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Who has suggestions on where to buy good, 3200 G5 RAM?
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Sep 14, 2003, 06:59 PM
 
I've had several favorites in the past for my 7500, 9600, duel 500. But matched pairs...I wanna be sure without breaking the piggy bank.

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Sep 14, 2003, 08:18 PM
 
just buy crucial. You don't need to buy a fancy case of "match" memory. It's a marketing scam. And didn't you already ask this in another thread?
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Sep 14, 2003, 10:18 PM
 
I would highly recommend RamJet. Great customer service, lifetime warranty on RAM.

Make sure you buy good RAM. Don't just find the cheapest you can get. If that is what you do, be prepared for heartache. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING can get you as frustrated or pissed off as spotty RAM. I know, I have been there...

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Sep 14, 2003, 10:25 PM
 
Originally posted by GeoMac:
just buy crucial. You don't need to buy a fancy case of "match" memory. It's a marketing scam. And didn't you already ask this in another thread?
Thanks....and I don't think I did bring this up before.....unless, MY memory is failing!
     
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Sep 14, 2003, 10:58 PM
 
Originally posted by rlmorel:
I would highly recommend RamJet. Great customer service, lifetime warranty on RAM.

Make sure you buy good RAM. Don't just find the cheapest you can get. If that is what you do, be prepared for heartache. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING can get you as frustrated or pissed off as spotty RAM. I know, I have been there...
Thanks. I'll check'em out.

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Sep 15, 2003, 07:42 PM
 
www.pricewatch.com

They have really cheap prices for RAM, but be careful on the SHIPPING costs. Some places make up for their cheap prices in "shipping and handling."

By the way, there's no such thing as "Mac RAM" or "PC RAM," all you need to know is that you need PC3200 DDR.

Whatever you do, don't tell the salesperson you have a Mac. They'll double the price on the RAM.
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Sep 15, 2003, 08:34 PM
 
You can afford a G5.. why not on RAM?
I put a pair of Crucial DDR RAM inside my DP 1.25
     
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Sep 15, 2003, 09:01 PM
 
Originally posted by Kenneth:
You can afford a G5.. why not on RAM?
I put a pair of Crucial DDR RAM inside my DP 1.25
Thanks Ken-

I don't want cheap ram--nor do I expect to pay what Microwarehouse (defunct) or Apple charges. Crucial looks good-even OWC. But, 2 1gig sticks vs. 4 512s should do me just fine. I still gotta get my daughter her new PB.

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Sep 15, 2003, 09:07 PM
 
Originally posted by olePigeon:
www.pricewatch.com

They have really cheap prices for RAM, but be careful on the SHIPPING costs. Some places make up for their cheap prices in "shipping and handling."

By the way, there's no such thing as "Mac RAM" or "PC RAM," all you need to know is that you need PC3200 DDR.

Whatever you do, don't tell the salesperson you have a Mac. They'll double the price on the RAM.
Thanks.....I'll be careful. Can you be alittle more specific on who price gouges on ram?

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Sep 15, 2003, 09:11 PM
 
Which one works on the G5 and is better?


$94.00
DDR PC3200 • CL=3 • Unbuffered • Non-parity • 5ns • 2.5V • 64Meg x 64_

or

$115.99
DDR PC3200 • CL=3 • Unbuffered • ECC • 5ns • 2.5V • 64Meg x 72_

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Sep 15, 2003, 09:23 PM
 
Originally posted by Webscreamer:
Which one works on the G5 and is better?


$94.00
DDR PC3200 • CL=3 • Unbuffered • Non-parity • 5ns • 2.5V • 64Meg x 64_

or

$115.99
DDR PC3200 • CL=3 • Unbuffered • ECC • 5ns • 2.5V • 64Meg x 72_

Apple recommends the non-parity, I do believe.
     
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Sep 15, 2003, 09:33 PM
 
The G5 cannot use ECC RAM afaik, so make sure you get the non-ECC memory.
     
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Sep 15, 2003, 10:42 PM
 
I notice the largest DDR PC3200 Crucial sells is 512MB. Since I tend to keep my computers a long time I'd like to buy 1GB memory so I can go up to 8GB sometime in the future. Anyone know where I can find 1GB memory for the Dual G5? Or is 1GB memory so expensive it wouldn't be worth the cost right now?

Apple charges too much for their memory; and, incredibly, charges more per memory card the more you get:
2x1GB = $1050 ($525 each)
4x1GB = $2350 ($588 each)
8x1GB = $4950 ($619 each)

Anyone know if the Dual G5's memory CAS latency is CL=3?

By the way, I'm upgrading from a Centris 650 so I probably need to invest in a seatbelt as well
     
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Sep 15, 2003, 11:43 PM
 
RAM modules from transintl.com also a good pick.
     
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Sep 15, 2003, 11:52 PM
 
Originally posted by Kenneth:
RAM modules from transintl.com also a good pick.
Yup...I've bought pc100s from them. They are a reliable source. Thanks.

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Sep 16, 2003, 12:31 AM
 
http://www.newegg.com

Unbelievably fast and cheap shipping. The best prices all around. The ram is good quality, too.
     
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Sep 16, 2003, 09:35 AM
 
Originally posted by Renderdog:
By the way, I'm upgrading from a Centris 650 so I probably need to invest in a seatbelt as well
Holy crap, you're in for a shock. Going from a 25MHz 68040 to at least a 1.6GHz G5 (maybe dual 2GHz, did you specify?)

