iMac RAM questions

Discussion in 'iMac' started by mattmertz77, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

    Jan 13, 2013
    Hi, I am interested in buying a new iMac, probably the 21.5" and was told that I need lots of RAM for what I am buying it for, which is to make music with the computer (using virtual studio technology). I figure that 16GB should be enough so I was wondering if I buy it can I upgrade the RAM after? Also how much would this cost? And are there any reasons I shouldn't buy the computer?
  2. macrumors 6502a

    A Hebrew

    Jan 7, 2012
    I do not think you will need more than 8gb ram with just music editing software...but if you have no intention of upgrading get it.

    You can only get RAM increased before purchase on the 21" iMac. 27" offers use upgradability still.
  3. macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    2012 21.5" iMacs are NOT designed to have the RAM upgraded after purchase. My recommendation is if you want 16GB then purchase the 16GB model because Apple will not upgrade it later and you cannot unless you don't mind major surgery and very probably ruining your machine and it's warranty.
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 13, 2013
    thanks you both for replying. How much is the 16GB model?
  5. macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2012
    Contrary to what others have said, the memory in the 21.5" iMac CAN be upgraded after purchase:

    The difficulty is that the computer's case is held shut with double-sided tape, and you need some special-purpose tools to open it and a new set of tape pieces to close it up when you're done.

    You could contact an Apple store (or another authorized service shop) and ask how much it would cost to service the memory. Even buying cheap 3rd-party memory, the additional cost of installation probably makes the pre-installed memory a better deal.

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