Choosing memory--What brand(s)?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tempusfugit, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. tempusfugit macrumors 65816

    May 21, 2009

    I just took the plunge, ordered a 27" i7. I figured since I'm already $2300 in the hole to apple, that I simply cannot afford to upgrade memory through them. To upgrade to half the capacity with 2x4GB through apple costs about as much as getting 16 GB aftermarket.

    I'm probably just going to get 4x4GB and be done with the ram upgrades for this machine. I thought about doing 2x2GB + 2x4GB for a total of 12 but I think I'd rather just max this biatch out before the reality of what I'm spending fully sinks in.

    Question to fellow imac owners: What brand or brands of ram do you recommend? I have looked all over but it seems like reviews of a bunch of different 3rd party 1333mhz ram that some people had problems. I'm sure people with problems are the ones who tend to write reviews, but I really just don't want to be one of those people. I'm not above spending more than the minimum to go with a solid company with a good product (hence the imac). I'm looking for personal opinions on brands here, not what is the best deal at this very moment in time.

    Any suggestions?

    fwiw: i7 3.4 GHZ, 4GB ram (for now), 2GB Radeon 6970m, 1 TB (ssd + 1TB + thunderbolt raid eventually).
  2. TMRaven macrumors 68020


    Nov 5, 2009
    What exactly is 3rd party? Apple doesn't make its own ram, last I remember it used samsung memory for its iMacs, which is a different company just as much as any other you'd likely to find on sites such as newegg.

    What do I recommend? The cheapest. :)
  3. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    Isn't max 4x8GB, technically? lol

    I ordered a 1x4GB G.Skill last week from Newegg, only because it was $6 off. So $24.99 shipped... haven't gotten it yet though (tomorrow, I think).
  4. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008

    Absolutely no need to spend extra money on some certain brand. G.Skill seems to have good prices if you're in the US.
  5. tempusfugit, Jul 19, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2011

    tempusfugit thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 21, 2009

    I'm fully aware that apple doesn't manufacture memory. I guess what I meant by third party is ram that I don't purchase THROUGH apple.

    So apparently it doesn't matter what I go with. Fair enough. Thanks for the input errrrrrrrrbody.

    I went with other world computing. They had a 4x4GB package that cane out to $180 including tax and shipping. That's what I would have paid apple for 2x4GB. I think I'll be happy with that.
  6. chris1184 macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2011
    i went with crucial...great like a dream
  7. aliensporebomb, Jul 19, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2011

    aliensporebomb macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2005
    Minneapolis, MN, USA, Urth

    I went to NewEgg and they had a deal on G.Skill memory and I bought 16 gigs for my i7 iMac for $102 that included shipping and rush service. Best deal I've found yet for 16 gigs of 1333 ram.
  8. BigCanoe macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2003
    Would this work? Its $55 for 2x4GB, so $110 total for 16GB from newegg.

    G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Laptop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-8GBSQ
    Cas Latency: 9
    Timing: 9-9-9-24
    Voltage: 1.5V
    ECC: No
    Model #: F3-10600CL9D-8GBSQ
    Item #: N82E16820231342
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
  9. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
  10. dantra macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2011

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  11. nkawal macrumors regular

    Jan 12, 2011
    I bought 2 sets of this same memory when they were on sale 2 months ago. I ended up getting 16GB for $82.00..............I haven't even purchased my imac as yet. Figured i couldn't go wrong with the price.
  12. SundayDuffer macrumors 6502


    Jun 25, 2011
    16g of rams from gskill work well on my imac 2011. $100 well spent.
  13. jscw macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2011
  14. dantra macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2011
    I'm curious, is it 9-9-9-24 just like the G.Skill. The reason I ask is because the specs aren't listed on amazon or newegg. Thanks.


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