iMac RAM Advice

Discussion in 'iMac' started by lasuther, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. lasuther macrumors 6502a

    Feb 13, 2004
    Grand Haven, Michigan
    I am looking to add RAM to my iMac, which has the original 2x2GB and 2 empty slots. I am planning on 8GB RAM total, and here is what I’m considering.

    1. Add one 4GB stick, leave one slot empty for future expansion.
    2. Add a matched set of 2x2GB.

    The price is about the same (matched set costs $3 more). I multitask a lot (Skype, Vent, WoW, iTunes, 3 Safari windows open usually).

    Which is a smarter buy?
  2. Sirmausalot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2007
    I got 2X4GB for $50 from NewEgg. 12GB total is quite nice. Not sure what programs you're running though...
  3. Spike88 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010
    When buying future memory for my iMac, I would install in pairs. re: 2x2. If the price of 2x4 isn't that much more, I too would get 2x4 instead. Especially if the cost of upgrade to the next higher level isn't that much.... I hear installing "in pairs" in best with Apples. And, for PCs as well...

    Note: Some folks spend more dollars for popcorn at the movies then spending on memory upgrade (on a computer they use many times a week). If the purchase price of 2x4s is less then a few bags of popcorn, I upgrade to the next higher level.

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