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#1 Sterling14

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Posted 06 November 2006 - 07:24 PM

I am looking to get a 1 gig ram card DDR pc 3200, 184 pin. I was looking through newegg and found one for only $76.99. I also found at my mall, in a best buy a 1 gig ram card DDR pc 3200, 184-pin for around 160$. Why is there such a big difference in price? I know the one off of newegg might not be the best, but for that price I might get two, and for basically the same price.

Here is the link for the product http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16820161626 Anyone see any problems? The reviews look pretty good too.
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Posted 06 November 2006 - 07:44 PM

because best buy is the devil and likes extorting you. Also could be a difference in the quality of ram.
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Posted 06 November 2006 - 08:10 PM

Ya i noticed a lot of there stuff is really expensive. Well i'm willing to get it even if it is a cheaper card for that price. Thanks for the help
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Posted 06 November 2006 - 09:33 PM

I thought the name was Best Lie

check this link http://www.bestbuysux.org/


seriously, I only buy computer items on line all the local retailers have rippoff prices.

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Posted 06 November 2006 - 09:58 PM

Hi Sterling14,
You should NOT skimp on the quality of RAM.
I'd suggest you go here to Corsair and use the config tool determine the proper piece then shop for that if you like.
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Posted 06 November 2006 - 10:24 PM

I would buy RAM from one of these three companys:
(just plug in your specs, they'll give you options)

Crucial
Kingston
Corsair

There are such things as cheap , ninety day , or generic RAM, which is actually sold, and doesn't meet the minimum standards of the JEDEC (Joint Electron Device Engineering Council), for use in computers. But it is still sold, and un-informed people, still buy it.

RAM can generally be divided into a few classes:
(Excepting Performance or Overclockers RAM, which is made to the highest tolerances)

Premium or Lifetime Warranty: This RAM is made from Identical chips, all tested and meeting the assemblers standards, all from the same chip manufacturer and lot.
The capacitors and resistors are of the highest standard, and exceed the JEDEC standard, and all are installed on a circuit board which is thicker than required .
The final product is tested to confirm that it is stable at the rated speed.

One Year Warranty: Very close, but may include memory chips from different batches, although still the same manufacturer.
The circuit board tends to be at least one ply thinner, and the resistors and capacitors may have more variance.
These still meet the JEDEC standards, and are tested to make sure they are stable at the specified speed.

OEM: These are intended for sale to a manufacturer, not for resale, although they are often sold retail.
Often if you buy two sticks, you will find that they have memory chips from different manufacturers.
They still meet standards (the chips are certified to meet the manufacturers specifications), but are often yet another ply thinner, and once again, may have more variance in the tolerance of resistors and capacitors, and may use fewer, than on higher quality RAM.

Generic or 90 Day RAM: This is the lowest quality you will generally encounter.
Often these are made of leftover chips; ones salvaged from returned and failed RAM,
RAM designed to run at a higher speed which failed and became unstable.
They're put on really thin boards, which do not meet the JEDEC standard.
They rarely have even the minimum number, and quality of resistors and capacitors, recomended by the JEDEC .

Also, if you touch the RAM anywhere except the edges, you should know that the oils and salts in your skin are corrosive, and will eventually damage the ram.
And if you touch it without observing anti-static precautions, you can cause damage, which may show up immediately, or somewhere down the line.

This is why I always recommend that you spend the extra money to buy Quality Name Brand RAM with a lifetime warranty.
I also prefer to buy all RAM at one time when possible, and at a minimum, make sure it has identical specifications (easiest method, make sure it is same manufacturer and model).
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Posted 07 November 2006 - 02:18 AM

I thought the name was Best Lie

check this link http://www.bestbuysux.org/


seriously, I only buy computer items on line all the local retailers have rippoff prices.


I didn't find all their prices horrible. Got a MX518 mouse their extremely cheap, and there's no shipping. But RAM, vidoe cards, other componatns I suggest buying online. Things like keyboards, mice, monitors and such are usuauly priced pretty well at Best buy and you can test them out. But I agree on their RAM prices, their AGP X1600 Pro's are like 229$ CDN at Bestbuy.
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Posted 07 November 2006 - 05:23 AM

I have to say ebay is always a good option to have a look to see what the price comparisons are. Just make sure it is new condition. You should be fine. Only a option but you can normally pick it up a fair few pieces of silver cheaper.

Well in UK anyway.
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Posted 07 November 2006 - 05:24 PM

Thanks for the replies! Well i looked at that ram again and noticed they raised the price up 20 dollars :thumbsup: but it does have a one year warranty on it so I guess it can't be that bad. I'll still look around though I'm not getting it until Christmas anyways.
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Posted 08 November 2006 - 03:47 PM

Some BestBuy prices are good, some aren't - depends on what they've gotta pay for them.

Generally tho' - you'll get a better deal for the same product by shopping online.
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