On clock speed alone, that's a 65x (6500%) increase. I suspect a G5 is a lot faster per-MHz than a 68040 too, since it's 10 years newer.

Have fun.
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Sep 16, 2003, 09:37 AM
 
Originally posted by idyll:
http://www.newegg.com

Unbelievably fast and cheap shipping. The best prices all around. The ram is good quality, too.
I've bought hard drives from newegg in the past and was very happy with the transaction.

When I buy RAM, I go to ramseeker, dealram, and pricewatch and buy the cheapest ram to spec that I can find (including shipping).
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Sep 16, 2003, 07:17 PM
 
My suggestion remains www.pricewatch.com

$155 will get you 1GB PC3200 CL2.5 with copper heatsink and a lifetime warranty, free shipping. (About 5 to 7 spots down.)

Originally posted by Kahpoosta Kid:
Thanks.....I'll be careful. Can you be alittle more specific on who price gouges on ram?
Be weary of ANY vendor, especially so-called "Mac vendors." The whole "Mac RAM" thing started when Apple still used 5v DIMMs well off even after most of the PC industry went on to the 3v. The 5v RAM was generally more expensive than the 3v RAM and Apple was one of the straggling companies still using it. So if anyone came in looking for 5v RAM it was pretty much a given that they were using a Macintosh. So Mac users were paying more money for the 5v RAM to use in their Macs.

Unfortunately the term stayed around well after Apple had moved to the more common 3v PCxxx series of RAM. Companies would (and still do) overcharge Macintosh customers for "Mac RAM," even though nowadays RAM is just RAM and it runs in all computers Macs or PCs just the same (well, assuming your computer supports whatever speed you're buying.)
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Sep 16, 2003, 10:09 PM
 
Originally posted by olePigeon:
My suggestion remains www.pricewatch.com

$155 will get you 1GB PC3200 CL2.5 with copper heatsink and a lifetime warranty, free shipping. (About 5 to 7 spots down.)


Unfortunately the term stayed around well after Apple had moved to the more common 3v PCxxx series of RAM. Companies would (and still do) overcharge Macintosh customers for "Mac RAM," even though nowadays RAM is just RAM and it runs in all computers Macs or PCs just the same (well, assuming your computer supports whatever speed you're buying.)
Ah-ha..yes! I remember feeling I was being 'stiffed' when upgrading 5v memory for my old Mactell clone. Thanks!

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Sep 16, 2003, 10:53 PM
 
Originally posted by olePigeon:
My suggestion remains www.pricewatch.com

$155 will get you 1GB PC3200 CL2.5 with copper heatsink and a lifetime warranty, free shipping. (About 5 to 7 spots down.)

So are all of these vendors reliable? 2x1GB for roughly $300 sounds good to me...
     
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Sep 17, 2003, 04:09 AM
 
Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't most of the memory at Pricewatch 2x512MB, not 1GB chips?

And does anyone know the CAS latency for the G5's? G4's use 2.5 and many of the vendors don't say what their chips are.
     
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Sep 17, 2003, 05:07 AM
 
Originally posted by Renderdog:
By the way, I'm upgrading from a Centris 650 so I probably need to invest in a seatbelt as well
Holy COW!!!!!!!! if you're upgrading from a Centris, you might also want to get some professional counseling to prepare you for the orders of magnitude boost in speed, too!

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Sep 17, 2003, 05:58 AM
 
Mac Warehouse has 1gig (2x512) deals @ $200... meaning that you could upgrade a 1gig to 4gig w/ all 512s for $600... where on the Mac site 4gigs cost $2500... that's a deal, i'd say
     
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Crucial.
     
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Originally posted by Cipher13:
Crucial.
Crucial doesn't carry 1GB DIMMs, they're CL3 (the slowest), and costs you $100 for only 512MB anyway.

Plus, the Pricewatch vendors I'm looking at are selling 1GB (1024MB, not 2x512MB) DIMMs at only 2.5 latency for only $50 more.
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Originally posted by olePigeon:
Crucial doesn't carry 1GB DIMMs, they're CL3 (the slowest), and costs you $100 for only 512MB anyway.

Plus, the Pricewatch vendors I'm looking at are selling 1GB (1024MB, not 2x512MB) DIMMs at only 2.5 latency for only $50 more.
Are you sure they're 1GB DIMMs? If they are I'll definitely go for it, I just want to make sure first.

Would you recommend any specific vendor(s) over others?
     
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Originally posted by saltines17:
Are you sure they're 1GB DIMMs? If they are I'll definitely go for it, I just want to make sure first.

Would you recommend any specific vendor(s) over others?
I'm pretty darn sure they're 1GB, but I would strongly suggest you go ahead and contact them before buying. Pricewatch offers contact numbers (most of which are 800, or at least email) and ask the vendors first.

I can't recommend any particular vendor because they're far and inbetween and I've never gone through the same one twice.
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Originally posted by olePigeon:
I'm pretty darn sure they're 1GB, but I would strongly suggest you go ahead and contact them before buying. Pricewatch offers contact numbers (most of which are 800, or at least email) and ask the vendors first.

I can't recommend any particular vendor because they're far and inbetween and I've never gone through the same one twice.
Ok, I'll do that. Thank you.
     
   
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