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pugdog
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Feb 14, 2005, 04:18 AM
 
Where is a good place to buy ram for my 800Mhz G4 17" iMac?

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Feb 14, 2005, 07:40 AM
 
Many people will give you one word replies to your question: Crucial Here's my advice: Don't buy the cheapest (i.e. Coast-to-Coast/1800-4-MEMORY), and don't buy more most expensive (i.e. Crucial). When you buy from cheaper companies, you don't get name brand RAM. Most all RAM is produced by a small number of oversees vendors, but I have been told that the generic resellers use chips that failed the rigorous testing the name brand companies perform. Here's a secret, though: Crucial is not the only name brand memory seller. You can usually get away with buying generic RAM, but after one module failed on me I decided higher quality memory was worth the slight price difference. (One really confusing, rare occurrence is when a name brand vendor sells modules that are labeled as generic. The Mushkin RAM I got but have yet to install in my G5 was labeled as generic by dealram, but I decided to buy based on the name and great price from newegg.com.)

There are at least five name brand manufacturers/resellers: Crucial, Kingston, Mushkin, Viking, PNY and Corsair and Samsung. Crucial is too expensive, IMO, and their site, while pretty, is unhelpful because their memory selector presents too many module variations.

Kingston is more reasonably priced than Viking; both provide lifetime warranties. OTOH, PNY, the cheapest of the name brand RAM, only provides a 10 year warranty. Finally, I've written off Corsair entirely, since that company seems to cater exclusively to PC "enthusiasts," and a search for Apple yielded 0 results.

To start, go over to dealmac.com and take a look at the sales they have listed for your particular iMac. If you happen to have a specific brand of RAM in mind, do some price comparison shopping with Froogle. Try search terms that reference the brand and part number or desired size module you're looking for. You'll find a lot of smaller tech companies through Froogle; I bet most are reputable. The really difficult part is determining which companies have which parts in stock and then figuring out which is the cheapest after taxes and shipping.

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Feb 15, 2005, 04:26 PM
 
if upgrade it to 768 from 512 ram, will i really notice a difference ?, cause im still studying if should get a mini instead or just upgrade the ram on this imac, and just wait for like a mini RevB. or something
     
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Feb 15, 2005, 06:28 PM
 
How specific do the DIMMS need to be? I currently have two Crucial 512MB PC3200 DIMMS, Unbuffered, Non-ECC I'm using in my PC box. Not sure of the exact model number for the DIMMS. Will that work in an iMac G5? Thanks.
     
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Feb 15, 2005, 11:15 PM
 
Originally posted by DarthCarto:
How specific do the DIMMS need to be? I currently have two Crucial 512MB PC3200 DIMMS, Unbuffered, Non-ECC I'm using in my PC box. Not sure of the exact model number for the DIMMS. Will that work in an iMac G5? Thanks.
sorry man but if you didnt realized this topic is about imac g4 800mhz 17" , not imac g5.
     
   
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