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How to choose memory - a buyer's guide
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There are hundreds of thousands of makes and models of memory...How do I choose the right memory for my computer?

The easiest way is to select a reputable memory seller who tests and guarantees compatibility with your model computer, who offers a lifetime warranty, and a no-cost return (no restocking charges) if it doesn't work. (see the CanadaRAM 7 point protection plan for how we meet and exceed these standards).

Why is this important, isn't memory a commodity anyway? What's the difference as long as it says PC2700?

There are some basic memory specifications across the industry. Take PC2700 for example, this describes a DDR memory module that runs at 333 MHz. Then add DIMM or SODIMM, which describe the physical packaging of the memory. But that is not nearly half of the information you need to know if the RAM will work in your machine or not. Some of the variables are the number of chips on the module, the density of the individual memory chips, the timing, the organization of the chips into banks, rows and columns, and the Serial Presence Detect settings. Your computer will work with only some of the many possible constructions of module.

So quite apart from RAM being a commodity, there are many variations that have to be accounted for.

Thats where we come in. We know memory, we have been supplying it for over 17 years. We have multiple cross-references, which we use to ensure you get the right memory for your machine.

Will my machine perform faster if I buy more expensive RAM?

In general, if two RAM modules are compatible with your machine, they will perform identically, regardless of the price difference. The trick is to ensure that the RAM you are considering is in fact 100% compatible.

The computer sets the speed that the RAM is run at, not the RAM module. So installing faster than specified RAM usually makes no difference, the computer will simply run it at its standard speed. So there's no real reason to purchase higher than specified RAM. (Keep in mind that purchasing slower than specified speed RAM may not work at all, or may force the machine to slow down, and this is not recommeded.) On occasion, we will supply you with faster than specified RAM on your order, if the price is the same, the faster RAM is in stock and the faster RAM is compatible.

The exception is overclocking and motherboards that are capable of automatic memory buss optimizing. In the case of overclocking, the computer owner is manually changing their machine by adjusting it to run at faster than normal buss speeds. This has some inherent risk of instability, crashing, overheating and component failure if not done correctly. When overclocking, buy RAM that is rated for the maximum speed you intend to clock the memory buss at.

Some PC motherboards have optimization technology built in to take advantage of faster RAM. This is not often an increase in clock speed, but a reduction in Latency. Latency is the length of time that a RAM chip must 'recharge' after a memory operation, before being ready to take another operation. The latency, or down time, represents wasted time for the computer's processor if it has to wait for the RAM. Low latency RAM is more expensive, but it can give a modest speed boost to the computer, IF the motherboard is built to take advantage of lower latency (faster turnaround) timing. All the RAM in the machine typically has to be capable of the lower latency. Macintosh computers and most laptop computers do not have this ability; it is mostly found in PC motherboards starting with the Intel 865 and 875 motherboards that use DDR RAM.

How much RAM do I need?

This depends a lot on the operating system you are using, and the type of work you do (the programs you run, the size of your data sets, and the number of programs that you need to have open at one time.)

When the mount of work you are doing exceeds the amount of available RAM, you machine is forced to swap working memory on and off the hard drive. This slows the performance of the computer. Ideally, you want to always have more available memory than the total of all the programs and files you have open.

For Windows XP and Macintosh OS X, the operating system itself doesn't reach full speed untill you have 512 Mb or more of memory. Add to that your programs' requirements, and you should be looking at between 1.0 and 1.5 Gb of RAM ideally. Graphics (Photoshop, desktop publishing and illustration), digital audio and digital video use very large data sets, so 2 Gb or more RAM is usual for these. Please email or call us to discuss your requirements.

Will installing RAM void my manufacturer's warranty?

No, virtually every computer manufacturer allows you to install your own RAM, with no impact on your warranty, as long as you choose compatible RAM, and don't do any damage to the machine while installing.

One note: If you are sending in a computer for warranty service, it is a good idea to de-install your upgraded RAM and/or hard drives. Increasingly, warranty service is done by swapping the machine for another, so you stand a good chance of getting a different machine back without your upgrades! Also an excellent reason to have a complete backup of your data before sending in a machine for service.

Shoud I buy the RAM from the computer manufacturer? Isn't it better to have factory RAM?

In a word, No. None of the computer manufacturers build their own RAM, they buy it from RAM manufacturers like Samsung, Hynix, Micron and Siemens just like we do. So there really is no such thing as 'factory' RAM. However there is agood reason not to order extra RAM with your new computer -- the computer manufacturers use RAM as a way to boost profit on the sale of the machine, and they charge anywhere from 150% to 300% more for the memory than we do. Also, when you buy RAM with the machine, you get only 1 or 3 years warranty, compared to our lifetime warranty. SO, buy your computer with the minimum amount of RAM, and then call us.


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You are welcome to visit our store in Victoria BC 488F Bay St 250-382-6227, where Internet pricing meets Local Service. We carry network gear, cabling, computer components, refurbished, custom built and new computers musical instruments and recording hardware and software and have a large inventory of products, including many which we don't list online. If we don't have it, we can get it, usually within about 2 days. Ask us.


Shipping & handling:

$9.95 on RAM, $14.95 on other goods in Canada regardless of quantity ordered


Prices: are in Canadian Dollars, and are subject to change without notice. please Email to confirm price before ordering. GST is extra in Canada, PST in BC, HST in NB, NS, NF PEI and ON.

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Tollfree (877) 320-0225

Please note that we are in the Pacific time zone. We can often answer you faster by email than by phone. Kindly leave a voicemail if we are serving other customers and can't pick up your call.


