2011 Imac and Memory

Discussion in 'iMac' started by applemike68, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. applemike68 macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2011
    Hi all,

    I'm on my second 2011 iMac and looking to upgrade the memory from the standard 4 GB to 8 or 16. I'm going to assume that more is better but where should I buy the memory? Newegg? Mac Sales? I've upgraded pc memory over the years but never a mac. I plan on using my new iMac for aperture and home movies and games for the kids. How hard is it to add memory? Would 8 be enough? Thanks
  2. DerekS macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2007
  3. DerekS macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2007
    To answer your other questions…

    Upgrading the ram on the iMac is very easy. There's a cover on the bottom under the Apple logo - 3 screws. Then you pull out the old simms using attached ribbons. Piece of cake.
  4. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    Go with 16 GB on the iMac. Take advantage of the 4 slots and do things a Macbook Pro could never do anywhere near the price.
  5. applemike68 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2011
    Great, Thanks,

    Should I keep the 4 GB that is already in there or should I remove it and install a fresh 16? Not sure...I don't want to cause a problem...Thanks again
  6. applemike68 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2011
    Here is what I came up with... I guess i should take out the stock memory and add the 16...I should be able to sell the stock on Ebay...

    GB Kit (4GBx2), 204-pin SODIMM, DDR3 PC3-10600 memory module

    Part Number: CT2116942
    Module Size: 8GB Kit (4GBx2)
    Package: 204-pin SODIMM
    Feature: DDR3 PC3-10600
    Specs: DDR3 PC3-10600 • CL=9 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR3-1333 • 1.5V • 512Meg x 64 •
  7. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    A lot of people simply get an 8GB kit and add it to the stock 4GB for a total of 12GB, while spending half as much as it would cost for 16GB. I'd say that's a considerably better deal.
  8. Texran macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2011
    You can buy a fresh 16 for under a 100 dollars just about anywhere. I've always preferred to buy memory in kits so that it populates all banks with matching sticks.
    I know a lot of people add 4 to make 12, I just wonder if that doesn't create problems, especially if the timings, and voltage aren't equal.
    Why pay a premium price for a computer, and then go out and try to buy, or do the cheapest ram upgrade.
  9. lbmeyer macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2011
    I picked up a pair of G.Skill 4GB sticks from a local store for my 27" iMac (2011) and thankfully, everything went smoothly. Installation was a breeze and no issues so far (touch wood). Reviews from newegg were quite positive, so I decided on to take the plunge.


    Now with 12GB memory, I don't constantly have to watch out for Safari sucking up all the ram.
  10. Bloodraw850 macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2011
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    You should keep the stock RAM incase you need to send in your iMac for service :)
  11. jouster macrumors 65816

    Jan 21, 2002
  12. 88 King macrumors 6502

    88 King

    Jun 18, 2011
    London, UK
    So Apple can see the fault is coursed by 3rd party RAM. :)
  13. dlmart2 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 2, 2007
    Sounds like you paid too much. You can get 4x4gb (16) for $139 shipped.

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