What memory for upgrade?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by roraz, Apr 16, 2005.

  1. roraz macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2005
    I want to add to the memory thats in my powerbook (currently the stock 512 that came with it). Do I have to use the memory from Apple or can i use a third party memory stick?

    Also is it safe to use third party memory alongside the apple memory already in my powerbook?
  2. Logik macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2004

    in that order of course.

    200-pin SODIMM - DDR PC2700

    that's the type you need. Crucial sucks and uses dynamic pricing depending on browser, time you visit, where you visit from, etc. so be careful buying from them, you could be paying more than you should have to.
  3. roraz thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2005
    when you say newegg.com do you mean "yes" i can use any third party memory as long as it fits the specification you described :D newegg doesn't really apply to me as I live in the UK, it would be http://www.dabs.com and http://www.ebuyer.com
  4. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    If you're in the UK, then look no further than:

    Use the memory selector at the top of the page to correctly spec the RAM for your exact model of Powerbook.

    Forget Dabs, they get their RAM from Crucial, anyway. And pass on an extra cost to you. Been there, got the T-shirt. :)

    Crucial send the RAM out by special delivery so expect to receive it pretty promptly.
  5. Logik macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2004
    you can use any ram, notice that some apple machines are picky about the ram you put in them. higher quality tends to work more frequently than the lower cost.

    Crucial is so damn overrated. I can't believe everyone gets their ram from them. I refuse to buy from them because of their dynamic pricing, that's just low and they won't get a dime from me. I personally am a Corsair guy. I have corsair in both my windows machine XMS PC3200 and Corsair ValueSelect in my PowerBook (512 cost me $80 almost a year ago, it was cheaper than crucial)
  6. mrviga macrumors member

    Jan 13, 2004
    So I am doing the same thing with my powerbook, and I went to newegg, and searched, and found plenty of 512 sticks. Does the brand not matter? I don't mind paying extra for reliability, but I REALLY don't want to have to return anything, that's just a pain. Thanks,

    Joe B.
  7. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    In most instances any brand works. Every Mac and PC I have ever owned I have purchased generic memory. Not once have I ever had a problem with faulty memory (18 and 0 so far). Basically you buy name brand memory so you have someone to blame if you get a faulty chip or if your one of those people who buys $150 jeans to say they are Diesel.
  8. roraz thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2005
    so can i put in the crucial memory (or any other brand that I buy :D ) alongside the apple memory already in my powerbook?
  9. MacTruck macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2005
    One Endless Loop

  10. Logik macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2004
    brand doesn't matter.. they're essentially all the same. some just use higher quality parts. I'd go with Corsair personally, but that's just my thing. Kingston works good too. I just refuse to give money to crucial for their decieving pricing crap.
  11. Jon'sLightBulbs macrumors 6502a

    Jan 31, 2005

    1 gig of kingston for a little over 100 bucks, lifetime warranty.
  12. DaveP macrumors 6502


    Mar 18, 2005
    Unless the price just went up, $139.99 is more than just a little over $100...
  13. Zargot macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2004
    Somebody explain to me the differences(besides price :rolleyes: ) in these Crucial part #'s:

    $199.99 memory

    $365.99 memory

    Below is my chat with a Crucial "expert" on these modules:

  14. Zargot macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2004
    Added a Gig to my PowerBook

    I bought the 1Gig Samsung module from Other World Computing for my new PowerBook and all is well so far... I paid $185 although they had modules they said would work from as low as $144 on up. I just like the comfort of name brand memory myself.
  15. Trout74 macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2005
    will my 512meg stick in my Mini, fit into my wife's soon to come powerbook 15"

  16. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
    Those who think that the brand of RAM doesn't matter are deceived. Sure, they're ok for word processing or browsing the web. But kernel panics, random crashes, higher CAS latency, higher rate of component failure... this is also what you buy with value RAM!

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