Need Memory? Go to Crucial

My Mum’s laptop has been slowing down on her recently and she’s clearly getting fed up with it. Admittedly it was the bottom of the range and bought 2.5 years ago. It’s running XP Home with 256MB RAM so I’m not surprised. Anyway, I finally went and checked on the Crucial website to see how much it would cost to perhaps buy a 1GB RAM stick for her. The laptop can run 2GB max but I figured, get 1GB for now and another later on. I put in the details of her laptop and it came back with the exact type of RAM I needed and 2GB for £28. It’s a no brainer really, £28 for 2GB of RAM? It was only 18 months ago I paid about £65 for 1GB for my old laptop (which then died the following week much to my annoyance! It wasn’t the RAM by the way ;)). So I put the 2GB into my basket. Whilst I was there I checked on the new desktop we purchased last month to run as our server. I got a very good deal on a Dell Optiplex at just over £300. It’s currently got 2GB of RAM in it but can take another 2GB. After a quick look I found 2*1GB sticks for £28 for that computer. Another bargain! So another add to basket.

Crucial is a fantastic site. The main site is for the US but in the top right you can switch to the UK site. They do free shipping for 3-5 days after purchase, which is fine by me (although I ordered this yesterday and it arrived in the post today!). And if you’re not 100% certain on your equipment you can go to the site using your laptop/desktop and just use the system scanner. It will tell you what you already have and what RAM is suitable for you. It also does graphic cards and sells a few other peripherals but RAM is what it started with and its main focus. It’s a fantastic site, so easy to use and you won’t leave there with the wrong kind of memory for your machine.

My only other experience of buying RAM wasn’t so great. I had an old Packard Bell that had about 64MB of RAM so I called up Maplins, a local electronics shop (they’re a chain shop, not a one man band). I told them exactly what I had and was sold 256MB RAM for the laptop. I went over to pick it up, got home, pulled the cover off the laptop and took a stick out the box. Hmm the stick was twice the size of the slot! They’d given me desktop RAM not laptop RAM. So another half hour round trip, and this time I took my laptop with me so that they could fit it in the shop. I wasn’t impressed!

Anyway, if you’ve got a spare slot or not running to your full capacity (or you don’t know what the full capacity of your machine is) then go over to Crucial, run the system scanner and see what it comes back with. The memory is so cheap now it’s worth maxing out your machine.

* No I don’t work for Crucial, there’s no even affiliate links in this post. I was just very impressed with the prices we got yesterday, and the speed and efficiency of them.

14 Responses

  1. Chance says:

    Crucial memory is good stuff. I’ve bought a lot of memory in my day and there is none I trust more than Crucial for servers and such.

  2. Sarah says:

    I completely agree. I’ve ordered off them a couple of times now and discovered the other day that my own laptop can actually take another 1GB of RAM so I may be upgrading that too soon!

  3. Jem says:

    Memory is cheap at the moment, so I agree with what you said – if anyone has been thinking of getting an upgrade I’d definitely go for it. I spec’ed upgrades for all the computers at work via Crucial just this month. They’re a recognised brand and the name means quality.

    What I like about the website is that you can go there, type in the name or make of your computer, and it can find the right type of memory for you spot on. It saves me having to figure out the exact spec of a machine prior to costing the upgrades. Of course, you could also just use the system scanner like you say :p

  4. Sarah says:

    I agree, it’s great it knows exactly what you need. I use both methods off their site. Mainly because the scanner doesn’t work in Firefox, plus I was buying for 3 computers and not one was my laptop!

    However using the scanner I discovered I could take more RAM on my laptop, so yeah, the whole site is just well thought out and so user friendly.

  5. Kevin says:

    I’ve bought Crucial memory quite a few times now. 4 years ago I spent a few hundred pounds on 4gb of ram – they were the top of the range ones with the colour indicators that flash up and down your desktop to show activity..geeky but cool!!

    I also upgraded one of my older laptops with crucial and never had any problems. For such a respected brand, they’re usually well priced. I’ve never bought from them directly though, always via somewhere like ebuyer.com, so it’s good to know that direct is an option (ie. i’ll order directly if they’re cheaper!).

  6. Khalid says:

    With the prices of RAM dropping at the moment, it makes sense to upgrade it where possible. I think I paid several hundred for 4Gb of ram for my Mac Pro. It’s a fraction of that now! And 1Gb for my laptop comes in at £12! If only I had a spare slot on my laptop to fill!

  7. Sarah says:

    Kevin – I’ve never seen RAM with lights on it!

    Khalid – I know the feeling. About 18 months ago I spent over £60 on 2 * 512mb sticks for my old laptop. Before I’d got the new RAM in it started to overheat and shut down, and so it was a waste of a purchase!

  8. Dave McNally says:

    I bought 2gig of crucial ram recently too for my laptop and it cost even less than what you paid! I get mine from ebuyer and the 2gigs (2 x 1gig sticks) came in at £23.22.

    Definitely a top brand for the price.

  9. Sarah says:

    I’ll have to check on eBuyer before I buy a 2GB stick for my own laptop, see which one is cheaper 🙂

    Although Crucial has free delivery, so not sure about eBuyer on that front.

  10. Dave McNally says:

    Yeah, there’s usually a small charge I think but you can order up until 8pm for next day delivery and I had a free shipping voucher at the time which helps 🙂

  11. Goran Giertz says:

    Wow, it sounds like a great service. I’m in South Africa so I don’t know if they would take time sending goods I bought online to me. Damn it!

  12. Sarah says:

    Hey Goran, yeah it doesn’t look like they ship to Africa, yet them seem to ship to every other major continent – http://www.crucial.com/uk/international_guides/

  13. Shaw says:

    Wow, That is pretty amazing. I just got a virus on my main computer at home, and while I was able to fix it, I decided I better get one for back up. I was going to go to costco, but I’ll check the site out! Shaw

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Shaw, I don’t believe Crucial sell full systems, just peripherals such as memory and graphics cards. If you want to get a decent but cheap backup system go for a cheap Dell.

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