iMac SSD or 8 GB RAM upgrade

Discussion in 'iMac' started by dongiavongie, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. dongiavongie macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2011
    Hi, I am looking to help my friend buy an imac. He will be getting the 27" i7 imac with either the SSD or 8GB of RAM. The computer will be running many applications at the same time and he does a lot of programming with xCode. Which do you think is a better upgrade for him? I am leaning towards the SSD because it is easier to upgrade the RAM. Thanks!
  2. elpmas macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2009
    Where the fresh snow don't go.
    I would too, but with ram, it'll allow him to run more intense apps. :X
  3. dakhein macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2011
    NorCal, USA
    Correct. Buy aftermarket RAM but you probably should go SSD+HDD (1 or 2 TB) because you will want the extra space. 256 GB fills up fast.
  4. topmounter macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2009
    FEMA Region VIII
    If you have a budget, don't buy RAM from Apple. RAM is cheap and easy to install.
  5. Obioban macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2011
    He should get an SSD from Apple and nothing else.

    When it comes, order a hard drive online for the second bay and as much RAM as he can afford. Both are dirt cheap on newegg, etc, and will vastly speed up the computer.

    The SSD really only needs the OS and applications loaded on to it to get 90% of the benefit from it.

    More RAM is better... no need to limit to 8gb if he'll be running lots of programs at the same time. Aftermarket ram is cheap!
  6. Comeagain? macrumors 68020


    Feb 17, 2011
    Spokane, WA
    but there is a limit to what the OS can use. There is a limit at a chain point.
  7. David085 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 9, 2009
  8. philipma1957, Nov 27, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2011

    philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    he should not waste a dime on either one from the apple store. for ram in the usa this will work

    40 bucks add the 8gb to your 4gb and you have 12gb ram

    read this thread

    realize you can pull the hdds and put in ssds and not use its fan .

    you can build a super osx unit for booting and use the internal hdd for backup.

    if you find a lacie unit for 400 pull the hdds and sell them for 150 on ebay your case is 250 to 275.

    you can run one ssd inside of it and leave the other one empty you can put 2 ssds in it like a raid0 a raid1 or JBOD.

    look at this ssd from newegg

    you can pull 1 of the 2 hdds in it and just put this inside you can buy two of these and put 2 ssds inside.

    don't buy an internal ssd or extra ram for your iMac from apple just get a big internal 2tb hdd from apple.
  9. Obioban macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2011
    The current iMac and OSX both can support up to 32gb of RAM

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