3rd Party RAM upgrade to 16gb?

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  1. TheGoodster macrumors newbie

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    I'm very keen to buy a new iMac but i want to save as much money as possible! :) On my previous mac, i upgraded the RAM myself (which is easy enough) but with the new iMac line up i cant find anywhere where i can buy 16gb of RAM (except for the over priced apple store)

    Anyone got a link to a decent site? (UK based)
     
  2. mulo macrumors 68020

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    you just need 4x 4GB DDR3 PC10666 RAM. their all over the place
     
  3. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    skip the 16 gig upgrade, go with 12.

    figure 8 gigs costs 100 sheckles. That gives you 12 gigs when added to the original 4 gigs.

    but to go to 16 gigs you will need to spend 200 sheckles (8 gigs x 2) -- meaning the difference in price from 12 to 16 is 100 sheckles.

    So 100 sheckles for 4 gigs of ram. Ouch.
     
  4. SimonBS macrumors regular

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    I am considering changing the ram myself aswell but I cannot find out how many RAM slots the 2011 27" iMac has?
     
  5. TheGoodster thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Mulo, I was searching for 2x8GB (thinking there was only two slots)

    The apple website shows these configuration options:

    4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
    8GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB
    16GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 4x4GB

    So there are 4 slots in total! :)
     
  6. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    Im going to make a wild guess and throw out that maybe that info might possibly be on the apple web site? :eek:

    http://www.apple.com/imac/specs.html
     
  7. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    Only for the last 2 YEARS!! :eek:
     
  8. iRobby macrumors 6502a

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    Here is a 16GB kit:

    OWC 16.0GB (4x4.0GB Kit) PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz SO-DIMM 204 Pin CL9 SO-DIMM Memory Upgrade Kit for NEW! iMac Mid 2011 UPGRADES

    Apple: $600.00 OWC: $207.00
     
  9. wacomme macrumors regular

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    Generally, what's the performance difference between 12 gigs and 16 gigs?
     
  10. archer75 macrumors 65816

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    Depends on if you need the ram or not. If you are bumping up against the 12gb limit you'll notice some slow downs. If you aren't coming close to using the amount of ram you have then adding more does nothing.


    Or newegg: $166
     
  11. Pintail macrumors member

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    Odd. What about:

    12GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 3X 4GB?

    Will that work? And for 3rd party we need the laptop version, correct?
     
  12. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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  13. wacomme macrumors regular

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    I guess I could try 12 gigs first and see what happens. If I need more I could buy another 8 gigs and remove the 4 gigs from Apple. Either way, I wouldn't spend more than $200 for 16 gigs, and perhaps I can save $100 by using only 12 gigs. Seems like a win-win scenario.
     
  14. archer75 macrumors 65816

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    Depends on what you are using your computer for? Most people don't need even 12gb let along 8gb.
     
  15. raoul1219 macrumors newbie

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    good point !
    I might do that as well...
    then Id have 12GB 2x2 GB that came stock on my iMac
    and 2x4GB that I buy aftermarket and insert myself..

    but a question remains

    what is the impact of mixing RAM brands and RAM sticks (2 and 4) ?

    does anyone know. I'd appreciate your opinion

    Raoul
     
  16. archer75 macrumors 65816

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    Makes no difference. Just do them in pairs. You can have 2x 2gb sticks of one brand and 2x 4gb sticks of another and it makes no difference.
     
  17. raoul1219 macrumors newbie

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    thanks for you quick answer. A very good experience as a regular reader and "new" poster. Orderd an i7 IMac today. Estimated Delivery date 20 MAY, cant wait
     

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