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matttyley
11th July 2010, 01:53 PM
I'm looking to upgrade to the Seagate Momentus XT 500GB Hybrid Drive and put 8GB of RAM in my 13" MacBook Pro. My problem is giving someone money... No one seems to want it.

I would have liked to purchase it from NewEgg because it's very very cheap from there, but no international shipping. I've been looking around and can't find the hard disk locally or the memory at a reasonable price, all prices I've found are over double the cost of what it is from NewEgg!

Where is the best place to purchase these items at a reasonable price?

Hard Disk: Newegg.com - Seagate Momentus XT ST95005620AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s with NCQ Solid State Hybrid Drive -Bare Drive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148591)

Memory: Newegg.com - Mushkin Enhanced 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Memory for Apple Model 976644A (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226015)

Thanks,

Matt.

decryption
11th July 2010, 02:20 PM
Why ya buying it from the USA? Plenty of places in Australia sell this stuff.

ST95005620AS - Price Comparison Australia - Buy Cheap (http://staticice.com.au/cgi-bin/search.cgi?q=ST95005620AS&spos=3)
Approx $190 inc delivery for the HDD.

4gb so-dimm ddr3 - Price Comparison Australia - Buy Cheap (http://staticice.com.au/cgi-bin/search.cgi?q=4gb+so-dimm+ddr3&spos=1)
Approx $320 inc delivery for the RAM.

matttyley
11th July 2010, 02:34 PM
Thanks for the reply decryption,

I have used that comparison site in the past, my main issue is not knowing how reputable the resellers are that come up. Cheapest doesn't always mean best...

Are there any resellers on there that you'd recommend?

decryption
11th July 2010, 10:21 PM
Thanks for the reply decryption,

I have used that comparison site in the past, my main issue is not knowing how reputable the resellers are that come up. Cheapest doesn't always mean best...

Are there any resellers on there that you'd recommend?

They're all pretty good, there's none there I'd have problems dealing with. As long as you use a credit card, you'll be fine (chargeback their arse if they dont' ship).

MetalPhreak
14th July 2010, 01:57 AM
Seagate Momentus XT ST395005620AS 500GB [ST95005620AS] - $199.00 : PC Case Gear (http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=14722)

Never had any issues ordering from PCCaseGear. I think you'll find that most places don't actually have stock. It would seem seagate isn't making enough or they underestimated demand. Heaps of threads on USA forums with people complaining about the lack of stock.

matttyley
14th July 2010, 07:44 AM
PCCaseGear only offers pre-ordering of it. Actually, I couldn't find that drive in stock anywhere in Australia.

I really hate buying things using eBay, but in this case it doesn't look like I had a lot of choice. I gave in and I'm paying $205 for the hard disk and $330 for the 8GB of RAM.

Can't wait to get them installed!

Jayman80
14th July 2010, 03:33 PM
Umart Computer Notebook&PC Parts - Umart onlineŽ Your one stop Computer Shop for computer parts,notebook and new system (http://www.umart.com.au) are supposed to have these in stock today. I assume most other places will start getting these in stock soon also.

darchand
18th November 2010, 10:41 AM
hi Matt, I just ordered the same gear from Amazon in the US. cost me a total of AUD $295 for Kinsgton 8GB + 500GB Momentus XT drive, including express courier delivery, so i'm pretty happy.

interested to hear how you are finding the performance boost. i will also be installing in a 2010 MBP 13".

kungfucamel
18th November 2010, 11:26 AM
Umart - $155.00
Umart Online (http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=132&bid=2&sid=58944)

Umart are pretty good and they have it in stock.

They also have 4gb DDR3 Corsair memory sticks in stock for $99.00
Umart Online (http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=113&bid=2&sid=65649)

edit: beaten above but links included.

sobie2000
18th November 2010, 11:34 AM
What happens if your momentus xt is a dud? Shipping back to the states and turnaround time for replacement should be factored in. Lots of people including me have had bad drives.

Local RMA is cheaper and faster.

I bought my moment us xt from scorptec, they have them on special last time I checked 3weeks ago. My replacement drive from them is working so far.

glacierdave
18th November 2010, 12:03 PM
In addition, what happens if it doesn't work properly but when you send it back to the US for repair they tell you it's working fine and send it back with an invoice to cover their time and shipping costs?

Then you need to find a tech locally to sort out what's wrong and pay more money again.

If you're technically skilled then you can save some money but often at the cost of paying more to get faults remedied down the track.

Pay now, pay later. You're going to pay either way.

sauso
18th November 2010, 02:15 PM
Ramcity will match US prices as per this thread (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/42/94779-much-30-off-all-apple-mac-memory-ram-upgrades.html#post1055303).

They also have a 8GB kit for 187 bucks here (http://www.ramcity.com.au/product/KIN1-AM)15I-8G-05.htm).

That is where i will be getting mine from in a few weeks. :)

Sethgun
18th November 2010, 11:52 PM
dude, order the hdd from centrecom (i got mine about 3 weeks ago for my new 15" i7 mbp) They are local in victoria and (maybe) interstate. Paid $165 for momentus xt 500gb.

Order the mem from owc in the us, buy their own brand. 2x4gb sticks of 1067mhz that are cl7 i paid about $160US shipped here. Cheapest by far and awesome quality. Also, if u look at ssd for your boot drive, owc have their own awesome ones and brackets to mount a 2nd drive inside, while removing the superdrive. Bracket buy form ebay though, much cheaper

iPadlover22
20th November 2010, 12:24 PM
I've got a couple of awesome independent computer stores nearby, and most of them can easily order in things such as the Momentus XT upon asking. Prices are decent too. If you've got local shops like that, you should try them out :)