Memory cost for new iMac low again

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Artful Dodger, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

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    Hi, just wanted to let some folks know it's nice to be able to put 2-1gig sticks into an iMac. The cost is about $130 for a 1gig stick on the Crucial web site, which is a better $$ than that 2gig stick cost ($390-600) not to mention only one slot on the Rev.C iMac.
    Anyway good move to get two open slots again and not jut one.
     
  2. theBB macrumors 68020

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    Crucial's website says the new iMacs can handle only 2GB RAM max total. As there is already 512MB in there, you cannot use 2 sticks of 1GB memory. You'll have to go with 512MB + 1GB. (G5 version could handle upto 2.5GB max.)

    Am I missing something?

    EDIT: Sorry, another website claims that the base 512MB memory is not soldered, so you may be able to remove it to place your 2 sticks of 1GB each. Anybody with more info?
     
  3. buffalo macrumors 65816

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    I'm getting $150.99 for a 1gig stick for my rev. b imac.
    is that a good price? haven't ever investagated prices before
     
  4. ebow macrumors 6502a

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    Check out RAMseeker. For opinions (there are many) on on the retailers / vendors / brands, run a quick search of these forums. General rule of thumb: you (almost) can't go wrong with Crucial, but you can certainly have perfect RAM-buying experiences from other places for less. I bought a 1GB stick for my rev B iMac for ... around $110-130 from Newegg, Patriot brand (not listed there last I checked) but I took precautions to ensure it would work in my iMac (since it wasn't guaranteed by Newegg).

    Thanks for the heads-up on that 2GB tidbit, Artful Dodger. I don't seem the new iMac's RAM type (PC2-5300) listed from any other vendors, or on the PC side of RAMseeker.
     
  5. buffalo macrumors 65816

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    is it worth the upgrade?

    i know most people on here recommend more ram, but for an average user is it necessary? i don't do any heavy work, and usually will only have an internet, aim and maybe itunes or some such program open. will i notice any recoginizible difference that is worth the money?
     
  6. Bubbasteve macrumors 65816

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    Does anyone know if the RAM for a Rev. C iMac (the latest PPC iMac) will work with a Rev. A intel iMac?
     
  7. Dr. Dastardly macrumors 65816

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    I always say that 1 gig is the sweet spot for any user. You will notice a difference from the standard 512mb.

    You can never have enough RAM. :cool:
     
  8. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, it's pretty clearly not soldered -- you can BTO it with 2x1GB or 1x1GB as memory configurations. ;)

    I too noticed the relatively reasonable RAM prices. Nice. Although I think you can still do better if you use the lowest cost reliable vendor from dealram.

    I wonder if 2GB 667 modules work in this iMac?
     
  9. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    iMac Intel Memory Wrapup:

    The iMac Intel Core Duo uses laptop RAM (DDR-2 667 MHz SODIMMs), and is completely unlike the preceding iMacs. You cannot use any memory from any prior Mac model.

    It has 2 memory sockets an no memory soldered on. It delivers with either a single 512 Mb SODIMM or a single 1 GB SODIMM depending on model.

    You can add a 512 Mb or a 1 Gb SODIMM to that -- RAM does not have to be matched. In order to take a 512 Mb machine to 2 Gb, you will remove the 512 Mb and install 2 x 1 Gb SODIMMs. You can then sell the 512 Mb to a MacBook Pro owner, because the intel Core Duo 'powerbook' uses the same memory as the iMac Core Duo.

    If you are in the USA I recommend Data Memory Systems who has the RAM in stock as of Jan 12 for US$108 per 1 Gb SODIMM, which is a great price. Crucial has it listed for about US$130, Kingston hasn't listed it yet.

    Thanks
    Trevor
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  10. applekid macrumors 68020

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    Wow... Apple's prices for the RAM is actually competitive? 1 GB was only a $100 (and you have a choice of having a 1 gig stick or 2 x 512 MB sticks!)

    Maybe I should've upgraded the RAM in my BTO...
     
  11. ebow macrumors 6502a

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    Not exactly: note that it costs $100 to add 512 MB bringing the total to 1 GB from Apple, while you can spend in the neighborhood of $100 to add twice as much (add 1 GB, bringing the total to 3x the original) if you buy from a 3rd party. That said, Apple's RAM prices do seem to be less of a rip-off than they were a few years ago.

    I was more than satisfied by adding an additional 1 GB to the 512 MB baseline of my iMac--a total of 1.5 GB is plenty for me and should be for as long as I own my rev B.
     
  12. brain21 macrumors newbie

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    Is this the same stuff? PC2-5300 DDR-2 667.

    1Gig starting at $66 (1st 1Gig listed is the 2nd one down)

    http://tinyurl.com/7cblw

    Brain21
     

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