The best prices on RAM. If there is a theme here at ramseeker it is that it’s my goal to help you get the best deal on RAM that you can. Yes, memory has dropped in price in recent times but it still costs money to upgrade your desktop or notebook computer, and in most cases it is your hard earned money you’re spending on RAM so of course you want to find the cheapest RAM price you can find when it comes to ram upgrades for either your notebook or desktop computer, and I can help.
What you need when it comes to shopping for memory upgrades is the right upgrade at the best price. That’s it. It’s nice to shop for name brand memory but it’s not needed unless you’re doing mission critical work with your computer, but for the most of us we’re just surfing the internet, or some other task such as facebook and using generic memory upgrades when shopping for RAM.
Why you want to look out for generic RAM as opposed to name brand memory is that for the most part – save for the little sticker on the ram module, there’s not a whole lot of difference between the two, except the price and it’s always been my policy to list the lowest price available for memory upgrades from the various memory manufacturers or resellers regardless of whether the memory is name brand or generic. If there’s an option, I have always tracked memory prices for generic ram as in most cases, generic memory is cheaper.
You cannot put faster memory upgrades into an old MacBook. You might be able to add more memory to your MacBook depending on your specific Apple MacBook you’re in the market to upgrade, but no – you cannot add faster ram. Adding more RAM, yes you can – assuming you have not maxed out the MacBook RAM already on your Apple MacBook.
MacBook Memory comes in two flavors currently: DDR2 PC5300 sdram sodimms, and DDR3 SDRAM sodimms running at 1066MHz, which if you notice, is twice as fast as the older MacBook ram. For the older MacBook models, the maximum memory you can apply again depends on both who you talk to and what exact older MacBook you have. Some memory stores like OWC, will state that on the MacBook models where 2GB is the maximum RAM you can squeek another 1GB of RAM into the old MacBook by installing a 1GB memory upgrade for MacBook in the first slot and a 2GB memory upgrade module in the second slot. It’s always to suggest what Apple suggests, and leave the overclocking and other performance tweaks to others. If you are insterested in squeezing every last drop of performance out of your Apple computer accelerate your mac is a great resource about speeding up your MacBook
The same goes for the slightly newer MacBooks that maxed out at 4GB PC5300 DDR2 sdram sodimms : word on the street is you could effectively install 6GB of RAM into these older MacBooks, and it’s been reported to work just fine, but I can’t recommend doing this, if Apple states that 4GB is the maximum MacBook RAM, then that’s what I state and list as the MacBook maximum ram limit.
By theory, you should be OK with more RAM than officially stated, due in part that when the older MacBooks were released, the larger memory sizes were not released yet so the maximum memory stated was in part due to the biggest RAM upgrade available for MacBook at the time. But still, I list what Apple states as the maximum memory allowable.
**Cheapest MacBook RAM Prices.
Below is a little chart with the lowest ram prices for both older discontinued MacBooks and new and current shipping MacBooks too:
I’m not really looking to start a Mac vs PC discussion with this post, but I was asked this today and of course I am completely biased, as I grew up with the Mac so I just learned to be a died in the wool Apple Mac user and fan. I’d pick the iMac, without a doubt.
But there’s lots of you out there that would disagree and one of the benefits over the Apple iMac when shopping for an all in one HP is that the HP computers sure are cheaper. The title of this article states HP desktop but to be fair I think a HP branded all in one computer needs to be compared to Apple’s all in one computer: the Apple iMac.
On the HP website, the cheapest HP branded (there’s a cheaper compaq computer but it’s not an HP) all in one PC is currently the HP Omni 100z series Standard features included Windows 7 premium 64 bit. AMD Athlon II processor running at 2.0GHz, 2GB of DDR3 1066 SDRAM, 500GB hard drive, 20 inch LCD display and a wireless card which should come as standard equipment on anything. Heck, my phone and many other cellular phones can use wi-fi. This HP computer sells for $449.00
On the Apple site, the cheapest Apple iMac you can buy is $1199.00 which even without digging deeper on the Apple iMac’s specifications you can tell that the iMac cost significantly more than the all in one offering from HP. You could buy close to three HP computers for the same price as the low end iMac.
