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andi*pandi Mar 30, 2001 01:46 PM
why is RAM for old macs so expensive???
I just priced some memory for my sister's PM6500.

crucial&memoryx want $142 for a measily 64 MB DIMM.... I just paid $91 for 256 MB for my iMac!

and 64 is as high as they make for that model, apparently. So it doesn't make all that much sense to upgrade... she has 32+16=48 now, so would 32+64 be that much better.


anybody found any better deals, and can the PM 6500 actually handle more than the specs say?
SpinyNorman Mar 30, 2001 03:15 PM
Plentiful supply = lower prices.

Low supply = higher prices.

There simply aren't as many of the older DIMMs in the pipeline because there's less incentive to produce them in substantial quantities. It's not as if they're selling the same quantity as PC100's at those prices.
GLT Mar 30, 2001 04:50 PM
Check this out:

Scroll down to find her machine.
I've been using these guys for years.
They're RAM builders. First quality stuff.
$109. usually same day shipping.
SpinyNorman Mar 30, 2001 05:29 PM
datamem is at $99. They're very reliable.
finboy Mar 30, 2001 05:49 PM
Yep, those motherboards will only support 64M DIMMs.

But I get almost as much use out of my 5400 as I do my iMac, mainly because of all the stuff the 5400 will do that the iMac won't. At 200Mhz, it's a pretty snappy machine. Has video out, video in, a TV tuner, SCSI onboard, serial ports (2 of them!) and an ADB port built in. Plus, a remote control.

Edit: I left out the onboard ethernet and the open PCI slot (7").

Depends on what you want to do with the machine, I guess.

Shop smart, shop S-Mart! You got that!!?!!

[This message has been edited by finboy (edited 03-30-2001).]
Feathers Mar 30, 2001 08:42 PM
Check out a place called I got RAM for my 6100/66 at a quarter of what it would have cost elsewhere!
gumby5647 Apr 2, 2001 03:33 PM
6500 Ram is EDO or something like that, EDO stuff is generally expensive, from what i've heard....
jarends Apr 2, 2001 04:08 PM
try ebay too
Tristrami Apr 4, 2001 03:34 PM
1800 4 memory is selling 64mb DIMMS for $59.....

PM 5400/G3 400
Performa 6116CD
finboy Apr 4, 2001 06:26 PM
Thanks dude. Good to know.

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finboy Apr 4, 2001 11:56 PM
The 5400/5500/6400/6500 use 2k buffers, and the early machines will use FPM and not need EDO. But the stuff at for $59 is 4k -- it works in 7200s and other powermacs.

It's a common mistake, just be sure you don't buy the 4k (it'll show up as 32M if it's 64M, or half).

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Scotttheking Apr 9, 2001 07:44 AM
I got 176MB (supposed to be 192, but not complaining) on ebay for $150.
CommonSense Apr 25, 2001 01:29 PM
This might not be *exactly* what you need, but one vender is selling DIMMs for older Macs at half off right now (7300-9600):

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