Why does the cost of RAM varey so much?

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  1. Keysersozeh

    Keysersozeh The Devil Himself

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    I am looking to get 2-gigs of 240-pin DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz. I go on newegg and there is ram from like $109 to $270.

    Any suggestions? Brands? What to watch out for?

    Thanks :bigthumb:
     
  2. Keysersozeh

    Keysersozeh The Devil Himself

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    Would I have issues with my system if I put higher speed memory in?
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    Corsair ValueSelect is my recommendation.

    I recommend matching the speed, but "hypothetically" it's backwards-compatible.
     
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    Kingston Value ram is fine, Corsair is good as well. Be sure to make sure that they are not ECC or Buffered of even Full buffered you dont need that shit.
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    buffalo = no. Don't do it.

    kingston is the overpriced crap.
     
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    to answer the op's ? :

    look at the timings, if it is buffered or unbuffered, and ecc vs non....those are the major pricing differences between sticks of the same size and speed
     
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    DaIceMan Jack Bauer > *.*

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    I just ordered some corsair value select for my file server. 667, and when I put it in, it auto detected at 825. not bad for $64/gb.
     
  9. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    They're out of stock on it, but Frys has 2x1gb of DDR2 667/PC2-5300 for $95

    It's Patriot memory which is made in the US.


    http://shop2.outpost.com/product/4565617

    I don't know what their policy is, but I imagine that they'll honor the price at a later date if you contact them.
     
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    Corsair ValueSelect is crap. I use to suggestion this to people in the past. But after getting 2 bad sets of kits back to back, one being worse than the other.

    As for the why the prices vary, look at the specs beyond just the speed. Look at the brand. Look at the timing.

    No matter what brand, and other specs, you go with. First thing you do when you get it, test it. Get memtest86+ www.memtest.org and just let it run.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I just checked Frys policy, and if you order the memory at that link they will honor that price when it comes in, but they won't charge your card until it does.

    ETA on the memory is two weeks.
     
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    Patriot ram is shit, thats Fry's buddy brand... Like GQ Systems, Emprix shit... ect ect but if you can get some that works abuse the shit out of the life time instore warrenty on them bitches.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I'm not sure where you read that, but you're mistaken.

    Patriot is it's own brand. Newegg carries it.

    In this benchmark of 8 brands, it misses first place by just a tick.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/02/21/overclocking-9-value-priced-ddr2-800-kits/index.html

    The only thing that beats it is Crucial Balistix, which is a lot more expensive.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I purchased 2gb of the stuff from that benchmark from Newegg yesterday.
    I especially like that it's made/assembled in the US.
     
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    From what i've seen, the price of ram gets cheaper around summer time.

    Just a couple of months ago i bought 2gb of ddr2 800 ram for 210 bucks or so. I think now its down to around 140ish for 2gbs of the same ram.

    Its a really nice time to buy ram right now. You dont need to try to find a bargain price on some bad ram. Just go with the top name brands. If you find ram thats less than $70/ gig, its probably not good ram.
     
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    Its part of frys Buddy brand... IE they are buddy with the Manufacture of said RAM, I have used it 100's of times and I am not saying its crap I am I am ust saying its not the best stuff out there.
     

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