16gb or 12gb ram?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ezatech, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. ezatech macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2011
    Lashed out and bought a top of the line iMac 27inch for editing purposes / video / web design etc...

    What would be the best option vs price.

    1) Add 2x4GB sticks to the 2X2GB sticks it comes with (stock) = 12GB total.


    2) 4 x 4GB sticks = 16GB and then selling the 2x 2GB sticks on ebay.

    Would performance be affected if i did option 1 in regards to different brands of ram (the apple stock) and OWC brand ram?

    Thanks heaps,
  2. 88 King macrumors 6502

    88 King

    Jun 18, 2011
    London, UK
    There shouldn't be any performance degradation by mixing 3rd party ram sticks with those came with the imc (likely Samsung).

    If you decide to get 16GB of ram, I'd suggest you keep the stock ram as backup incase you need to send the imac back for repair. Beside you are not likely to get more the $10 for each stick.
  3. SR20DETDOG macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2011
    Queensland Australia
    Why not just buy 2x4GB for 12GB, try it out and see how it goes, then if you do need/want more you can just buy another 2x4GB for the full 16GB.
  4. Kasalic macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2011
    This is what we did we our two iMacs in the office. Running office and Windows VM, and the difference from 4GB to 12GB has made a huge improvement. We were prepared to go to 16GB if we needed to but have decided to put it off for now.
  5. Dresevski macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2011
    The price of RAM is pretty low, basically bottomed out, just get the 16GB. Once you throw it in you'll forget about it and it'll done forever. I have 12GB and wish I had just done 16

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