iMac G5 memory options

Alter Ego

macrumors newbie
Original poster
May 11, 2005
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Australia
I want to buy an iMac G5 with 1GB memory. The Apple Store lists two choices:
- 1GB DDR400 SDRAM - 2 DIMMs
- 1GB DDR400 SDRAM - 1 DIMM
Which one is better? The 1 DIMM is more expensive; does that mean it is the better choice?
 

CanadaRAM

macrumors G5
The best option is to buy the Mac from Apple with the minimum RAM and install your own. Get the iMac with a single 512 Mb module, then buy a 1 Gb module from a reputable seller who guarantees compatibility with the iMac G5 and offers a lifetime warranty. You'll end up with 1.5 Gb for a reasonable price. The RAM installation in the iMac is a doddle.

If you must order from Apple, get the single 1 Gb module, so you have an empty socket remaining allowing you to update it later without pitching one of the 512 modules you paid for...
 

Eidorian

macrumors Penryn
Mar 23, 2005
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Indianapolis
I bought a 1 GB stick off of 18004Memory.com for $129. I was hoping that I would get a Samsung stick and I did. It also has the same timing as the stock stick. They get along quite nicely for 1.5 GB of total RAM. It's awkward but I'm happy that it worked out. You can try Crucial.com as well. My company has bought almost a dozen of sticks from them. Their service and quality is great.
 

eXan

macrumors 601
Jan 10, 2005
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Russia
CanadaRAM said:
The best option is to buy the Mac from Apple with the minimum RAM and install your own. Get the iMac with a single 512 Mb module, then buy a 1 Gb module from a reputable seller who guarantees compatibility with the iMac G5 and offers a lifetime warranty. You'll end up with 1.5 Gb for a reasonable price. The RAM installation in the iMac is a doddle.

If you must order from Apple, get the single 1 Gb module, so you have an empty socket remaining allowing you to update it later without pitching one of the 512 modules you paid for...
I agree with CanadaRAM. Get standard 512 stick and then add another gig when you get iMac