Easiest ever end to end RAM upgrade

Discussion in 'iMac' started by CBedo, Mar 31, 2010.

  1. CBedo macrumors newbie

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    After purchasing my 27" i7 a few weeks ago now, I decided to go ahead and upgrade the RAM from the standard 4 gig to 12 by adding 2 4 gig parts. I have used Crucial before, and assumed I would again, but after doing a bit of shopping, I noticed that the OWC ram was cheaper, and OWC got good reviews here at MacRumors.

    Their site made it easy to select the right parts, and before I knew it, it was off to checkout where as an instant gratification kind of guy, I got another nice surprise seeing that even though shipping was free, I could have it 2 day for 7 dollars and overnighted for 13! The need for instant gratification won out and I chose the overnight option, bringing my total purchase to, still, well under $400 dollars.

    The RAM arrived as expected today, and after checking the installation procedure online, it took all of about 8 minutes to do the install. After powering down and unplugging the power, it took nothing more than a small phillips head screwdriver (normal household small, not computer part small) to unscrew the three screws holding in the plate that covers the ram slots. After removing the plate (and the screws staying attached to the plate so you don't lose them), you move the two plastic tabs (to help remove ram in the future) out of the way, pop in the parts, re-tuck the tabs in, screw the cover back on, and plug and power her up again. It really was that easy.

    Standard 4 gig is now a nice 12, and it just "feels" faster, LOL.
     
  2. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

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    That's awesome. Congrats!

    Enjoyed the story,
    Bryan
     
  3. mattpol macrumors regular

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    Just curious, did you keep the machine upright, or did you lay it down flat?

    Can't wait to take mine to 12.
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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    When ever I did my 20" iMac ram upgrade I kept mine upright and with all the cables still plugged in.
     
  5. CBedo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I actually kept it upright. I just turned it so the screen overhung the edge of my desk and worked from underneath it like a car up on a rack.
     
  6. Xtremehkr macrumors 68000

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    I priced RAM for my i7 and it's $700+ at the moment. I think I'll wait for the price to come down a little.

    Has anyone recently gone from 8GB to 16GB? Does it make a noticeable difference?
     
  7. mattpol macrumors regular

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    Thanks!
     
  8. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    Wouldn't 2x 4GB or 4x2GB be faster than 2x4GB+2x2GB for everyday use because you lose dual channel in the latter configuration? :confused:
     
  9. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    depends on what you are doing with it?

    and that ram has come down -- a lot.

    unfortunately you are on a RAM upswing in price right now.

    2 x 2 gigs (4 gigs total) was as little as $35 last year, now its $110...
     

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