Early 08 iMac - max ram capacity?

jonnysods

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I'm sorry everyone for not posting about the new i5 & i7's! I wish I were! My iMac is showing it's age and it's limited processing power (I would love an i7).

I need to get more power out of this thing, the only way I can do that is by getting more ram. So I was thinking about getting two 4gb sticks, but I heard that there was a limitation on this model, perhaps a 6gb limit.

So my questions are:

1. how much ram can I get in this bad boy?
2. where is a good, cheap place to get 4gb DDR2 800mz sodimm's?

Thanks!
 

53x12

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I'm sorry everyone for not posting about the new i5 & i7's! I wish I were! My iMac is showing it's age and it's limited processing power (I would love an i7).

I need to get more power out of this thing, the only way I can do that is by getting more ram. So I was thinking about getting two 4gb sticks, but I heard that there was a limitation on this model, perhaps a 6gb limit.

So my questions are:

1. how much ram can I get in this bad boy?
2. where is a good, cheap place to get 4gb DDR2 800mz sodimm's?

Thanks!
http://mactracker.dreamhosters.com/

That will answer all your questions about your particular Mac and what kind and how much memory it supports.
 

Badger^2

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what are using you iMac for?

More ram wont get you "more power" unless you are using so many applications now that you bump into the current 4 gig limit.

And you are talking $200 for a single 4 gig chip, which will not give you $200 more performance

Another resource for mac specs: http://www.everymac.com/
 

jonnysods

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Wow, that app is incredible!!!! Thank you!

I'm using the iMac for PS and AI work, but as I'm an office manager and communications manager at my work I have VMware open while I do various tasks (some of the apps just aren't available on :apple: such as Publisher). I try to keep VM shut down as much as possible, but then I use Entourage as my exchange client, firefox as my gmail mail window, safari for browsing, then perhaps Soundtrack Pro as I edit audio from time to time during the week.

Oh, and iTunes of course.

I'm constantly switching between these so I need them open. But it just seems to be eating up resources more and more these days. I could definitely do with some more CPU power (but I don't have enough money for a new iMac in my budget).

What I'm really hoping for is to get a new i5 or i7 MacBook Pro.
 

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