Help on up grading RAM

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  1. AmpedPhoto macrumors newbie

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    I need up up grading my RAM on my 20" iMac. It only has 512mb ( ithink) and it's way to slow for doing photography editing. I wanna make it faster so please help me out. What do I need to do? where can I get it? THANK YOU
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Welcome to the forum AP

    Your first lesson is: Be as specific in your question, especially about the model of your machine. There are four different 20" iMacs, and the all take different RAM

    20" iMac G4 takes one PC2700 SODIMM (user installable) and one PC2700 DIMM (technician only install)
    20" iMac G5 Rev A and B take two PC3200 DIMMs
    20" iMac G5 iSight model takes a single DDR2-533 DIMM
    20" iMac intel Core Duo, takes two DDR2-667 SODIMMs

    Second is, tell us your location.

    If you are in the USA for example, I recommend Data Memory Systems for Mac RAM.

    Thanks
    Trevor
    CanadaRAM.com
     
  3. mklos macrumors 68000

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    You can also get RAM here:

    www.memorytogo.com

    Its quite a bit cheaper than the link above depending on what type of RAM you need...

    Like CanadaRAM said...you need to specify what iMac you have exactly as they all take different types of RAM. If you have an Intel iMac, I would recommend that you definitely get at least a 1 GB DDR2 SODIMM. Rosetta uses a ton of RAM when in use.
     
  4. AmpedPhoto thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys, I have the new intel mac with the wireless package. Thats all In know...Thanks guys
     
  5. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    MTG US$106 - $118 depending on the model you choose + shipping -- they don't disclose shipping unless you register.

    DMS US$113 free USPS shipping
     
  6. AmpedPhoto thread starter macrumors newbie

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    wow thanks guys, Anyone have a clue how hard they are to install?
     
  7. thewhitehart macrumors 6502a

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    Buying RAM for a mac can be extremely daunting. I'm glad I found your post, as I just bought ram for my imac 17" core duo. I was very leary about buying it from newegg.com, but it works perfectly with my 17" imac core duo. No problems at all. One of the reviewers of this particular RAM I bought stated it worked perfectly with his 20" imac core duo. Here's the link

    Whenever I buy ram for my macs I go to crucial.com and run their wizard for choosing the right ram. Their ram is very expensive, though, so I take the results from their wizard and plug the same stats into newegg.com to get cheaper RAM with the same required specs. The Corsair SODIMM I bought was only 53 bucks, rather than the 70 something newegg was charging.

    Here's a tip for installing it. The imac manual will tell you to just pop the extra ram into the bottom slot and push it until it clicks. I found that I could not push it in all the way without pulling the two gray tabs in opposite directions to remove the original apple ram, then popping both chips in the slots and pushing the gray tabs towards each other. When you do that, both chips will click in properly.

    Just take into account that you're taking a chance with all 3rd party ram when it comes to macs. It's only fairly safe to say that apple ram is guarenteed to work, but who wants to pay that much?
     
  8. dogbone macrumors 68020

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    Ram in Australia

    For what it's worth I can very highly recommend these people for absolutely top quality guaranteed Mac Ram in Australia. $200 for a gig stick of 3200 DDR SDRAM for an emac, including delivery. That was about a year ago.

    www.macrabbit.net
     
  9. mklos macrumors 68000

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    You don't need to register to buy the RAM there and shipping is free and carries a lifetime guarantee on the RAM. Also, its guaranteed to work on the Mac you choose.
     
  10. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    DMS has lifetime warranty and is guaranteed to work in Macs. My main point is that the M2G prices are hardly "quite a bit" cheaper.

    I couldn't find shipping costs on the M2G site without entering personal information into the checkout -- here's what you get:

    An Error Has Occurred

    Billing First Name cannot be blank
    Billing Last Name cannot be blank
    Billing Address cannot be blank
    Billing City cannot be blank
    Billing Province cannot be blank
    Billing Zipcode cannot be blank
    Billing Daytime Telephone cannot be blank

    I don't like it when companies demand all this information from you before they tell you what their shipping cost is.
     
  11. Ken Wind macrumors newbie

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    Why would you want to spend more?

    I don't understand why you want to spend in excess of $50 more (2 x 1GB) by going through those sites. Newegg has 1GB sticks from reputable memory manufacturers for much less than those sites are charging. It is not "verified" to work with a mac, but it will, it's the same thing. The memory also comes with lifetime warranties. Why would you spend more?
     

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