Make sure to include the make and model of your machine, your full shippping address, phone number, correct email address, the number, expiry date and name on your credit card plus the card billing address and phone if different from shipping address. Payment accepted by VISA or Mastercard, PayPal or Canadian bank Interac Email Transfer. It must be your credit card and the card billing address and shipping addresses must match. For your protection, we may ask for additional proof of ID to be faxed. Third party address shipments require faxed confirmation. PayPal can be shipped to the verified address only, shipping insurance is mandatory. An invoice copy will be sent by email.

Gov't, Education and Corporate PO's accepted on prior approval of credit only. Download the Credit Application form and fax to (250) 385-6267


Shipping is via Xpress Post, Expedited Parcel, FedEx or Purolator at our choice. No PO Boxes for Purolator or FedEx. Orders received after shipping deadline or on weekends or holidays will be processed next business day. Addresses must be complete and with buzzer/entry code and or business name as appropriate. Please ensure that there is someone at the address during business hours to sign for the package. We do not guarantee delivery time, shipping estimates are for in stock goods only, or from the date that goods arrive in stock. Shipping time and cost may be higher in NT, NU, YT or remote areas as defined by the courier.


Shipping is at buyer's risk, Shipping insurance is 1.5% extra on the goods value or by quote - if declined, the buyer assumes all risk of loss or damage. Signature is required for insured parcels.


Installation: Goods are sold under the assumption that you have experience installing. Installation instructions for your specific machine are not included. Refer to your owner's manual or manufacturer's Web site. If you are not confident, please take your machine to a competent technician for installation. We are not responsible for any damage occuring during or after installation of purchased products, nor for any incidental or consequential damage or data loss arising from installation or use of purchased products.

Outside of Canada or the USA? We generally sell to North American addresses only. Please Email for shipping costs.

Warranty: We only sell fully warranteed premium quality memory, (so we cannot take trade-ins of used RAM). Full manufacturers' warranty terms apply. Customer is responsible for warranty replacement shipping. Returns by prior approval only, shipping is not refundable, restocking charge may apply on non-defective returns. Warranty replacement only, no return for refund on: Kingston memory, special order goods CPUs, Motherboards, opened flash memory, opened hard drives or software. Read the full Terms and conditions of sale. is a BBB Accredited Business. Click for the BBB Business Review of this Computers - Sys Designers & Consult in Victoria BC

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How do you know you are getting the right memory?
With the CanadaRAM 7 point protection plan you can be certain.

We feature Kingston, Crucial, DMS Certified, Samsung, Transcend, Lifetime and Corsair memory
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CanadaRAM is 100% Canadian owned and operated

We only sell new, fully warranted premium-quality RAM that meet JEDEC specifications plus are tested and guaranteed compatible with your computer. Full RAM manufacturers' warranty terms apply. We do not sell used memory, "B" stock or rejects. See our Terms & conditions of sale and Shipping policies.

Availability and price can change without notice. Email for up to date prices and ETA.

US Customers: Certified brand RAM US orders are shipped from NH, no Canadian taxes.

All brand names, model names and logos are trademarks of the respective companies and are used for identification purposes of compatible third party parts only.


Mac & PowerBook RAM PC RAM - Intel/AMD Desktop - Laptop

Apple MacPro, MacBook Pro, iMac Core Duo, intel Core i5, i7, Mini, Power Macintosh G5 & Dual-core G5, G4, G3, Aluminum & Titanium PowerBook G4, PowerBook G3, iBook G3, G4, eMac, Xserve, PowerMacs

Musical Instrument Sampler RAM
Akai, E-Mu, Fostex, Kurzweil, Roland, Yamaha memory upgrades

Music & Audio Hardware
MIDI & Digital audio interfaces, mixers, keyboards, effects, monitors, mics, Alesis, E-Mu, M-Audio, Presonus, Behringer, Akai Professional, Arturia, IK, Audio Technica

Batteries & Power
Notebook & laptop batteries, AC adaptors & automobile adaptors, Motherboard CMOS & PRAM lithium & alkaline batteries, NiMH rechargeable AA, iPod & iPhone batteries


RAM module types: DDR DIMMs and SODIMMs, DDR2, DDR3, FB-DIMMs, RAMBus RIMMs, SDRAM PC133, PC100, PC66, Flash

Desktops & Servers: Abit, Acer, Asus, Dell Dimension, Optiplex, Precision, Vostro, PowerEdge, Elite, EMachines, Gateway, Gigabyte, Hewlett-Packard Compaq Presario, Deskpro, Pavilion, IBM Lenovo Aptiva, NetVista Intellistation. Thinkstation, Thinkserver, MSI, Shuttle, Sony, Soyo, Touch, Cisco router memory, many others.

Notebooks & Laptops: Compaq Armada, Presario, Dell Inspiron, Latitude, Vostro, Studio, Eurocom, Fujitsu Lifebook, HP OmniBook, Pavilion, IBM-Lenovo Thinkpad, Edge, Panasonic Toughbook, Toshiba Portege, Tecra, Satellite, Qosmio, NEC Versa, Sony Vaio, many others

Digital Camera Flash memory cards
CF Cards, SmartMedia SM cards, MultiMedia Cards (MMC & RMMC) Secure Digital (SD, SDHC), MiniSD, MicroSD, MemoryStick, MemoryStick Duo, Pro, MagicGate, Transflash, XD Picture card, ATA Flash, USB Card readers. For Agfa, Canon, Casio, Epson, Fuji, H-P, Kodak, Nikon, Olympus, Ricoh, Sony, many other brands.

Laser Printer Memory
Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Xerox/Tektronix, Okidata, Canon, Samsung, Brother printers

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