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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2005 7:45 pm    Post subject: Will this work? Reply with quote

I'm a bit insecure buying ram by myself. Can someone tell me if this will work in a mini?

http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=74942&item=6753187970&rd=1

Not a bad price if it does!

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2005 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes it will work but you should check out Newegg first! 134 for PQI...
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2005 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are insecure buying it, will you be secure enough to install it? It's not as easy as unscrewing the case, you'll need to apply a bit of force to the case.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2005 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I should be OK to install it.

I'm just worried buying something on the net that might not work... harder to get a refund!

So here we go... Can someone explain it to me so I can stop asking myself what to look for?

What does DDR, 333 Mhz, PC2700 and SDRAM means, really? What should I look for, and what can be different from the specs in the mini?

Thanks...

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2005 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It specifies the type and speed of the RAM you need, although I think some of the information is redundent, i.e. pc2700 is 333mhz. The only think to watch out for is single channel vs. dual channel, you don't want dual channel, if it doesn't say dual, it's single. Most places that sell ram will list all the items you mentioned, so it's just a matter of looking in the list for what you want. If you stick with a good brand like Kingston, you won't have a problem and online prices can be half of retail. I've had great success with newegg.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2005 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you very much. Smile

Just so I can understand, on newegg, if I choose the speed PC2700, it says PC2700 (DDR333 166Mhz).

In the mini's specs, it says PC2700 (333MHz) DDR.

I just wonder what those speeds (333MHz, 166MHz) mean, considering that it is obviously the same kind of Ram. Confused

And what is the difference between cheap and Kingston RAM?

Sorry to bother; I'm a teacher! I need to understand!!! Smile

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2005 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I think the Apple specs should just say pc2700 ddr333. You can always get faster too I think, so pc3200 will work too, just make sure it's not dual channel stuff. I think the Apple specs also say non-ECC too right? (though I'm not sure, I get non-ECC cause it's cheaper)

The difference between good and cheap is the same as always, perhaps the creation process isn't as good, perhaps it's not quite up to spec, etc. Apple tends to be picky about RAM and other hardware, so I think it's best to go with the good instead of the cheap.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine came w/ PC3200 so that's what I bought. Not that it matters because of the bus limitiation, but at least I'll be able to use the RAM longer (in other machines).
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2005 5:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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at least I'll be able to use the RAM longer (in other machines).

PC3200 is backwards compatible with PC2700. Bubba's right about getting the PC3200! My only advice would be to get your RAM from a reputable dealer.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2005 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

blazer wrote:
PC3200 is backwards compatible with PC2700. Bubba's right about getting the PC3200! My only advice would be to get your RAM from a reputable dealer.

Can't go wrong with newegg!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2005 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks,

I finally bought DDR 400 Samsung from a store in Toronto. Newegg doesn't seem to deliver in Canada. 189$ (Can), so about 150 U$. Maybe I could have it cheaper, but the guy guaranteed compatibility, which is worth something for a nervous buyer like me!

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2005 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JS wrote:
I finally bought DDR 400 Samsung from a store in Toronto. Newegg doesn't seem to deliver in Canada. 189$ (Can), so about 150 U$. Maybe I could have it cheaper, but the guy guaranteed compatibility, which is worth something for a nervous buyer like me!

Coolness. Let us know how it goes!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2005 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AS soon as I get my mini! It's been the longest months of my life!!!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2005 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Newegg is sold out of the PQI but the price is down to $113! Shocked

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=20-141-198&depa=1
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2005 2:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like they got them back in and the price is down to 109 !
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