about the problems. not every Mac has a problem. id say 80 to maybe 90 percent have no problems. people who find problems are more apparent on forums that people that are content.

    the Apple BTO DDR3 RAM is actually around the same price as third party funny enough!
     
  3. brop52 macrumors 68000

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    Food for thought. Let me do the math:

    Buy 4 GB total from Apple as a BTO is $135 plus tax (in the ed store) to go from 2 to 4. So in the end you only have 2X2GB chips and no chance of returning the machine unless it is DOA. And as far as I know, you can only buy the normally configured computers straight from the Apple store.

    Result: 2X2GB RAM at $143.10.

    Buy 4 GB total from OWC for 139.99, no tax, and 2.50 for delivery. You also have the option if you trust that nothing will ever go wrong with your machine and you won't have to return it is to send in your original 2X1GB RAM to OWC for a $15 rebate.

    Result: 2x2GB RAM and 2X1GB RAM to do what you want with at $142.49. With $15 rebate would be $127.49.
     
  4. richard.mac macrumors 603

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  5. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    Just go with Apple ram. It's not like before where they rip you off and then rape you on the price. Now, it's pretty much on par. And it makes you feel better and there is support if anything goes wrong. If you do it and if by the slightest chance you screw up, you're screwed. Not saying you don't have the skill, but just spend the extra 20 or something bucks and have an ease of mind.
     

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