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Insane Ram prices in Japan - Help!

By DonNagual
Dec 6, 2006
  1. Hey all. What would you do in my shoes?

    I am going to upgrade myself to a core 2 duo based system. I am going to keep the following parts:

    PSU: Antec Neo HE 550w
    GPU: Asus EN7800GT 256mb
    plus hard drives optical drives etc.

    I am looking at getting:
    Mobo: eVga nForce 680i SLI 775 Mainboard
    CPU: Core 2 Duo E6600

    I am mainly upgrading myself to get ready for the DX10 games. I am keeping my current graphics card until the DX10 games start coming out, and the DX10 graphics cards start coming down a bit in price.

    My question is this. Corsair (or any namebrand ram) in Japan is VERY expensive. For example, Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C4 is 44,000 yen (that's about $380 US and it is currently $250 on newegg). Same is true of all namebrand ram (Kingston etc.)

    I am considering paying the extra cost for the corsair as in the future I will probably want to OC the E6600 at some point (not right away but maybe next year or so).

    Here is the cost of generic ram as an alternative:
    240PIN DDR2 PC6400-1GB(DDR800) JEDEC x2 sticks: $280
    240PIN DDR2 PC5300-1GB(DDR667) JEDEC x2 sticks: $200
    240PIN DDR2 PC5300-1GB(DDR667) x2 sticks: $200
    240PIN DDR2 PC4300-1GB(DDR533) OEM x2 sticks: $190
    240PIN DDR2 DDR2 PC4300-1GB(DDR533) HYNIX original x2 sticks: $240
    240PIN DDR2 PC4300-1GB(DDR533) JEDECx2 sticks: $200
    240PIN UMAX Castor LoDDR2-1G-800 (PC6400-1GB CL5) x2: $280

    What would you do in my shoes?
     
  2. NFSFAN

    NFSFAN TS Rookie Posts: 245

    If I were in your shoes I would move to North America.
     
  3. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    i would wait a bit for the prices to fall, assuming that this is unusual for japan and will be rectified soon. that corsair xms is good stuff.
     
  4. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    Is that really a legitimate queastion? I really hope that was a joke, otherwise it was slightly innapropriate.
     
  5. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,404

    Nope. Not unusual at all, zephead.

    It is strange actually. There isn't a huge enthusiast market here, or at least so it seems to me. Whenever I mention to anyone that I build my own computers, the reaction is that I am a genious or something. That thought doesn't seem to cross most people's mind here.

    Most buy a Sony Vaio or some other pre-built Japanese computer.

    The price of enthusiast parts, especially ram, is expensive and there is no foreseeable change for that in sight.
     
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,715   +397

    How much are all the fees to get something like that shipped from over here?
     
  7. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,404

    Yes, I am considering that as well. The terrifs get expensive, but.... if it is a gift.... :rolleyes:
     
  8. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    Those prices are insane?!? Check tigerdirect.ca... you will see insane.
     
  9. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    Does NewEgg ship to Japan?

    If it does you should buy from there and have it shipped to you

    But if it doesnt you should get this one

    240PIN DDR2 PC4300-1GB(DDR533) OEM x2 sticks: $190

    It's the cheapest there and if you get 2 gigs the total is abit exspensive ( $380 ) but it's alot cheaper then getting $280 sticks x2

    Hope I helped :)


    Also NFSFAN you're stupid, go watch Nascar :haha:
     
  10. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,404

    Just checked. The same ram I want is $380Cdn on that site.

    In Japan, it is $435 Canadian dollars (44,000 yen).
     
  11. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    Argh... thought I had you beat :) Man I feel sorry for you.
     
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