2011 Imac and Memory

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  1. applemike68 macrumors regular

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    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

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  3. DerekS macrumors 6502

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231266

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

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

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    Why?
     
  12. 88 King macrumors 6502

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    So Apple can see the fault is coursed by 3rd party RAM. :)
     
  13. dlmart2 macrumors 6502a

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

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