Question about RAM/Warranties and how to buy

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by pundit, Mar 18, 2007.

  1. pundit macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2007
    I'm planning on buying a Macbook and need to do it relatively soon. I'd like the system with 2GB of RAM. I feel perfectly comfortable changing RAM. I understand that for Apple Care I need to have at least a stick of the actual Apple RAM installed. I assume that people commonly get non-Apple-branded RAM, and swap in the factory RAM for warranty support?

    I don't necessarily have a problem paying the store the $175 bump, but there seems something wrong about paying $300+ for 2GB of pretty average RAM in a retail store.

    I've heard that certain owners have been able to get warranty exchanges directly, if they purchased in a local Apple Store. I wonder if this is a common experience, and assume that if this is the case I should be buying locally in the area where I'll be staying.

    Whats the warranty return/exchange experience for those who purchased online from Do you have to ship the unit?

    Thanks in advance,

  2. tristan macrumors 6502a

    Jul 19, 2003
    high-rise in beautiful bethesda
    I always upgrade the RAM and I never have a problem with Applecare, but if that's true, just do the upgrade and then keep the old RAM just in case.
  3. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    i've not had a direct exchange, but i bought 2 gb of ram from newegg. it's performing well, and there were no troubles with installation. it was cheaper than upgrading through apple.
  4. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2004
    no you don't.....the thing is that when applecare starts troubleshooting a problem they tend to be quick to suspect 3rd party ram as the potential cause of whatever problem you're having. That can lead you into having to test the ram by reinstalling the original ram which can be a waste of time.

    By retaining your original ram you can swap it back into your computer and avoid having applecare get sidetracked with suspicions of bad 3rd party ram.

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