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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Kingston Memory For Macs

I just upgraded my almost-3-years-old iMac G5's memory a couple of days ago. When I got that computer, it only had 512MB of memory and upgrading it at that time was pretty expensive. If I remember correctly, it would have cost me over Php 10,000 (and this wasn't even the very expensive Apple branded memory) to add 2G. So I just decided that I was going to wait for the price to go down. And when I looked around a couple of weeks ago, I was happy to find that upgrading my G5's memory was now within my budget. I decided to go for Kingston memory (you don't have to use the Apple branded ones which are quite expensive!). If you go to the Kingston website, they have a very handy tool that lets you find what type of memory module you need based on the computer that you have. Just choose Apple from the Search by manufacturer drop-down menu, then click the button and it will bring you to a page that lists the Apple systems that Kingston develops memory modules for. So I just easily searched for what specific model I needed and listed down the part number. And then I called a couple of local Kingston resellers to find a good deal. I decided to get a 2G module (as opposed to just 1G) to max out my iMac G5's memory. The reseller had to order the part which took about 2 weeks and then they delivered it to my house for free. It cost me Php 3,000. I know it's still a bit expensive, but I still don't think it was as overpriced as the Apple branded ones. And I believe Kingston makes good products anyway, so I didn't feel so bad about shelling out 3,000. Other local resellers probably sell Kingston memory at lower prices, but I had a hard time finding one that sold the specific module that I needed (I wasn't sure exactly why other resellers said they didn't sell it since you could just order it from the distributor anyway). There was even one reseller that insisted that Kingston didn't make 2G modules for the iMac G5. And this was even after I told him that I was looking at the Kingston website as we were talking over the phone, and that the info said that there is in fact a 2G module for my old G5. But anyway, I found what I needed and was able to succesfully upgrade my memory so I'm pretty happy about that.

Here is where you can find a list of Philippine Kingston distributors. You can try calling any of the companies listed and ask them for a list of resellers that are near your area.
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Anonymous said...

I bought my Mac mini with the memory maxed out to avoid that problem, hehehe.

Let me know how that turns out. Did you get AppleCare for your Mac?

pinoymaclover said...

Yeah, I did for this G5. And unfortunately I've had to use it a lot. Haha! No, but the AppleCare's been great. My hard drive crashed a couple of months ago and I was able to have it replaced. I found some dark, kind of burn spots on the LCD and was able to have it replaced (And they weren't even seriously impeding my ability to read the screen. For awhile I just thought they were tiny shadows being cast by the lamp beside my computer. Haha!). Didn't have to pay for anything (well... except for the AppleCare of course, but I think I would have paid more to have both those parts replaced out of warranty).

I just got an MBP and I'm thinking if I should get AppleCare for it too. I'll be postponing my decision until my MBP is 11 months and 29 days old. Haha. Ofcourse the ideal situation is to never need AppleCare, but you never really know. So for me, I think it's much better to have AppleCare and NOT need it, than to all of a sudden need AppleCare and NOT have it.

Anonymous said...

how much does iphone cost nowadays?



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