How to Upgrade the Memory in the 21.5" iMac (Late 2012)

Discussion in 'iMac' started by maxira, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. maxira macrumors member

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  2. Apple souce macrumors member

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    Orderd mine with 16GB. The risk, the time, the skill and the cost of all the tools make it not worh the hassle of upgrading the ram youself to save some 50 bucks or so.
     
  3. throAU macrumors 601

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    Probably not.

    But when 16gb memory modules are cheap it means that you can maybe go to 32gb.
     
  4. bobright macrumors 601

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  5. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

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    What a pain in the ass! Glad I never have to do that. Purchased mine maxed out.
     
  6. azentropy macrumors 68000

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    Actually closer to $150 if you already have the tools and get the memory yourself. I've seen 16gb (2x8) 12800 SO-DIMMs going for as low as $50.

    Others say you can swap out the RAM without having to remove anything other than the HD and Fan. The bigger issue is possibly voiding the warranty by breaking the adhesive seal and then re-sealing it.

    I've determined that 8gb is fine for what I'm using the iMac for, however sure would like to swap out the horribly slow 2.5" drive for a SSD.
     
  7. ZZ Bottom macrumors 6502a

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    In the past Apple has not voided warranty of customer opened machines. Now if they determine a problem is the result of faulty hardware repair/upgrade not by an ACS provider then yes they will deny coverage of effected components. I.e. if your hard drive fails and they suspect you have opened the machine up for whatever reason at some point, they are most likely going to replace the drive with no complaints.

    Of course accidentally breaking the glass is a guaranteed out of pocket repair...
     
  8. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040

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    Wow lol, what a huge pain in the ass to do, actually even worse then I thought it would be
     
  9. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

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  10. azentropy macrumors 68000

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    True, but In the past they haven't used an adhesive or released an iMac with out any user serviceable parts.
     

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