G5 imac memory....

mrstupid

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I searched a bit, and found a few threads however i didn't want to crash them so apologies for going over a possibly well answered topic. However within the next couple of days i am planning on getting an imac G5 (17" or possibly 20" depending on my student discount!) Anyway i am currently a pc user and in my pc i have a couple of sticks of Twin Mos PC3200 DDR ram. Rather than blow another £50 upgrading my memory to 512MB, will i be able to use this memory in the imac? Thanks
 

iGary

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My G5 iMac has been real fussy about RAM (well most Macs are).

I'd recommend Crucial. I just had a problem stick from them and they overnighted a swap no questions asked.

It's the first bad stick in like 20 i have bought from them. they are a little more, but the customer service is awesome and the product works.
 
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mrstupid

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yeah for peace of mind i might invest the extra £40 and buy a stick of 512mb from crucial. That would give me 700+ overall. Would that mac be fussy about having the standard mac memory with the crucial stick?
 
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SteveC

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mrstupid said:
yeah for peace of mind i might invest the extra £40 and buy a stick of 512mb from crucial. That would give me 700+ overall. Would that mac be fussy about having the standard mac memory with the crucial stick?
Nope :)

Mac RAM isn't Mac RAM anyway. They use a variety of company's RAM.

Also, congrats on your iMac purchase decision! You're going to LOVE it. :D
 
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mrstupid

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it was sort of an impulse buy. I have been using pc's for years but i just thought it will be nice to have a change. My only other problem is whether to get the 17" or 20". There is a £200 price difference. Oh and i am also not sure whether to get apple care...
 
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iGary

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The 512 stick I swapped out with the installed 256 it came with was exactly the same brand (Samsung) and memory module.

No worries.
 
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SteveC

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mrstupid said:
it was sort of an impulse buy. I have been using pc's for years but i just thought it will be nice to have a change. My only other problem is whether to get the 17" or 20". There is a £200 price difference. Oh and i am also not sure whether to get apple care...
Everyone is different, and all computer owners have had different experiences, or "luck" if you'll call it that. I am personally "in the black" with my AC purchases vs. repair costs I would've paid without AC.

I purchased AC at a cost of, I believe, $139 for my iMac G3/600. Slightly into the extended warranty coverage, I had a really bad GPU/screen problem which, to fix, required a complete replacement of the logic board. The repair tech told me it would've cost me $600 out of pocket without AC.

I purchased AC on my eMac 1GHz and had a hard drive problem/scare that ended up not needing to be fixed, but would've cost about $200 to fix with labor.

So far, AppleCare has served me well and I'll continue to get it because it has: (1) been a good financial investment for me so far and (2) given me peace of mind. :)
 
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