The Apple iMac does ship with a bigger LCD display and comes with a faster processor running a 3.06 GHz using dual core i3 processors. The iMac also ships standard with twice as much RAM as the low priced HP computer and also includes wi-fi.
The Apple is also more compatible with most other Apple products, as it’s all in the family but the HP can connect to Apple iPods and the like too.
So the decision on what is the best might come down to budget. At just over $400, the HP computer sure is a bargain for an all in one computer. The iMac on the other hand has a bigger screen, faster processor and we won’t even get into comparing Apple vs Windows operating systems.
So. On a Budget? HP wins for a cheap all in one. If you want a Mac be prepared to spend considerably more but you get more speed in the form of ram and processor. The choice, ultimately is yours to make on whether you buy a HP desktop< or an Apple desktop computer.
Most, when looking for memory upgrades for their computers tend to associate the best computer ram with the cheapest computer RAM and the two don’t mean the same thing in most cases. You can buy cheap RAM from a long list of memory sellers. Heck, in an afternoon I could set up a ram memory store and sell you memory, but retail is not one of my strong points so I’ll stick to helping you get the best deal on RAM and let the others specialize in selling RAM.
So, where to Buy RAM? I compare and monitor memory prices from a select few memory stores who meet my qualification as to what a good memory store should be, and that’s they should offer a fair price on RAM upgrades for either your Mac or PC computer. I tend to lean towards the Apple computer and am more familiar with Apple Memory such as iMac Memory or MacBook memory, but this is the year I change this and my goal is to help you get the best deal possible on RAM regardless of whether you are a Mac OS or Windows user.
Another resource for buying RAM and where to buy Memory is the list of memory stores I have created to help you determine where you want to buy RAM from. RAM prices change, (lately, they’ve been dropping) so you should take some time to get the best deal on ram upgrades because I have found in the years I have been tracking memory that different memory shops have different ideas on the what the definition of lowest price ram means.
Over the past dozen or so years I have been tracking Apple memory prices, I have found I’m reluctant to recommend one specific memory store as I have no place to suggest the best value when it comes to ram upgrades as value is a subjective thing and for you, the best place to buy Apple Memory might be Best Buy or some other electronics retailer in the USA as it’s local and convenient.MacBook Pro RAM is one of the most popular Apple Memory you can buy today:
If you’re buying a a new Apple computer, then the best bet might be just to order your Apple Mac full of ram direct from the factory. This is in most cases, the most expensive memory you can buy but you gain in convenience and can use Apple’s one click ordering system to buy the Mac and RAM at the same time. You don’t need to worry about memory installation instructions or anti-static wrist bands and and the trouble of buying a Mac and then having to worry about where you are going to buy RAM from.
But for most, “best place” translates to “cheapest place” when it comes to RAM as there’s a good chance you are looking for a deal on RAM as opposed to paying full price. But you still need to consider the chance of bad ram, as it is super-rare but does happen and if it happens to you you know you want to buy Apple Memory or memory for any PC from a memory store that offers support if you do run into a problem with your apple RAM upgrade.
So I’ll leave it to you to decide where or whom exactly to buy ram from, but I can make a few suggestions:
Compare Apple RAM prices. If price is the dominant factor when it comes to memory upgrades, then I have done the legwork for you and list current apple memory prices for all Apple computers where you can easily find the price you want for RAM.</p>
If you’re just looking for ram stores to buy from, check out my list of best memory stores in the sidebar of this article. Every one of these memory sellers have been in business for over ten plus years and have helped thousands get the right ram for your Mac every time.
Apple Memory is cheap, and you really can’t go wrong with any of the memory stores I have recommended above. If you need further help with your memory upgrades for Apple or any computer, feel free to contact me. I’m happy to help.