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Old Aug 24th, 2005, 01:47 AM   #1
 
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Question iBook G4 with 768 MB RAM... opinions?

I love my 12" ibook G4 to death, but I'd like to upgrade the RAM to make things run a little smoother. In particular, I'm really big into The Sims 2 and it'd be nice to play it with less skipped frames!

Anyways, I dropped into the local Westworld and apparently the price for 512 MB of RAM (my book had 256 built in) is $179... which would end up being around $200 including tax. I have two questions:

1) Will upgrading my RAM to 768 MB be worthwhile? I mostly only my ibook for internet surfing, playing media, downloading the odd tv show, and The Sims 2... but that being said I like my programs to run as smoothly as possible. So I guess I'm asking if the performance increase would justify the price? How noticeable will the difference be?...and speaking of the price...

2) Does anyone know of any places in the Vancouver area that I can buy quality compatible RAM for cheaper than $179? Places like Best Buy or Futureshop? I prefer to buy things from stores rather than online. And also, will there be any noticeable performance difference between the Apple RAM and other brands of RAM?

I know that these questions may have been asked before and I apologize if they have, but I really would like to get some answers and I appreciate any help you guys may have to offer. Thanks in advance!

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Old Aug 24th, 2005, 01:54 AM   #2
 
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PM TrentCanuck- a member here- he lives in Vancouver and often has laptop ram for sale, for reasonable prices...
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Old Aug 24th, 2005, 02:06 AM   #3
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Hi,

For that price you could get 1gb of ram. I am sure that CanadaRam will pipe in.

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For that price you could get 1gb of ram. I am sure that CanadaRam will pipe in.

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Definately get 1gig for that price. 512 should not cost more than $90 bucks. Look around and call around. This is a very good reliable source. Use USPS for shipping though.


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Canada Computers here in Ontario has similar pricing when you factor in exchange and shipping. However, they do not guarantee Apple compatibility.

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Old Aug 24th, 2005, 02:44 AM   #5
 
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Go with a 1 gig stick, you wont regret it.
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No difference..
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Thanks guys, and I appeciate the help, but I really would prefer if I bought it from a store and not from an online seller. It's just personal preference, really.

Does anyone have anything to say on the degree of impact it'll have on my computer's performance?

Thanks again!

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it will go from soggy to snap crackle and pop!
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Exactly. A 1 gig stick will provide a big performance bost.
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I have to agree aswell. Go all out and get the gig.
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Any RAM that is compatible with your Mac will run at precisely the same speed; because it is the Mac that controls the RAM speed, not the other way around. Apple of course doesn't make RAM, they sell the same Samsung, Micron, Hynix and IBM modules that resellers can.

The important thing is to get RAM that the seller tests and guarantees is compatible with your specific model Mac - you won't get that from FutureBestStapleCostBuyShopDepot. Also look for a lifetime warranty and a no-cost return if it doesn't work.

Since you have only one socket in the iBook, consider going with the 1 Gb module, because if you want to go beyond 768 later, the 512 would have to come back out.

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