Installing RAM question

Discussion in 'iMac' started by BySixa, May 19, 2015.

  1. BySixa macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2015
    SoIi have a mid 2010 iMac and ai have just bought a kit of 2x2gb ram sticks.
    So i was watching installation videos and all of them like this show that when your installing to take the original ram out. This has caused a lot of confusion for me as the aim for me was to install the 2x2gb sticks and keep my old 2x2gb sticks in the mac to give 8gb of ram.
    Do you need to take out the old ram or can u just install the new ram in the unused spots? I'm nearly certain I'm just being awkward and you can just utilise all 4 slots including the old ram but i've spent money and i want to be sure. Thanks
  2. loekf macrumors 6502a


    Mar 23, 2015
    Nijmegen, The Netherlands
    Should be ok, as long as you insert two new sticks of the same brand. Assuming you have more slots, I guess Apple put them into the lower 2 slots. Just stick the new ones into the upper 2. Just make sure they fit the required specs (type ... so DDR2, 3 etc. speed, voltage and CL latency).
  3. dyt1983 macrumors 65816

    May 6, 2014
    If you have empty slots, just fill them and leave the old ones alone. If there's any compatibility issues you'll have system stability problems and you can recall that you installed new RAM, otherwise it will run fine.
  4. redheeler macrumors 603


    Oct 17, 2014
    You can install the new RAM in the empty slots and it will work just fine as long as the specifications match the old RAM.

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