Upgraded Ram from Best Buy

dwburnell

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Aug 26, 2010
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Hey everyone,

I am going to be getting my air next week. I have to get it at Best Buy because I got a gift card through work. Does anyone know if there is a way to get the 8gb ram in the 13" i5 MBA or is the only way through Apple. I don't mind the 4gb but though 8gb would be nice.
 

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Unless they have an 8 GB one lying around then no. It's generally an upgrade option via the Apple Store.
 

radiohed

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Oct 17, 2007
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Portland, ME
My wife has the 2011 MBA, and it runs fine with 4gb. I am always amazed at the speed of the Air with the SSD. You will be happy with the 4gb version. Enjoy! :D
 

stockcerts

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Jun 29, 2007
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You need to order a MBA with the amount of RAM you want.

You can get built to order MBAs from:

Apple.com
MacMall.com
I just checked out MacMall and they do offer the RAM upgrades, but they charge sales tax, so Apple would be a better choice.

My goal is to find an online merchant that sells the MBA's with upgraded memory and no sales tax. I may end up getting my MBA from Amazon and pass on the memory upgrade. :rolleyes:
 

LaunchpadBS

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Nov 11, 2008
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I believe one can upgrade the ram in a MBA yourself but I'm not sure if it voids the warranty, but it's not all that complicated, there are loads of youtube vids on how to.
 

LaunchpadBS

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Nov 11, 2008
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The ram is soldered onto the motherboard.
Yes I see that now after watching one of the vids, seems only the SSD blades are easier to replace, but they do cost a pretty penny.
4GB ram with an SSD should be plenty, with the bus speeds now days and SATA3 ram isn't as big a factor as it used to be (depending on how the OS handles virtual memory).
 

technopimp

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Aug 12, 2009
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I just checked out MacMall and they do offer the RAM upgrades, but they charge sales tax, so Apple would be a better choice.

My goal is to find an online merchant that sells the MBA's with upgraded memory and no sales tax. I may end up getting my MBA from Amazon and pass on the memory upgrade. :rolleyes:
MacMall only charges sales tax in a few states (looks like you're in CA, which is one of them). I believe Apple would charge tax just about anywhere. Plus, MacMall generally is a bit cheaper, and there's another site that usually has a 2-4% coupon code that's good for anything. They also do 12 months same as cash, if that's something you'd be interested in.